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Publications Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The editorial staff and editors of the Journal of International and Global Studies fully recognize that the publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. Therefore, the staff and editors of the Journal of International and Global Studies concur that the standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing essays: the author or authors, the journal editors, the peer reviewers, and Lindenwood University Press. The staff and editors of the Journal of International and Global Studies insist on the following ethical parameters for the publication of essays:

Academic Integrity

The Journal of International and Global Studies (JIGS) ensures the highest of academic integrity in its publications. All published material follows international ethical guidelines and is open to correction or clarification where necessary. If correction is necessary, the Editorial Board will ensure that material is revised to show correct work as quickly as possible. Please see sections on Copyright and Editorial Decisions for further information regarding Academic Integrity.

Access

The Journal of International and Global Studies is available to readers as an open-access online format. Readers can access the journal through the Lindenwood University website or through a content search through EBSCO Host. All journal articles are published within EBSCO Host. No subscription is necessary to access the journal or its content; all content is free and open to the public for use.

Appeals Procedure

Appeals regarding publication of research in the Journal can be submitted to the Chief Editor or Associate Editor if the researcher feels his or her research should be further considered for publication. Please contact the Journal of International and Global Studies through the Center for International and Global Studies, Lindenwood University, 209 S. Kingshighway, St. Charles, MO 63301, 636-949-9244, rscupin@lindenwood.edu. Appeals will be considered via mail or email.

Archiving

All current and prior issues of the Journal of International and Global Studies are available through the Lindenwood University website. All archived issues are available to the public for free access. In the event that the Journal would no longer be published, all previous content will be available through the Lindenwood University website indefinitely, as well as full archived articles can be accessed through EBSCO Host. The Lindenwood Website content, including Journal content, is electronically backed up each evening by main servers on campus and at off campus sites.

Commercial Considerations

Commercial advertisements are not allowed through the Journal of International and Global Studies. Any influence from commercial entities to the journal shall be disregarded by the Chief Editor and all advertisements will be refused.

Complaints

Complaints may be received by readers, publishers, authors, reviewers, editors, or otherwise. Complaints will be dealt with on a case by case basis; complaints will be considered in written or email form (Center for International and Global Studies, Lindenwood University, 209 S. Kingshighway, St. Charles, MO 63301, 636-949-9244, rscupin@lindenwood.edu). Complaints from outside parties will be considered by the Chief Editor and the Associate Editor; complaints from within will be considered by alternative members of the editorial board. A letter or email of explanation will be sent to the whom the complaint is made by the Chief Editor to explain further the situation, whether it be procedural, based on principal, or otherwise. If the complaint is against the Chief Editor, the complaint shall be sent to the Associate Editor and shall be assessed by all Associate and Assistant Editors.

Conflict of interest

Reviewers of content in Journal of International and Global Studies shall have no conflict of interest in regards to submitted or published work or in regards to research accepted or rejected. Each submission shall be submitted confidentially and should not be open to conflicts of interest. The affiliation between editors and researchers shall be based on trust, confidence, responsibility, and intellectual reliability. All policies and procedures are clearly stated on the JIGS website and are available to anyone who is interested. The Journal of International and Global Studies does not have outside advertising, therefore alleviating advertising and reprinting issues with conflict of interest.

Copyright

In regards to copyright parameters for the publication of essays, the editors of the Journal of International and Global Studies insist that the corresponding author has the approval of all other listed authors for the submission and publication of all versions of the manuscript. All people recognized as authors have been included on the list of authors and everyone listed as an author has made an independent material contribution to the manuscript. Work submitted in the manuscript is original and has not been published elsewhere and is not presently under consideration of publication by any other journal other than in oral, poster or abstract format. Editors ensure that the article does not contain material copied from anyone else without their written permission and that all material which derives from prior work, including from the same authors, is properly attributed to the prior publication by proper citation. All manuscripts will be maintained on the servers of the Journal and held to be a valid publication by the Journal only as long as all statements in these principles remain true. If any of the statements above ceases to be true the authors have a duty to notify the Journal as soon as possible so that the manuscript can be withdrawn.

Corrections to the Journal

If a correction is deemed appropriate, the Chief Editor shall take necessary measures to correct the improper information or material and provide information to the reader as to whether the correction was made internally or by the author. The Chief Editor shall also, when appropriate, contact the author to whose work the changes were made, in writing, of the correction.

Editorial Decisions

When an essay is first submitted to the Journal of International and Global Studies the Chief Editor sends the manuscript to the entire editorial staff in order to determine whether the essay is readable, coherent, original, relevant to the body of quality research in International Studies, and is valid based on solid evidence and reasoning. At this time the editorial staff also checks the essays for plagiarism issues. At the online site for the Journal of International and Global Studies, the editors provide advice for potential authors as to what types of essays the Journal of International and Global Studies encourages. If the editorial staff agrees, the Chief Editor contacts the author or authors indicating whether the essay will be sent out for a double-blind peer review.

Editorial decisions shall be based on relevance to the Journal’s mission statement, precision of work, content, validity, and the relevance for the global audience interested in International Studies.

Editorial Team/Contact Information

The Editorial Board is listed on the JIGS website, housed under “About the Journal”. Each member has his or her position with the Journal and name as well as their position within their respective university. Each member of the International Advisory Board is listed with information about his or her university, position, and a link to a short biography about each. All general inquiries can be sent to the Center for International and Global Studies, whose contact information can be found on each page of the Journal’s website.

