Peer review policy
What is Open Access?
Open Access to scholarly literature means that the publication is freely available online, which allows anyone to read, download, copy, distribute, search, or print without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those from gaining access to the internet itself.
What does Green Open Access mean?
Green Open Access refers to the self-archiving of digital documents in an openly accessible institutional server. Self-archived texts mainly include preprints (not yet peer-reviewed) and postprints (peer-reviewed version of a manuscript which has been accepted for publication, but not proof-read yet by the publisher).
What does Gold Open Access mean?
Gold Open Access refers to the primary publication of scholarly and scientific articles in Open Access. These texts go through a quality assurance process – usually peer review or editorial review.
Starting a publishing project
I want to edit a book project, how do I start?
If you want to edit a collection of research papers, you must first determine the main theme of the collection, i.e. identify its particularity, which will make it unique within your own research domain. Then, you will need a call for paper (CFP) document to advertise your project. Once you have your idea, you can contact us at
, we will help you with the rest.
What is a call for paper?
A call for paper is a document to advertise your book project. In this document, the authors interested in contributing in your book will find a short introduction of your research domain as well as the topics you want to include and an estimated time line. Additionally, you can provide the name of your reading committee members.
Why do I need a reading committee?
It is essential that all manuscripts are peer-reviewed by at least two senior researchers, which ensures that the articles to be published represent the best scholarship currently available. As mentioned by Bucholtz (2010), “
scholars who opt out of peer review don’t get the chance to sharpen and refine their work in response to the critical evaluations of specialist readers, and thus they may not be spurred to produce the best research of which they are capable
, p. 89). In order to meet our
peer review policy
, you will need a reading committee which will be composed of senior researchers well established within the domain of your book project.
I have no idea of how to proceed, what should I do?
If you have no idea of how to proceed from beginning to publication date, contact us at
, we will help you plan and manage (for free) your project until completion. This will ensure a smooth experience.
How much does it cost to publish a book in open access?
It depends on the project itself. The costs are conditional on the word count per manuscript and on the amount of manuscripts you want to include in your project. Feel free to discuss your book project with us at
. You can also approach your institution or funding body and let us know their requirements with respect to open access and data archiving policies.
Submission of articles
How do I submit an article for publication?
Each editor has its own style requirements and specific instructions for submitting articles for publication. You can find these instructions on the call for papers and projects page.
How do I prepare my manuscript?
Your manuscript should include an abstract of approximately 200 words and 4 to 6 keywords. Your research must be original and not published elsewhere. The amount of words will depend on the editors'requirements. Also, note that Research-publishing.net followed the APA 6th edition style for references in text and in list.
What files can I use?
We request that authors do not send pdf files, but ensure all files are either in Rich Text Format (.rtf) or Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx).
What format should I supply my figures in?
Please ensure that your figures are saved at final publication size (Dimensions (cm): 15.2 wide × 22.9 tall) and are in our recommended file formats, i.e., jpg or png. Following these guidelines will result in high quality images being reproduced in both the print and the online versions of the book.
How much would it cost to have my figures printed in colour?
The online publication will automatically be in colour, free of charge. The paperback publication will only be in black and white, except for the cover.
Obtaining permissions from other publications
What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is the appropriation of others' work and the representation of it in a publication as one's own original work. Research-publishing.net considers plagiarism as academic dishonesty and fraud. By submitting at Research-publishing.net, you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works using CrossCheck.
What is CrossCheck?
CrossCheck powered by iThenticate is an initiative started by CrossRef to help its members actively engage in efforts to prevent scholarly and professional plagiarism. Although there are several plagiarism screening tools already available, they are not well-suited to filtering academic content simply because they haven't had access to the relevant full-text literature to screen against. CrossCheck changes this by creating and continuously growing a database of current and archival scholarly literature.
What if I want to re-use material from another source in my article?
Permission to reproduce tables or illustrations that have appeared in copyrighted material is required, and you will need to contact the copyright holder to obtain this. In most cases you should contact the publisher.
What if I want to re-use material from one of my other sources in my new article?
If you are the author of the work that contains material you wish to reproduce, you need to check whether you are the copyright holder of that work. If not, then you will need to seek permission from the publisher.
How do I find out who the copyright holder is?
In order to determine the copyright holder, you should contact the publisher in the first instance. While the publisher may not be the copyright holder, it may be able to provide contact details for the copyright holder.
Is there any specific wording I should use in my letter requesting permission?
In order to be able to publish yours and others' work, we need to be granted worldwide rights to reproduce in all media in all formats in perpetuity.
Do you have a template letter that I can use to apply for permission?
The following sample wording may be used in a letter to request permission:
Dear [copyright holder]
I am preparing an article entitled [title] to be published by Research-publishing.net in [publication date] and would like to request your permission to include the material detailed below in my work, and the nonexclusive right throughout the world to reproduce, distribute, transmit and display the material but only as included in the article, in whole or in part, alone or in compilations, in all formats and media now known or later developed, published or prepared by Research-publishing.net and its assignees.
Page number of text; figure/table number and page number
Full bibliographic reference of original source material
A credit line acknowledging the original source will be included (please specify):
If you are not the copyright holder for this material, could you please let me know whom I should contact.
Will my article be peer reviewed?
Definitely! This is an inescapable requirement for us to publish your manuscript. Peer reviewers, engaging in a critical discourse, ensure the quality in research publication. We accept both blind and open peer review models.
