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Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in the Human-Machine Communication provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. 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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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival 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 the Human-Machine Communication, 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 the Human-Machine Communication. If you have concerns about the submission terms for the Human-Machine Communication, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

Human-Machine Communication has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for 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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Rights for Authors and STARS

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to the Communication and Social Robotics Labs all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of the Communication and Social Robotics Labs, requires credit to Human-Machine Communication as copyright holder (e.g., Human-Machine Communication © 2020).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are permitted to the author(s) and others immediately upon publication and do not require further permission from the Human-Machine Communication, provided the author(s) or others do not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting a link to the article on on any website or social media site for promotion of the author(s) and publication;
  • Posting a link to the article on a research repository or social media sites (e.g., ResearchGate, Academia; Twitter);
  • Posting a link to the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series);
  • Posting a link to the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author(s) at the university or college employing the author(s).
  • After a six-month embargo or the publication of a new issue of the Human-Machine Communication (which ever happens first), the author(s) and others are permitted to share, post and redistribute articles and do not require further permission from the Human-Machine Communication, provided there are no alterations of the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification. Authors and others are not granted permission to modify materials or use them for commercial purposes.

    To be clear, six months after publication of the article or publication of a new issue of the Human-Machine Communication (which ever happens first), authors and others have full permission to post and distribute copies of the articles published in the Human-Machine Communication in their original format. During the embargo period authors and others are asked to only post or distribute links to the article (either to others or on research repositories and social media sites). The embargo period begins the day the article is published, not the date of notification of acceptance.

Authors seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the Editor-in-Chief: Autumn Edwards (autumn.edwards@wmich.edu).

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Print Subscriptions

Human-Machine Communicationis published once a year in print (Print ISSN: 2638-602X) and online in September (Online ISSN: 2638-6038). Print subscriptions are available. Institutional, organizational and individual subscribers are invited to subscribe using the following mailing address:

Dr. Autumn Edwards, Editor-in-Chief
Human-Machine Communication
Communication and Social Robotics Labs
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Ave.
300 Sprau Tower
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Print Subscriptions: Regular US rates: Individuals: 1 year, $40.
Libraries and organizations may subscribe for 1 year, $75.

If subscribing outside of the United States, please contact the Editor-in-Chief for current rate.
Checks should be made payable to the Communication and Social Robotics Labs.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the STARS website and/or software agree not to misuse the STARS service or software in any way.

The failure of STARS to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between STARS, HMC, and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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