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NOTES TO AUTHORS. Academic and non academic. Updated 23rd February, 2017.
Science, People & Politics issn 1751-598x (online) is a hybrid magazine/journal.
It is a scientifically literate humanities' title.
The publication offers space for:
1. Original academic and non-academic work. The former may, if need be, be peer-reviewed on an ad hoc basis, by methods determined in exchange with the authors/s.
The copyright of words for all academic authors is 100 percent with the author, though terms of publication, editorial process and usage are agreed between author and publisher. Only green open-access academic peer-reviewed publishing can be undertaken and managed, and a processing fee would be agreed. The title being a humanity's title, though scientifically highly literate, does not publish original, peer-reviewed scientific research.
Academic work not going through traditional peer review might be a review type article or other form of news about a developing field or issue. The copyright in that work also would remain 100 percent with the academic author.
For both academic and non-academic work in special circumstance where the magazine may have some extraordinary expertise of a subject nature to offer, a creative commons licence can be agreed.
For non-academic work copyright is 50:50, with all Royalties from ALCS accruing to the author. In the case of Royalties from sale of the article in the magazine itself those would, of course, be shared after costs of publishing the author's work, which include pro rata costs and the owning company's charges for use of its property. Royalties will not be calculated below a trivial minimum. Terms to be applied retrospectively to existing authors, unless they do not wish to update their current publishing agreement.
For academic work the editor will consult with the author as to which experts in his or her field should be approached by the editor with a request that they read and comment to editor and author concurrently on the content of academic research.
Publication is the choice of editor and publisher, but the executive director of the owning company can prevent publication. Though these three roles are all occupied by me at the moment, the aim is to develop so that that is not the case.
The target audience comprises scientists and politicians internationally.
The editor's decision to publish is final. At which point the publisher, and after that the executive director of the owning company can stop publication.
The magazine, Science, People & Politics, will publish an article only if the author of either the academic or non-academic work is prepared to accept the moral right to be known as the author of his or her work.
Once the author/s have decided they would like their work published in Science, People & Politics and the editor is interested, the editor reserves the right to seek editorial advice from the title's editorial advisors, or, if appropriate, other third parties.
The author will be notified of the editor's intent concerning approach to editorial advisors prior to the intent being carried out. And the author can then oppose that course of action if they wish.
At that stage (preceding paragraph) the author may raise concerns about potential conflicts of interest with advisors, and, if need be, could withdraw the submitted article, or work with the editor to find an alternate advisor. The actions will be known only to the author and editor, and might, but will not necessarily, take place wholly by phone, and with no record.
Once third party advise is agreed with the author, then the author will be included by the editor at all significant stages of editing, production and publishing, and be made aware of every interaction, be the interactions in writing or casual phone exchange. Changing a verb is considered for publishing in this title to be significant.
The publisher can, if law requires, overrule the editor, even when editor and author have agreed to publish.
The edited text, and editing includes the option where the editor sees no change which needs to be made to ensure the author's intent is clear and/or not compromised, or exaggerated for effect, will be published ONLY with the author's consent.
Captions, headlines, cross heads and promotional publicity material related to the author's work may be vetoed by the author, and modifications or alterations made. The title's assumption is that once the editor, with the author's consent, has involved third parties in seeing or commenting on the evolution of the author's work to publication standard and status, the author will do nothing to unnecessarily jeopardise or veto publication.
The author will receive no revenue from advertising carried by Science, People & Politics.
The evolving publishing model is that each issue is published first as pdf (eventually for sale), with html of the issue becoming free-to-read online some time afterwards. From Issue one, 2017 the magazine will be printed on demand, and be available from the publisher. Some of the pdf content may, for legal reasons, have already been published online first in a contemporaneous way, or because the story is particularly news worthy, but pdf pricing will reflect number on pages published which have not previously been published online on the website of either the publisher or magazine. Pricing will also reflect that only a percentage of the publication bought by a reader may be an advertising page. That is pricing from the reader's perspective will be as though the advertising page does not exist.
Feed back on these evolving terms is welcome. A Ph.D student submitting their research work, irrespective of whether for the green open-access publishing peer review, must have the consent of their supervisor and head of department. Processing fees would NOT be waived.
If the publication undertakes to publish a work with a creative commons licence no fee will be charged (this is an updated term).
Publisher and editor Science, People & Politics, 23.02, 2017.