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    All IJS Press content is indexed with CrossRef and assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). This means that all of our references are made available so that citations can be tracked by the publishing community, and the content is added to the Cross-Check anti-plagiarism database.

    All of our article metadata is openly available for harvesting by indexing services via OAI-PMH and the journals are registered with Open Archives.

    Anti-plagiarism Checking

    A combination of pre-screening and open access is the best possible defence against plagiarism. All journal articles and book manuscripts submitted to IJS Press are automatically screened for plagiarism by the Similarity Check system from Crossref. This system compares incoming submissions to a large database of academic content, and alerts editors to any possible issues.

    Publication Ethics

    At IJS Publishing group we follow guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) to ensure ethical editing and publishing.

    Legal Issues

    Copyright, libel, plagiarism, competing interests, offensive material etc. should be scrutinised for all published items, and concerns should be raised with the publisher as soon as a potential problem arises. For editorial support, the COPE resources page will often provide useful information on the expectations and responsibilities of individuals involved in the journal.

    The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for making sure that all authors, board members and reviewers are kept up-to-date with the necessary legal and ethical aspects of the publishing process, with the help of their designated Publisher representative. We recommend that the legal right to the journal name and main domain stay with the Editor-in-Chief or the organisation around the journal. 

Creative Commons Licenses

    All of our content is published under the terms of Creative Commons Licenses which ensures that copyright remains with authors and also requires full attribution to accompany all reuse and dissemination. Our recommended license is CC-BY as this is the best aligned to the principles of open access as defined by the Budapest Open Access Initiative, and recommended by the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)

    Research Data

    All IJS Press journals and books strongly encourage authors to make the research objects associated with their publications openly available. This includes research data, software, bioresources and methodologies. This means that peer reviewers are able to better assess the foundations of claims made, and the research community and wider public are able to similarly validate authors’ work, and are more easily able to extend and build upon it.

    All journals and books can be integrated with their own repository on the Dataverse Network as standard, and additional integration with subject-specific repositories such as Dryad is implemented on request.

    Authors also have the option of submitting data or software metapapers to any of our journals, or to a specifically themedmetajournal. This makes the associated resource more easily citable, and provides an additional incentive for the author to make it available.

    No Lock-in

    IJS Press uses open, non-proprietary standards for all of its content, meaning that it can be easily transferred to archives and other publishers. All of our article XML is compliant with the Journal Archiving Tag Suite (JATS) schema.We endorse and adhere to the NISO Transfer Code of Practice, which ensures that when a journal transfers between publishers, that librarians, editors, and other publishers are informed and treated fairly.Our contracts with societies are also very different to those of other publishers. We do not seek to possess journals or books content, but instead to support societies in operating them. All copyright to the published content is retained by the authors, IJS Press does not retain rights to the published content and the content can be transferred away from IJS Press if the society decided to change the publisher.