What does blind peer review mean?
In a blind peer review model, neither the author's nor the reviewer's identity is revealed to one another. Authors do not know who is reviewing their manuscripts and reviewers do not know who wrote the manuscript they are reviewing.
What does open peer review mean?
Open peer reviewing means that the author and the reviewer know each other. In an open author-directed peer review model, authors solicit their own reviewers who should hold a PhD, and ask them to complete a standard review and sign a statement granting permission to acknowledge their endorsement for publication. Authors then submit their manuscript to the editorial team along with their reviewers’ endorsements for publication.
How long does it take to know whether my manuscript is accepted?
It depends on the publishing project itself. Do feel free to contact the editors in charge, they will advise you on the procedures and the time frame.
Why do I have to fill in a statement of responsibility?
By filling our statement of responsibility in the manuscript, you certify that you have participated sufficiently in the conception and design of the work or the analysis and interpretation of the data, as well as the writing of the manuscript, to take public responsibility for it. The statement of responsibility also certifies that all authors are included in the author list and that no one has been omitted.
What is a statement of responsibility?
A statement of responsibility in a manuscript specifies the contribution each author made to the manuscript, e.g. literature research, study design, data collection, data analysis, data interpretation, writing, etc.
What proofs will I receive and how will I get these?
The first author will be sent an email with both a pdf uncorrected and corrected proof.
What are uncorrected proofs?
These are copy edited and formatted articles that are not yet finalised and that will be corrected by the authors. Therefore the text could change before final publication.
What are corrected proofs?
These are articles containing the authors' final corrections and may, or may not yet have page numbers assigned.
I have just received my uncorrected proof, what do I do?
It is your responsibility to check very carefully your page-proof, i.e., your near-final version of your article to appear. Errors not found may appear in the published book. Please do note that at this stage, we cannot accept major changes, just at word level or spelling.
What can I do if I spot some more errors after returning my corrections?
Email the editors of the book who will be able to advise if it is still possible to make the correction.
What is a copyright?
A copyright is the exclusive legal right, given to you the creator of an original work, to publish and to authorise others (such as publishers) to do the same
Do I need to sign a copyright form?
Yes, you have to sign a copyright form, which we call a Contributor Agreement. We cannot publish any article without receiving a signed copyright form from the author, it is a legal requirement. Your Contributor Agreement will be issued as soon as you accept the page-proof.
How do I send my signed copyright form?
Your signed copyright form or Contributor Agreement will be issued electronically via DocuSign.
Who is the copyright holder?
We have changed our policy. Since September 2014, authors retain their copyright and all rights in their contribution not specifically granted to us in the copyright form.
Will I receive any free offprints?
We do not provide any offprint, that is a printed copy of an article that appeared as part of a larger publication. Instead, we offer a pdf of the final version.
Will I be sent a pdf of the final version of my article?
No, but you will be able to download it from our website.
How can I access my article?
Research-publishing.net provides free access to its content to anyone with an internet connection. This free access greatly expands the potential readership for each article.
How should I cite my article?
You should cite the author, the article title, the editor(s), followed by the title book, the publisher, and the DOI. For example:
Kétyi, A. (2013). Using Smart Phones in Language Learning – A Pilot Study to Turn CALL into MALL. In L. Bradley, S. Thouësny (Eds.), 20 Years of EUROCALL: Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future (pp. 129-134). Dublin Ireland: Research-publishing.net. doi: 10.14705/rpnet.2013.000150
What is a DOI?
A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is a "unique alphanumeric string assigned to an electronic journal article or a book chapter. Each DOI is associated with a set of basic metadata and a URL pointer to the full text, so that it uniquely identifies the content item and provides a persistent link to its location on the internet".
Do I need permission to reuse one of my tables, figures, illustrations?
Permission is not required for the republication of tables, figures or illustrations, as long as they are reproduced accurately and the source material is fully cited. In any case, if you published with us after September 2014, you are the copyright holder and you do not need our permission to reuse your material.
Do I need permission to reuse tables, figures, illustrations if I am not the author?
Permission is not required for the republication of tables, figures or illustrations, as long as they are reproduced accurately and the source material is fully cited. In any doubt, do feel free to contact the copyright holder. Since September 2014, authors retain their copyright in each separate contribution (email addresses are listed on individual papers); prior to this date, Research-publishing.net is the copyright holder.
How visible are the articles published with Research-publishing.net?
All articles referenced with a DOI are listed on an individual page marked up with microdata to embed semantic information in HTML which facilitates indexing by Google, Bing and Yahoo. In addition to be indexed in Google scholar and in the CrossCheck database, they are available in Google Books full view. Other free indexing solutions are constantly considered to increase visibility and access.
What is legal deposit?
Legal Deposit is a legal requirement that obliges publishers to deposit at least one copy of every publication in designated libraries.
In which libraries are the publications deposited?
Legal deposit of publications produced by Irish publishers is covered in Section 198 of the Copyright and Related Rights Act, 2000, which states that "the publisher of any book published in the state, shall, within one month after publication, deliver, at his or her own expense, a copy of the book to each of the following [libraries]":
The National Library of Ireland
The Library of Trinity College
The Library of the University of Limerick
The Library of Dublin City University
The Library of NUI Cork
The Library of NUI Maynooth
The Library of University College Dublin
The Library of NUI Galway
The British Library.
The publications are also deposited in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris.
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