Statement of Publication Ethics

Publishing Ethics Statement for University of Illinois Press Journals

For all parties involved in the act of publishing (authors, journal editors, peer reviewers, and publishers) it is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior. The ethics statements for our journals are based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) provides resources for journal editors, peer reviewers, and authors on the topic of professional publishing standards at publicationethics.org.

UIP Guiding Principles

The University of Illinois Press (UIP) is committed to the highest standards of scholarly review and professional publishing judgment. By insisting on thorough peer review procedures in combination with careful editorial judgment, the Press performs an intellectual gatekeeping function, ensuring that only scholarship of the highest quality receives the imprint of the University of Illinois.

Duties of Editors

All journals published by UIP are under the editorial direction of their independent editor or editors. It is the editors who make the publication decisions and guide the editorial process, ensuring the integrity, accuracy, completeness, and originality of every published article; they alone are accountable for the content published in their journals. UIP supports its journal editors in their efforts to manage their journals ethically and transparently, while adhering to the established editorial principles and practices in their field. Editors and editorial staff will not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Author Responsibilities

Authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Authors must guarantee that their submitted work contains no material that can be construed as libelous or as infringing in any way on the copyright of another party. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Reviewer Responsibilities

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is unacceptable. Referees should express their views clearly with appropriate supporting arguments. Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published data of which they have personal knowledge. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider evaluating 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 submission.

Errors, Corrections, and Misconduct

In instances where an editor finds that a significant error has been published for which a correction needs to be made and in all cases where there is reason for concern about such matters as plagiarism, fabrication of research, or duplicate publication, the editor will review and resolve the matter in consultation with UIP. In all instances, the Press is committed to preserving the integrity of the scholarly version of record. The editor will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question. This includes the prompt publication of an erratum or, in the most severe cases, the complete retraction of the affected work.