Law Text Culture Ethics and Malpractice Statement
Ethics and Malpractice Policy
Law Text Culture is a transcontinental, open access, peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal that publishes original and innovative research about law and jurisprudence across three interconnected axes: Politics, Aesthetics, and Ethics. Law Text Culture publishes an annual thematic special issue, curated by guest editors selected by the editorial board. Each issue explores its theme across a range of genres, with scholarly essays and articles sitting alongside visual and literary engagements. In this way, Law Text Culture excites unique intersectional and interdisciplinary encounters with law in all its forms.
This statement explains ethical behaviour of all parties involved in the act of publishing an article for its journal, i.e.: the author, the Managing Editor, the Guest Editors, the peer-reviewers and the Editorial Board. This statement is based on internationally accepted best practice guidelines developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) for dealing with ethical issues in journal publishing. The journal is committed to ensuring all content is assessed on merit, is high quality scholarship, and ethically published.
DUTIES OF EDITORS
Guest Editors and Publication of Articles
The Guest Editors of each issue of the Journal are responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal issue should be published. They will make these decisions based on academic merit and fit with the journal’s aim and scope. The Guest Editors may confer with the Managing Editor or members of the Editorial Board in making this decision.
They may be guided by the policies of journal’s editorial board and subjected to such legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.
Manuscripts shall be evaluated solely on their intellectual merit without regard to authors’ race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy.
The Guest Editor/s and Managing Editor, and any editorial staff, must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher.
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used by anyone who has a view of the manuscript (while handling it) in his or her own research without the express written consent of the author.
DUTIES OF REVIEWERS
Contribution of Peer Review
Peer review assists the Guest Editor and the editorial board in making editorial decisions while editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper. This journal uses a blind peer review process which assists in making editorial decisions.
The review process usually takes 4-6 weeks. Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments, and without any personal criticism of the author. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers. Peer reviewers’ identities are protected as are authors. Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the assigned manuscript or unable to provide a prompt review should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.
DUTIES OF AUTHORS
In submitting manuscript, an author warrants that the manuscript is entirely their own work, and that it has neither been published previously nor currently being considered for publication elsewhere. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour. Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Plagiarism is unethical and unacceptable in this journal.
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.
The corresponding author is the author responsible for communicating with the journal for publication. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
Acknowledgment of Funding Sources
Sources of funding for the research reported in the article should be duly acknowleged at the end of the article.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
Fundamental errors in published works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.
By submitting a manuscript to Law Text Culture, you are agreeing to comply with this policy.