Our editorial process commits to editorial independence. We seek to be fair, transparent, and encourage intellectual excellence against clearly articulated disciplinary standards:
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We are committed to upholding the highest standards of peer review. At the Common Ground Media Lab, we also commit to researching the future of peer review as a defining characteristic of scholarly communication. Our approach to peer review is founded on rigorous and double-anonymized peer review. Reviewers are assigned based on the subject matter and disciplinary expertise, and ranking is based on clearly articulated criteria. The result is a peer-review process that is scrupulously fair in its assessments and, at the same time, offers a carefully structured and constructive contribution to the shape of the published article.
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Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who participated in certain substantial aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.
We establish the following general rules for the corresponding author’s responsibilities:
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For research studies using human or animal subjects, the trial’s design, conduct, and reporting of results must conform to Good Clinical Practice guidelines (such as the Good Clinical Practice in Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-Regulated Clinical Trials (USA) or the Medical Research Council Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice in Clinical Trials (UK)) and/or to the World Medical Association (WMA) Declaration of Helsinki.
Any work describing a study that used human subjects must include a statement that affirms the experiments were performed with prior informed consent (written or verbal, as appropriate) from each participant.
Humans: When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008 (5). If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the author(s) must explain the rationale for their approach and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study.
Animals: When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed. Experimental research on vertebrates or any regulated invertebrates must comply with institutional, national, or international guidelines, and where available should have been approved by an appropriate ethics committee. A statement detailing compliance with guidelines and/or ethical approval must be included in the work. For studies involving client-owned animals, author(s) must document informed client consent and adherence to a high standard (best practice) of veterinary care.
Consent: For all research involving human subjects, informed consent to participate in the study should be obtained from participants (or their parent or guardian in the case of children under 18 and a statement to this effect should appear in the work.
Consent for publication of individual patient data: For all works that include details, images, or videos relating to individual participants, written informed consent for the publication of these must be obtained from the participants (or their parent or legal guardian in the case of children under 18) and a statement to this effect should appear in the work. A consent form must be made available to the Editor(s) on request and will be treated confidentially. In cases where images are entirely unidentifiable and there are no details on individuals reported within the manuscript, consent for publication of images may not be required. The final decision on whether consent to publish is required lies with the Editor(s)
Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients’ names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, or pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should identify individuals who provide writing assistance and disclose the funding source for this assistance. Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, an informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, author(s) should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and the author(s) are responsible to notify the editor(s) in such instances and editor(s) should so note accordingly. The requirement for informed consent should be included in the journal’s instructions for authors. When informed consent has been obtained it should be indicated in the published work.
Freedom of expression is critical to healthy democracies and the production of scholarly communication. Our journals contain the views, thoughts, assertions, and opinions of contributing authors. The inclusion of information in our journals should not be construed as an endorsement, either explicitly or implicitly, by Common Ground Research Networks. At the same time, we do not support publishing false statements that may harm the reputation of individuals, groups, or organizations.
We will consider retractions or corrections in line with COPE’s Retraction Guidelines. If an author is found to have made an error, the journal will issue a corrigendum. If the journal is found to have made an error, they will issue an erratum. In exceptional cases, we may remove an article from an online publication where we believe it is necessary to comply with our legal obligations.
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If fraudulent research, research misconduct, or plagiarism is found after an article is published, the publisher will contact the author for a response to the allegations. In cases of proven or there is a nonresponse/inadequate response, the offending article will be retracted and a statement from the publisher will be inserted in its place in the relevant journal issue.
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We strive to follow COPE’s Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing and encourage our publishing partners to uphold these same principles.
Common Ground Research Networks is not-for-profit corporation registered in the State of Illinois, USA, organized and operated pursuant to the General Not For Profit Corporation Act of 1986, 805 ILCS 105/101.01, et seq., (the "Act") or the corresponding section of any future Act.
Common Ground Research Networks is an independent organization that is funded by: research grants, conference registrations, memberships, article processing charges (APC), subscriptions, content, and software sales. Common Ground Research Networks is a member of the following industry associations: Association of American Publishers, Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, The Society for Scholarly Publishing, and Crossref.
All published content is overseen by the Chief Social Scientist, in collaboration with our Research Network Chairs, Advisory Board, and Editorial Board members, Author and Volunteer Peer Reviewers—based on their expertise. These roles are clearly marked on each Research Network website.
Common Ground Research Networks journals and individual articles are available to readers via Membership, standalone subscription or pay-per-view fees.
At Common Ground Research Networks, we are committed to low-cost access to all our published content. We also offer fee waivers of APC/memberships to Emerging Scholars and researchers from developing countries. We also review and consider requests for waivers from academics who have insufficient funds to pay an Article Processing Charge / Membership in our Hybrid Open Access journals.
We currently self-archive all content that is no longer published, keeping it assessable in our CGScholar repository. We are also working with CLOCKSS to establish longer term system for electronic backup and preservation of access in the event a journal is no longer published.
Our policy for copyright is clearly stated in our author guidelines, during the submission and contract stages. We offer a number of Creative Commons licenses for our hybrid open access journals. And we have clear and accessible guidance (link) on the form of policies on posting of final accepted versions or published articles on third-party repositories. All licensing terms, and names of the copyright holders, are indicated on all published articles, in both HTML and PDF formats.
Having a current Network Membership is a post-acceptance requirement for journal publication. If an article has been accepted in peer review, it will enter the membership confirmation stage. Each membership is represented by a unique Membership Card. One card is required for each article. When a membership has been confirmed, the status on the Membership Card will be marked accordingly and your article Work ID will be recorded on the card. Membership is more than an Article Processing Fee, as it provides a variety of Research Network Membership Benefits. The Membership model makes our independent organization possible while giving you access to a large body of knowledge and professional development opportunities.
We offer several Hybrid Open Access options for authors.
All metrics for individual access to content is available on the product page for all journal content in the CGScholar Bookstore. For institutional subscribers, we endeavor to ensure that our reporting of content usage remains compliant with the industry standard and the COUNTER Code of Practice.
We are also committed to promoting best practices in reporting scholarly research according to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).
We are committed to data privacy and the protection of the personal information of authors. We may disclose personal data to third-party service providers engaged to assist in the conduct of the publication process. Information provided when submitting an article may be shared with those parties, and the treatment of such information is further subject to the privacy policies of those parties. Except as described herein, Common Ground Research Networks will not disclose personal data to any other third party without consent except where required to do so by law.
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