Ethical Guidelines for Authors
Equinox endorses and enforces the following gold standards of academic authorship. Contributors to our journals are expected to agree to all of them. Should an occasion arise where standards are not met post-publication, Equinox reserves the right to require the authors to revise their paper to make any necessary factual corrections, or may publish an erratum note or in extreme cases may issue a redaction.
* We do not allow simultaneous submission (i.e. submission to more than one journal at a time)
* We only publish original work (exceptions may be considered if a new paper provides a very significant expansion on a previously published paper and proof must be supplied to support this assertion or translations from languages that are less generally accessible to the readership of this journal)
* we will apply anti-plagarism software to screen submissions as necessary. We insist on proper acknowledgements being given to near verbatim recycling, verbatim copying of material, and permissions secured for material that is copyrighted.
* Authors should not include any statements or allegations that are are untrue regarding any individual or entity
* If an author identifies a significant error or inaccuracy in their article post-publication, they should inform us so that we can decide how to correct the article if this is warranted. Options include a correction or full retraction.
* If any content potentially poses a threat to national security or public health this must be flagged by the author and may need to be removed
* Authors need to have cleared or obtained permission for the use of any proprietary software, scales, or other research-related tools
* We do not endorse -- and will question-- excessive self-citation
* Authors should adhere to discipline-specific rules for acquiring, selecting and processing data concerning individuals and respect their privacy
* Authors should conform to best-practice protocols for sharing of data sets and records used in their study.
* Upon request authors should be prepared to send relevant documentation or data in order to verify the validity of the results presented. This could be in the form of raw data, samples, records, etc. Sensitive information in the form of confidential or proprietary data is excluded.
The Journal and Publisher assume all authors agreed with the content and that all gave explicit consent to submit and that they obtained consent from the responsible authorities at the institute/organization where the work has been carried out, before the work is submitted. The Publisher does not prescribe the kinds of contributions that warrant authorship. It is recommended that authors adhere to the guidelines for authorship that are applicable in their specific research field. In absence of specific guidelines it is recommended to adhere to the following guidelines*:
* All authors whose names appear on the submission 1) made substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data; or the creation of new software used in the work; 2) drafted the work or revised it critically for important intellectual content; 3) approved the version to be published; and 4) agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
Deceased or incapacitated authors For cases in which a co-author dies or is incapacitated during the writing, submission, or peer-review process, and the co-authors feel it is appropriate to include the author, co-authors should obtain approval from a (legal) representative which could be a direct relative.
Authorship issues or disputes In the case of an authorship dispute during peer review or after acceptance and publication, the Journal will not be in a position to investigate or adjudicate. Authors will be asked to resolve the dispute themselves. If they are unable the Journal reserves the right to withdraw a manuscript from the editorial process or in case of a published paper raise the issue with the authors’ institution(s) and abide by its guidelines.
Confidentiality Authors should treat all communication with the Journal as confidential which includes correspondence with direct representatives from the Journal such as Editors-in-Chief and/or Handling Editors and reviewers’ reports unless explicit consent has been received to share information.
* Based on/adapted from: ICMJE, Defining the Role of Authors and Contributors, Transparency in authors’ contributions and responsibilities to promote integrity in scientific publication, McNutt at all, PNAS February 27, 2018
Authors must disclose all relationships or interests that could have direct or potential influence or impart bias on the work. Although an author may not feel there is any conflict, disclosure of relationships and interests provides a more complete and transparent process, leading to an accurate and objective assessment of the work. Awareness of a real or perceived conflicts of interest is a perspective to which the readers are entitled. This is not meant to imply that a financial relationship with an organization that sponsored the research or compensation received for consultancy work is inappropriate.
Examples of potential conflicts of interests that are directly or indirectly related to the research may include but are not limited to the following: • Research grants from funding agencies (please give the research funder and the grant number) • Honoraria for speaking at symposia • Financial support for attending symposia • Financial support for educational programs • Employment or consultation • Support from a project sponsor • Position on advisory board or board of directors or other type of management relationships • Multiple affiliations • Financial relationships, for example equity ownership or investment interest • Intellectual property rights (e.g. patents, copyrights and royalties from such rights) • Holdings of spouse and/or children that may have financial interest in the work In addition, interests that go beyond financial interests and compensation (non-financial interests) that may be important to readers should be disclosed. These may include but are not limited to personal relationships or competing interests directly or indirectly tied to this research, or professional interests or personal beliefs that may influence your research