Publishing Policies

Publishing Policies

LITPAM takes issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and us always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgment, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

The author should disclose any prior distribution and/or publication of any portion of the material to the Editor for the Editor’s consideration and ensure that appropriate attribution to the prior distribution and/or publication of the material is included.

On the following pages, you may find information about LITPAM Publishing Policies:

Contributor Agreement

LITPAM requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement for all articles we publish. LITPAM Publishing Agreement is a license agreement under which the author retains copyright in the work but grants LITPAM the sole and exclusive right and license to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where the assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than LITPAM. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society (Open Access).

Author e-Prints

Complimentary Author Copies

LITPAM  supports a range of author benefit policies, which vary by journal. The most common policy among LITPAM journals is to provide authors with a complimentary digital copy of their final article, called an e-print. E-prints are sent automatically to the corresponding authors following the article’s initial publication and issue publication (if applicable) and include a link for downloading the final article PDF. The corresponding author can share the link and/or PDF with co-authors, and can also share the PDF in certain other uses as explained in LITPAM Archiving and Re-Use policy. If a journal’s policy is an exception to the standard policy, the specific terms for that journal will be supplied in the author’s Contributor Agreement. 

Corrections Policies

Version of Record and LITPAM Corrections Policy

In an effort to better serve our researchers, librarians, and others in the academic community, LITPAM believes the clarity in the publishing record is a critical component of information distribution. Recognizing a published article as a finalized “Version of Record” establishes the expectation that it can be relied upon as accurate, complete, and citable. LITPAM defines this Version of Record as the article paginated in a volume and issue or the initial article publication for open-access journals (Open Access journals do not publish any additional versions such as paginated issue/volume versions).

Corrections prior to the Version of Record

Because articles can be read and cited as soon as they are published, any changes thereafter could potentially impact those who read and cited the earlier version. LITPAM provides authors with an opportunity to review article proofs prior to publication with the express goal of ensuring the accuracy of the content. Publishing an erratum or corrigendum increases the likelihood readers will find out about the change and also explains the specifics of the change.

Version of Record

When an article is published in an issue (or an Open Access article is first published), it is considered the Version of Record. LITPAM is committed to preserving the integrity and transparency of the Version of Record. If a significant error is discovered, LITPAM may publish an erratum or corrigendum notice to alert all readers.

LITPAM  takes issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism and other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. In the rare cases where a breach of publication ethics or copyright infringement is discovered, LITPAM reserves the right to take appropriate action to correct the academic record, including but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum; publishing an expression of concern linked to the article; retracting the article and publishing an accompanying retraction notice; or removing an article for legal reasons and replacing the removed the article with a notice.

Corrections to Supplemental Material files and Research Data files on Figshare

Supplemental Material files published by LITPAM is considered to be permanent records. Supplemental Material files and Research Data files may be hosted on Fig share and are assigned DOIs. If there is a substantive change to a Supplemental Material file or Research Data file, LITPAM may publish a notice to alert all readers. If the change is considered not to be significant then a replacement file may be released, without the need for separate notification. Versioning details will be added to the first page of the file.