General duties and responsibilities of Editors

The general duties and responsibilities of the editors of the Journal of International and Global Studies is to fairly assess the coherence and validity of the scholarship of the essays, review essays of two books or more, and book reviews submitted on a biannual basis. Unlike most of the physical or biological sciences, scholars within the interdisciplinary field of International Studies are involved in varying schools of thought and have fundamental disagreements with one another regarding theoretical and methodological issues. The editors are aware of these theoretical and methodological issues and strive to remain as objective and fair as possible in assessing the scholarship in the essays, review essays, or book reviews for the journal.

The Chief Editor is responsible for recruiting peer reviewers for the essays that are submitted and oversees and monitors the double-blind peer review process. The Chief Editor is responsible for obtaining relevant books for review essays of two books or more and book reviews from various publishers who have books related to International Studies. In addition, the Chief Editor recruits the authors for the review essays of two books or more, and the book reviews.

Governing Body

The Journal of International and Global Studies maintains an Editorial Board, consisting of a Chief Editor, Associate Editor, two Assistant Editors, and two Editorial Assistants. These positions are open to change at any point in time, at the will of the Chief Editor. The Journal organizes an International Advisory Board, whose membership numbers can change at any point based on the instruction of the Chief Editor in conjunction with the Editorial Board. Each member of the International Advisory Board maintains a unique background and subject area and is considered an expert in his or her field. Each member’s field of study is aligned within the framework of the Journal and he or she can provide adequate knowledge for current and aspiring authors in the Journal. Each Advisory Board member’s full name and affiliation is listed.

Research misconduct

The Editorial Board will make its best effort to identify potential research misconduct, including plagiarism, data distortion, false reporting, fabrication, and the like. Research misconduct is considered a serious infraction and will not be taken lightly. If research misconduct is recognized the Chief Editor reserves the right to contact the institutional authorities or the funding agencies of the author or authors of the essays, review essays, or book reviews to report the incident.

Name of Journal

The Journal of International and Global Studies is unique and conveys the mission of the Journal to include material of international and global matters.

Originality and Content

The Journal of International and Global Studies requires that all published works including essays, review essays, and book reviews are original and have not been previously published on the Web or in other journals, newsletters, or elsewhere. The journal does allow the republication of an essay in another language provided that there is a disclosure of its original publication. With permission of the Chief Editor the journal does allow the essay, review essay, or book review to be reprinted in an edited volume or other published source.

Management

The Journal of International and Global Studies is managed by its Editorial Board and the Center for International and Global Studies at Lindenwood University.

Peer Review Process

Materials submitted to the JIGS are peer reviewed on the following criteria: (1) use of a theoretical or conceptual framework, (2) acknowledgment of relevant literature, (3) originality in analysis, (4) appropriateness of methodological approach, (5) contribution to the advancement of knowledge, (6) use of a global perspective, and (7) clarity of expression. Once the editors have received the submitted essay and deemed it worthy for double-blind peer review the Chief Editor recruits the appropriate peer reviewers to send the essay to for comments. The essay is sent out without any of the author’s names so that it will be a double-blind peer review. The Chief Editor provides instructions to the peer reviewer as to how the double-blind peer review process works. The Chief Editor provides a two month period for a peer review of an essay. When the peer reviewer returns comments, they are sent to the author or authors without the name of the peer reviewers. We require at least three independent double-blind peer reviews for each essay. If the peer reviewers unanimously recommend the rejection of the essay, the Chief Editor will inform the author or authors that the essay has been rejected for publication. In the event that there is not unanimous agreement on the essay, the Chief Editor will recruit other peer reviewers to help determine whether the essay is publishable. This process is completely confidential. The Chief Editor does not inform anyone outside of the editorial staff regarding the outcome of the double-blind peer reviews. If all the peer reviews are positive and there is unanimous agreement that the essay should be published with some revisions, the Chief Editor informs the author or authors that they should pay attention to the peer reviewer comments and suggestions and revise the essay accordingly for publication. The author or authors have approximately one month to submit their final revision of the essay for publication. Once a final revision of the essay is submitted the essay is copyedited by editorial assistants. After the essay is copyedited it is sent back to the author or authors for final edits prior to publication.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the misuse of the language, concepts, or opinion of another author without proper citation of his or her work. Authors in the Journal are expected to complete their work without utilizing plagiarism and should have clearly stated citations and references in the APA format. If deemed necessary the Chief Editor will use plagiarism software (e.g. TurnItIn) will be to check for instances of plagiarism. If plagiarism is suspected, refer to “Research Misconduct.”

Author's responsibilities

It is the author’s responsibility to ensure the validity and reliability of the data or content of any publications. All authors must take ownership of his or her work and each must make a best effort to confirm all data is valid and recent.

Editorial responsibilities

Editors are responsible for objective reasoning when selecting material for publication. Editors should uphold the anonymity of each author and should avoid conflicts of interest. See “Peer Review Process” for further information on editorial responsibilities.

Study Design and Ethics

The Journal of International and Global Studies requires a proper study design for the essays submitted to enhance quality research. The research should be based on a valid methodology and theoretical design. If the research involved quantitative statistical issues, including power calculations, they should be considered early in study design. Outcomes should be specified at the start of the study. Research should be conducted to high standards of quality control and data analysis. Data and records should be retained and produced for review upon request. Fabrication, falsification, concealment, deceptive reporting, or misrepresentation of data constitutes scientific misconduct (See Research Misconduct).

Most of the research in International Studies does not require a formally constituted review board, an Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Ethics committee. However, if a study does involve human subjects and experimental design, an IRB or Ethics Committee should be required.

Publishing schedule

The Journal of International and Global Studies is published online two times per year, once in April and once in November.

Revenue sources

Journal of International and Global Studies subscriptions are free to the global community.

Website

The Journal of International and Global Studies is housed under the Lindenwood website. The website is held to the same ethical standards and is devoted to professionalism in all aspects.

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