Authors’ Rights and Responsibilities

Author’s Rights

All the articles in SSE journals remain copyrighted with the authors. (also see our Copyright information).

Under the terms of the license agreement, the authors retain the following rights:

  1. To post a copy of their submitted manuscript (pre-print) on their own Web site, an institutional repository, or their funding body’s designated archive (no embargo period).
  2. To post a copy of their accepted manuscript (post-print) on their own Web site, an institutional repository, or their funding body’s designated archive (no embargo period). Authors who archive or self-archive accepted articles are asked to provide a hyperlink from the manuscript to the Journal’s Web site.
  3. Authors, and any academic institution where they work at the time, may reproduce their manuscript for the purpose of course teaching.
  4. Authors may reuse all or part of their manuscript in other works created by them for non-commercial purposes, provided the original publication in an SSE journal is acknowledged through a note or citation.

These authors’ rights ensure that SSE journals are compliant with open access policies of research funding agencies, including the US National Institutes of Health, the Wellcome Trust, the UK Medical Research Council, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale in France, and others.

Author’s Responsibilities

  1. Authors have an obligation to present an accurate account of the research performed and are responsible for complete reporting of the observations made and data collected.
  2. Authors must relate their work to that of others, clearly attributing any and all statements, equations, figures, and tables derived from others’ work to their original source, and provide complete and accurate citations so that the readers can objectively evaluate the paper.
  3. Authors should describe the safeguards used to meet both formal and informal standards of ethical conduct of research (approval of a research protocol by an institutional committee, procurement of informed consent, adherence to codes of ethical conduct for the treatment of human or animal subjects, and maintenance of confidentiality of personal data on patients, etc.).
  4. Authors must ensure that papers accepted for publication are free of any kind of prejudice, especially gender and racial stereotyping.
  5. Authors should avoid dividing research results into many papers, or submitting trivial reports. This practice not only multiplies the effort of Editors and referees, but it also requires readers to search for several publications instead of one.
  6. The corresponding author must warrant that all co-authors have read and approved the manuscript as submitted. When dealing with manuscripts with more than one author, the Editor assumes that the corresponding author is authorized to respond on behalf of the group.
  7. Authors are responsible for obtaining any formal or informal approval or clearance of the paper from their institution or company before it is submitted to SSE journals.
  8. Authors must identify the sources of all information and material obtained privately by including citations to personal communication and unpublished data.
  9. When a paper contains material (tables, figures, charts, etc.) that is protected by copyright, it is the obligation of the author to secure written permission from the copyright holder (usually the publisher). Letters of permission must be sent to the Editorial Office before final acceptance of the paper.
  10. Authors are responsible for disclosing any information that may affect the acceptance or rejection of the paper. This includes indicating whether the work has been previously presented in any format (conference proceedings, abstract publication, etc.) and submitting a list of related manuscripts that the author has in press or under consideration by another journal. The paper will be considered for publication only with the understanding that it has not already been submitted to, accepted by, or published in another journal.