Philosophy of Proceedings from the Document Academy

Proceedings from the Document Academyis an open-access publication. All of the journal's contents are available online free of charge immediately upon publication. Readers are free to make use of these contents with attribution according to the Creative Commons CC-BY license (see the section on Licensing below for more information.)

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Statement of Publication Ethics

The Document Academy and its journal, Proceedings from the Document Academy, follow the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Core Practices. As part of this, the journal upholds the following policies.

The editors of the journal are responsible for deciding which submissions to the journal get published. These decisions are made without regard to authors' ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, native language, or citizenship. The editors strive to make their decisions only on the grounds of academic merit, originality, clarity, and scope. The editors are also bound by United States law, particularly regarding libel and intellectual property.

Articles in Proceedings from the Document Academy are peer-reviewed. The process of peer review helps the authors improve their manuscripts while also helping the editors make publication decisions. Invited reviewers are expected to review promptly and disclose any potential conflicts of interest. Reviews should be conducted with impartiality and with supporting arguments; criticism of the author(s) is not acceptable. An important function of peer reviewers is to ensure that all cited materials are referenced appropriately, that information and arguments obtained from other sources is cited, and that the paper under consideration does not unduly overlap with any other published literature to the reviewer's knowledge.

The editors and reviewers will not disclose information about a manuscript or its reviews to anyone other than the corresponding author, other reviewers, and the managing publisher (University of Akron Press) as appropriate. Submissions and reviews will be handled as confidential.

The contents of submitted papers will not be used by the editors, reviewers or anyone else for their own research purposes prior to publication without the author's explicit written consent.

Authors should submit their own work which has not been published elsewhere. Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in any journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Proceedings from the Document Academy, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Proceedings from the Document Academy. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Proceedings from the Document Academy, please contact the editors.

Authors should appropriately cite or quote the works of others. Inspirations or other formative works should be cited as well. Authorship is limited to those who made significant contributions to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the study and/or manuscript; all those who made such contributions should be listed as co-authors. The author order is to be decided among the authors. Authors are responsible for representing their research accurately and in sufficient detail to permit others to replicate their work, if applicable. Authors may be asked to supply the data from their study together with the manuscript for review. Even if the data is not requested, authors should ensure that the data is available upon request by other professionals for a period of ten years after publication; authors are encouraged to submit their data to an appropriate repository. All authors should include a statement disclosing any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that may be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in their own published work, the author must promptly notify the editors and cooperate with them to retract or correct the paper.

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Who Can Submit?

There is no cost to authors to submit or publish with Proceedings from the Document Academy. There are no article processing fees or submission charges of any kind.

For special issues for which an open call is posted, anyone may submit an original manuscript. For proceedings issues, anyone who presented at the Annual Meeting of the Document Academy may submit a manuscript to be considered for publication in Proceedings from the Document Academy provided that author owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Only work of conference presenters is eligible for publication in conference issues. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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Formatting Requirements

Unless stated otherwise, manuscripts should be 2,500–5,000 words. When submitting, you will be asked for Title of Paper, Authors with Affiliations, Contact Information, a 150–200 word abstract, and up to 5 keywords describing the contribution. Do not include this information as the first page of your paper.

References should be consistent. Proceedings from the Document Academy prefers the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

There are additional rules governing the formatting of the final submission:

  • Do not include a title page or abstract in your submission. Begin the document with the introduction; a title page, including the abstract, will be added to your paper by the system.
  • Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers. The system will add the appropriate header with page numbers.
  • Acknowledgments should be entered into the appropriate field on the submission form, and not in your document.

The Proceedings from the Document Academy provides a venue for non-traditional research publication. As such, the formatting and style of submissions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. However, the general requirements for a textual submission are as follows:

  • US Letter size paper: 8.5 by 11 inches
  • Margins: All margins (top, bottom, right, left) should be 1.5 inches (3.8 cm)
  • Single space the paper
  • Single column layout with both left and right margins justified
  • Font size for the body of the text should be 12 point and footnotes should be 10 point (Times font, or the closest font available).

Submitting your paper as both native-editable and PDF files is helpful to the editorial team. [See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for further details.

Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Licensing and Rights for Authors and IdeaExchange@UAkron

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In publishing with us, authors assign to IdeaExchange@UAkron non-exclusive rights to publish the article according to CC-BY. Copyright of the article remains with the author.

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People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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