Publication Ethics Statement

JACA Policy on Ethics and Publishing

General Submission Rules

All submissions to the Journal of the Association for Communication Administration (JACA) may be evaluated using plagiarism detection software to screen or review submissions. Although JACA is not part of the International Committee on Medical Journal Editors, JACA uses the ICMJE recommendations for the conduct, reporting, editing, and publication of scholarly work to submitted and published in the Journal of the Association for Communication Administration. JACA encourages authors to consult the ICMJE recommendations.

Author(s) state that by submitting the manuscript to JACA, the content submitted is original and all appropriate citations, clearances, IRB approval, and permissions are provided. Plagiarism in all its forms is unethical and is cause for removal of a manuscript from review or retraction of a published manuscript.

Please see the instructions for authors, for all other information concerning submission.

Additionally, please be aware of the following:

Data Sharing and Materials

JACA encourages the sharing of data and materials and supports practices of Open Science. JACA awards Open Science badges for such practices.

Manuscripts submitted to JACA should not be under review at other journal(s) neither should an already published manuscript be submitted to JACA.

Review and Conflicts

All papers will be subject to a fair, anonymous and unbiased peer review process by experts in the field who may or may not be part of the Editorial Board.

Author(s) should indicate all sources that have supported the research and declare any conflict(s) of interest and competing interest upon submission of a manuscript. As noted in the ICMJE recommendations upon submission of a manuscript of any type or format the author(s) are responsible for disclosing all relationships and activities that might bias or be seen to bias their work.

Authorship and Contribution

The author(s) should provide acknowledgement to all who have made contributions to the research, even if not listed as an author. JACA allows this to be presented in an acknowledgement section of the manuscript or on the manuscript landing page. Submissions should include as author(s) all who have made a significant contribution to the work reported which includes but is not limited to physical resources, conceptualization of research or design, or acquisition or curation of data, or the analysis and interpretation of data. JACA expects all submissions to ensure that all authors who contributed to the submission are acknowledged and that the author list and order accurately reflects the contributions of all authors. As noted in the ICMJE recommendations authorship is based on the following 4 criteria: (1) substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND (2) drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND (3) Final approval of the version to be published; AND (4) agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved. JACA supports the ICMJE definitions of authorship.

Appeals and Corrections

Editors reserve the right to reject submission if they do not meet the scope of JACA and all manuscripts which do not following the formatting and submission requirements will be returned to the author(s). Ethical oversight is the responsibility of the Editor-in-Chief and any questions or comments should be directed to these positions. The editors will follow the COPE flowcharts as noted in the ICMJE recommendations when expressions of concern arise.

Author(s) should promptly inform the journal editor of any uncovered error(s) in a published manuscript and cooperate with the editorial team in retraction or correction of the manuscript.

All appeals and complaints to the journal will be handed by the Editor-in-Chief.

Post-publication discussions and corrections. If a correction is needed, JACA will follow these minimum standards outlined by the ICMJE. JACA will publish a correction notice as soon as possible detailing changes from and citing the original publication. The revised article with details of the changes from the original version and the date(s) on which the changes were made will be posted. Any previous versions of the article will be archived at archive.org. The DOI will be redirected to the most recent version.

Peer Review

All submissions to the journal will undergo a rigorous double anonymous peer review process. By peer review, this means that the Editor will obtain advice on individual manuscripts from reviewers’ who are experts in the area of the subject matter of the manuscript and are not part of the journal’s editorial staff. The editor may choose to use members of the editorial board or seek an ad hoc review from another subject matter expert. All reviewers are asked to review the COPE guidelines on peer review . Double anonymous peer review means that both the identity of the author and reviewers are anonymous. The Volume editor will ensure all identifying information is removed from the manuscript before reviewers are contacted.

Manuscripts must adhere to the most recent APA format guidelines. Please see the instructions for authors to ensure you have included all required components of a manuscript before submitting. Manuscripts that are incomplete or do not follow the required guidelines will be returned to the author.

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 license, or by written agreement of JACA, requires credit to the copyright holder.

Author(s) and others are permitted to share, post and redistribute articles and do not require further permission from JACA, 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.

Rights for Authors and JACA

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the author(s) retain copyright to the material and have agreed to license it BY-NC-ND 4.0. Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. All articles in JACA are open access can be distributed under the creative commons license.