Policies for Research Journalism
- Philosophy of Research Journalism
- Who Can Submit?
- General Submission Rules
- Formatting Requirements
- Rights for Authors and Research Online
Philosophy of Research Journalism
For more information, please see Research Journalism Aims and Scope page.
Who Can Submit?
Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Research Journalism provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).
General Submission Rules
Submitted articles cannot have been previously published in their entirety, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Research Journalism, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Research Journalism. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Research Journalism please contact the editors. Also please note that the editors will consider accepting articles that have been published or broadcast in part in mainstream media.
Research Journalism has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.
It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.
Rights for Authors and Research Online
As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Research Online all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.
Attribution and Usage Policies
All articles published by Research Journalism are covered by the Creative Commons 2.5 Share Alike licence. All reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of articles or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by the personal-use exemption or by written agreement of Research Journalism requires credit to Research Journalism.
Authors do not require further permission from Research Journalism to republish their own articles.
General Terms and Conditions of Use
Users of the Research Online website and/or software agree not to misuse the Research Online service or software in any way.
The failure of Research Online to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Research Online and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.