Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement
The Philosophy of Music Education Review (PMER) is dedicated to following best practices on ethical matters, errors, and retractions. The prevention of publication malpractice is one of the important responsibilities of the editorial board. Any kind of unethical behavior is not acceptable, and PMER does not tolerate plagiarism in any form. Authors submitting articles to PMER affirm that their manuscript contents are original.
The following duties outlined for editors, authors, and reviewers are based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Core Practices in accordance with its Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.
Duties of Editor
Publication Decisions: Based on review reports, the editors shall accept, reject, or request modifications to the manuscript.
Review of Manuscripts: The editors shall ensure that each manuscript is initially evaluated for originality and conformity with style guidelines. Following initial technical review, the manuscript will be sent out for peer review, which the editors will use to determine whether to accept, reject, or request revisions for the manuscript.
Fair Review: The editors shall ensure that each manuscript received by PMER is reviewed for its intellectual content without regard to sex, gender, race, religion, citizenship, etc., of the authors and that reviewers are selected who provide an impartial view of the philosophical perspectives articulated in the manuscript.
Confidentiality: The editors shall ensure that information regarding manuscripts submitted by the authors is kept confidential.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: The editors shall not use unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript for their own research without written consent of the author.
Timely consideration of manuscripts: The editors shall undertake to consider submissions and subsequent revisions in a timely way. The time from submission to publication will vary considerably depending on the number of revisions required for acceptance, the time authors take to undertake revisions, and the available space in the journal. The editors shall take a pedagogical approach to encouraging new authors and assisting authors in improving their manuscripts. Aside from occasional special issues, articles will generally be published in the order of their acceptance.
Allegations of misconduct: Upon receipt of allegations of pre-publication or post-publication misconduct, the editors shall immediately confer with each other and with a group selected from the Board of Editorial Consultants to determine an appropriate course of action. Where misconduct is determined to have occurred, corrective measures may include the rejection of a manuscript or a statement of retraction of an article, to be posted on the journal’s website and published in the journal immediately after the misconduct is determined to have taken place.
Complaints and Appeals: The editors shall take prompt action in response to allegations against the editorial staff and its reviewers by immediately conferring with each other and with a group drawn from the Board of Editorial Consultants to consider the evidence and determine an appropriate response. The editors shall resolve complaints and appeals professionally and in a timely manner.
Conflicts of Interest and Competing Interests: The editors shall avoid conflicts of interests and competing interests during the publication process by carefully assigning reviewers and providing opportunities for post-publication dialogue.
Intellectual Property: The ownership of intellectual property of articles published in the journal is clearly stated in the Instructions to Contributors on the journal website.
Post-publication discussions and corrections: An In Dialogue feature in the journal welcomes post-publication discussions and Errata are published in the journal where necessary. Authors shall review copies of their articles in advance of publication to minimize errors. They also must sign Permission to Publish forms before their articles are published.
Journal Management: PMER is professionally managed by two teams who work together. The editorial team is listed on the journal website and utilizes the OJS 3 platform to manage the submission, review, and copyediting process. The publication team comprised of staff of Indiana University Press manages the online and print publication and distribution process.
Duties of Authors
Reporting Standards: Manuscripts must follow the submission guidelines of the journal.
Originality: Authors shall affirm during the submission process and on the Consent to Publish form that they have written entirely original work.
Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publications: Authors shall not submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently. It is also expected that the author will not publish redundant manuscripts or manuscripts describing the same research in more than one journal.
Acknowledgement of Sources: Authors shall acknowledge all sources of data and publications that have been influential in their research.
Authorship of the Paper: Authorship is limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the study. All who have made significant contribution must be listed as co-authors. Senior authors shall also ensure that all the authors have seen and agreed to the submitted version of the manuscript and to inclusion of their names as co-authors.
Fundamental Errors in Published Works: If at any point of time, the author(s) discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in a submitted manuscript, the error or inaccuracy must be reported immediately to the editor.
Duties of Reviewers
Confidentiality: Information regarding manuscripts submitted by authors shall be kept confidential and treated as privileged information.
Acknowledgement of Sources: Manuscript reviewers shall ensure that authors have acknowledged all sources used in their research. Any kind of similarity or overlap between the manuscripts under consideration or with any other published paper of which a reviewer has personal knowledge shall be brought immediately to the editor's notice.
Standards of Objectivity: Review of submitted manuscripts shall be done carefully within the traditions of philosophical discourse and reviewers shall express their views clearly, humanely, and with supporting arguments.
Promptness: If a reviewer feels it is not possible for him/her to complete review of manuscript within the stipulated time, this information shall be communicated to the editor promptly so that the manuscript can be sent to another reviewer in a timely way.