Publication Ethics and
Publication Malpractice Statement
Our guidelines are aimed at securing best practice for academic research, scholarship and publication under the overall heading of facilitating the production and distribution of free and accessible new scientific humanistic knowledge.
All parties involved, i.e. authors, editors, reviewers, publisher and the editorial board are expected to follow our guidelines conscientiously:
Authors have the responsibility to supply entirely original work, and when the works of others have been used that clear references are made according to the journal's bibliographical style sheet. Plagiarism in any form is unacceptable and it constitutes unethical scholarly behaviour. Submitting the same article to other journals at the same time is also considered unethical publishing behaviour and is also unacceptable. Likewise, authors are expected not to submit articles with similar content based on the same research to other journals. Manuscripts which have been published as copyrighted material elsewhere cannot be submitted. If an article has been written by more than one author, all authors must have full consensus about the final version of the article. This is the responsibility of the corresponding author. All authors of an article must have contributed significantly to the research. Authors are obliged to participate in peer review process. There are no fees or charges for publication in Academic Quarter, and no royalties or fees are given to authors. Authors retain the copyright to their articles published in the journal. It is the duty of an author to ensure that there are no copyright infringements in his or her article, likewise no libellous material or statements. All authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes after the article has been published. If authors have received financial support for the work, it must be mentioned. If an author objects to the review of his or her manuscript, an appeal can be sent to the editors-in-chief. Since Academic Quarter is an online journal with website visits as capital, we require that authors refrain from reprinting or redistributing the published articles elsewhere. Authors may use imbedded links on other websites or link to the published article. We operate with an embargo period of 24 months before an article can be redistributed in a local institutional repository.
Editors should evaluate manuscripts on the recommendation of the reviewers and on the basis of their academic soundness. Like the reviewers, editors must not use unpublished information in their own research without the express written consent of the author. When a submitted manuscript or published article has received ethical or other complaints, it is the duty of the editors to take prompt and reasonable responsive measures. The publication ethics of the journal mean that editors must take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred or has been alleged, and in no case, shall a journal or its editors encourage such misconduct, or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place. If needed, the editors must always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies, and if a published article need to be corrected or in severe cases retracted the editors must take prompt action to do so.
All of the journal’s content is subjected to blind, double peer-review. Peer-review is defined as obtaining advice on individual manuscripts from reviewers’ expert in the field. Reviewers must treat all manuscripts as confidential documents and not use them for their own research or personal or professional advantage. Reviewers must have no conflict of interest and must be objective. If suggested reviewers are unable to be this or if they feel academically unable to perform the review as experts in the field, they should excuse themselves, and also if they are unable to write the review promptly. The review itself must be formulated clearly with supporting arguments, and it must help the author to improve the manuscript. Reviewers should point out relevant published work which is not yet cited in the manuscript. If a manuscript is rejected, the rejection must always be accompanied with sufficient arguments for the rejection. Reviewed articles must be treated confidentially.
The editorial board
The editorial board of Academic Quarter and its panel of reviewers are all recognized experts in its field. The full names and affiliations of the members are provided on the journal’s website. Contact information for the editorial office is available on the journal’s website. If the journal should discontinue publication, already published articles will remain on the journal website as an accessible archive. The editorial board maintains a set of directions available for authors and for reviewers, respectively, and it continuously recruits potential new reviewers. If on the other hand a reviewer should consistently write poor academic reviews, or late reviews, the editorial board should stop using the reviewer. It is the general duty of the editorial board to improve the journal continuously and actively seek out the best authors and actively encouraging their submissions. The editorial board meets at least once annually..
Publishers and editors must take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred. In no case must Academic Quarter or its editors encourage such misconduct, or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place. In the event that Academic Quarter’s publisher or editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct the publisher or editor must deal with allegations appropriately and promptly according to the guidelines for retracting or correcting articles as stated above. Academic Quarter’s publisher and editors must always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.
Copyright and Access
Authors retain the copyright of their articles, yet since Academic Quarter is an online journal with website visits as capital, we require that authors refrain from reprinting or redistributing the published articles elsewhere. Authors may use imbedded links on other websites or link to the published article. We operate with an embargo period of 24 months before an article can be redistributed in a local institutional repository.
Academic Quarter is an open-access journal available to all readers with no fees whatsoever.
In the event that Academic Quarter should cease publication, its content will be achieved and be still available at Aalborg University’s and Aalborg University Library’s website with its present URL-address.
Academic Quarter publishes two issues annually.
The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.
Our publication's ethics and publication malpractice statement is primarily based on Elsevier recommendations for Publishing & Research Ethics (https://www.elsevier.com/__data/assets/word_doc/0018/116082/pems_june15.docx) and on The COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors (http://publicationethics.org/files/Code_of_conduct_for_journal_editors_Mar11.pdf)