Publication Ethics

Edinburgh University Press is committed to upholding standards of ethical behaviour at all stages of the publication process. As such, we undertake to abide by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Best Practice Guidelines.

The Press adopts a neutral position on issues treated within its publications.

Publication ethics for book and chapter authors

Authors should declare that all work in their submitted piece is original (i.e. that they own the copyright) and cite content from other sources appropriately to avoid plagiarism.

Authors must ensure their book or chapter does not:

  • Contain any libellous matter
  • Infringe any copyright or other intellectual property rights
  • Infringe any other rights of any third party

The listing of authors should accurately reflect who carried out the research and wrote the book or chapter. Where there are multiple authors, the order of authorship should be jointly determined by all of the co-authors.

Submitted manuscripts must not be under consideration or accepted for publication with another publisher. Where sections of the manuscript overlap with published or submitted content, this should be acknowledged and cited.

Authors should obtain permission to reproduce any content (text and images) from third-party sources.

Any funding sources (including funding for Open Access) should be clearly identified in the manuscript, typically in an acknowledgement.

Publication ethics for series editors and book editors

Editors are accountable for everything published in their series or volume. This includes having measures in place to assess the quality of the material they accept for publication.

Editors should:

  • Act in a fair and balanced way when carrying out their duties, without discrimination on grounds of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or political beliefs.
  • Handle submissions in a timely manner.
  • Treat all material as confidential, for distribution to others for purposes of peer-review only.
  • Provide guidance to authors on everything that is expected of them.
  • Make decisions on which books or chapters to publish based on quality and suitability for the series or book.

Peer review

Editors should:

  • Make a description of peer review processes available and be ready to justify any important deviation from the described processes.
  • Ensure that peer reviewers’ identities are protected unless they use an open review system that is declared to authors and reviewers.

In cases of suspected misconduct (including plagiarism) or disputed authorship, editors should be guided by COPE flowcharts.

Editorial board

Series editors should:

  • Provide new editorial board members with guidelines on everything that is expected of them.
  • Update existing members on new policies and developments.

Conflicts of interest

Editors should:

  • Have systems for managing their own conflicts of interest.
  • Have systems for managing editorial board members’ conflicts of interest.

Publication ethics for reviewers

Reviewers should:

  • Assist in improving the quality of a submitted proposal or typescript by reviewing the material with care, consideration and objectivity.
  • Review the material in a timely manner.
  • Inform the publisher of any published or submitted content that is similar to the material under review, or any suspected plagiarism.
  • Declare any potential conflicts of interest relating to a specific proposal or author.
  • Respect the confidentiality of any information or material supplied during the review process.