Philosophy of Journal of Interpretation

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Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Journal of Interpretation provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

Please see the guidelines and recommendations for publishing in the JOI article written by the editors, Dr. Sherry Shaw and Dr. Len Roberson for guidance as you prepare your manuscript.

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Journal of Interpretation, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Journal of Interpretation. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Journal of Interpretation, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

Journal of Interpretation recommends that you use the guidelines below when preparing your manuscript for submission. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

• All manuscripts should be original work. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain written permission for unpublished or published material quoted in excess of fair use, and for the reprinting of illustrations from unpublished or copyrighted material (for both print and electronic versions).

Style: American Psychological Association (APA 7th) format for style, notes and references is required for editorial consideration. Manuscripts should be print ready. Please see the APA Publication Manual for proper formatting of headings and titles. Indent paragraphs with the Tab key, not by setting a defined indention for the paragraph in the word processor.

Format: The manuscript should be in Word format using Times New Roman, 12-point font and double spaced with 1-inch margins. No color should be used in the manuscript. Please do not change fonts, spacing, or margins or use style formatting features at any point in the manuscript except for tables.

Art: All embedded art, pictures, graphs and charts should be included as separate files in EPS, PDF, TIFF, BMP or JPEG formats, and in grayscale or black and white mode. Bitmap art should be 600 DPI.

Photos: Photographs and grayscale items should be 300 DPI.

Length: Because this journal publishes electronically, page limits are not as relevant as they are in the world of print publications. We are happy, therefore, to let authors take advantage of this greater "bandwidth" to include material that they might otherwise have to cut to get into a print journal. This said, authors should exercise some discretion with respect to length.

Citations: Only citations referred to in the manuscript should be listed in the references. Thoroughly check all references before submitting to ensure that all sources cited in the text appear in the references and vice versa. Make sure that all references are accurate and complete, including the Digital Object Identifier (doi) when available.

Anonymity: Authors should NOT place their names on the manuscript and should obscure identifiable citations. Ensure that the manuscript is appropriately blinded and contains no clues to the author's identity or institutional affiliation outside of the title page. The identifying information of the author that is embedded in the Microsoft Office file should also be removed. Please double-check your manuscript for:

1. Self citations that are “in press”
2. Self referential citations that reveal author identity
3. Institution name
4. References to institution-specific documents

Title page: Do NOT include a title page with your submission. Begin the manuscript with the Abstract. Editors will add the title page as needed upon acceptance.

Running Head: The running head should contain no more than 50 characters (including spaces). Note that you enter this into the electronic system when you upload your manuscript, but should not have a running head in the MS WORD document itself.

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Rights for Authors and UNF Digital Commons

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to the Journal of Interpretation all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of the Journal of Interpretation, requires credit to the Journal of Interpretation as copyright holder.

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from UNF Digital Commons provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the UNF Digital Commons website and/or software agree not to misuse the UNF Digital Commons service or software in any way.

The failure of UNF Digital Commons to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between UNF Digital Commons and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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