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Publication Responsibilities Statement
Following consultation with members of the Editorial Board, the Editor-in-Chief has the responsibility of deciding which submissions will be published.
The Editor-in-Chief will evaluate a manuscript based only on its quality, relevance, originality and clarity; no regard will be paid to an author’s race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship or political philosophy (where these matters are known).
Requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism will be considered where appropriate.
The Editor-in-Chief and members of the Editorial Board will not disclose information about a submission to anyone other than the corresponding author or other members of the Editorial Board, where appropriate.
Material submitted to the BLIS Journal will not be used by the Editor-in-Chief or members of the Editorial Board for their own research purposes without the author's written consent.
The peer-reviewing process helps the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board make editorial decisions and aims to improve the quality of a submission. A reviewer who does not feel qualified to review any submission, or who is aware that a prompt review will not be possible, is asked to step down from the review process. Reviews should be conducted objectively, and personal criticism of the author is considered inappropriate. Throughout the process, a submission is to be treated as a confidential document.
Reviewers should be clear in the feedback that they provide. Reviewing referencing is deemed to be an important element of the review process. Checking similarity between the submission and any other published work is also deemed to be an important element of the review process.
Authors should only submit totally original works, with the inclusion of references and citation where appropriate. In the case of a co-authored submission, the corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that all contributing co-authors are included in the author list and that they have approved the final version of the submission before it is published. A submission should be presented clearly and contain sufficient detail and relevant references with accurate statements that are ethical and acceptable.
In the case of an author discovering a significant error in his/her own work, it is the author’s responsibility to notify the Editor-in-Chief in order for the paper to be corrected.
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