This information has been provided to meet the general requirements of journal listing agencies such as SCOPUS.
These notes have been assembled from material found on the internet. Many journals and their publishing houses have statements of ethics that are broadly similar. These have been adjusted to suit the needs of a higher education journal like Australian Universities’ Review (AUR). AUR is self-published; that is, it has no affiliations with any publishing house.
In potential acts of misconduct, AUR will be dealt with according to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Guidelines on Good Publication Practice. This document, which is also mentioned elsewhere in this Publication Statement can be downloaded from https://publicationethics.org/files/u7141/1999pdf13.pdf
A list of Editorial Board members and their affiliations can be found at aur.nteu.org.au/about/#editorial-board.
The contact address is:
Australian Universities’ Review
C/- NTEU National Office
PO Box 1323
South Melbourne VIC 3205
The current editor is Dr Ian R Dobson, who can be contacted at [email protected]
Authors and Authors’ responsibilities
AUR does not charge authors a publication fee to publish their work.
In line with general ethical practice, all authors must have significantly contributed to the research, and should such a circumstance arise, all authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes. Awarding authorship should balance intellectual contributions to the conception, design, analysis and writing of the study against the collection of data and other routine work. If no task can reasonably be attributed to an individual, then that individual should not be credited with authorship. Authors are strongly advised to ensure the author group, the corresponding author (see below), and the order of authors are all correct at submission. Reasons for changes in authorship should be explained in detail. Changes to authorship cannot be made after acceptance of a manuscript.
One author should be assigned the role of corresponding author, act on behalf of all authors and ensure that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately addressed. The role of the corresponding author includes ensuring that all listed authors have approved the manuscript before submission, including the names, spelling, order of authors and their affilliations; managing all communication between AUR and co-authors, before and after publication; providing transparency on re-use of material and mention any unpublished material (for example manuscripts in press) included in the manuscript in a cover letter to the editor; and making sure disclosures, declarations and transparency on data statements from all authors are included in the manuscript as appropriate.
Each author’s primary affiliation should be the institution where most of their work was done. If an author has subsequently moved, the current address may additionally be stated. Addresses will not be updated or changed after publication of the article.
In the case of an authorship dispute during peer review or after acceptance and publication, AUR will not investigate or adjudicate. Authors will be asked to resolve the dispute themselves. If they are unable to do so, AUR reserves the right to withdraw a manuscript from the editorial process or in case of a published paper raise the issue with the authors’ institution(s) and abide by its guidelines.
Authors should treat all communication with AUR as confidential.
Published authors are obliged to participate in the future peer review process.
The peer-review process
All journal articles are subjected to peer-review by at least three reviewers who are experts in the field. As is the case for authors, reviewers’ judgements are expected to be objective and should have no conflicts of interest that could influence their review.
The peer review process is double-blind, so neither authors’ nor reviewers’ identities are revealed by AUR. All articles in the review process are treated as confidential.
Authors are welcome to suggest suitable reviewers and/or request the exclusion of certain individuals when they submit their manuscripts. When suggesting reviewers, authors should make sure they are totally independent and not connected to the work in any way. It is recommended that there be a mix of reviewers from a range of institutions and/or countries. When suggesting reviewers, the corresponding author must provide an institutional email address for each suggested reviewer. AUR may not use the suggestions, but suggestions are appreciated and may help facilitate the peer review process.
Papers are rendered ‘anonymous’ by the Editor.
The main sources of information for this section come from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Guidelines on Good Publication Practice. This document can be downloaded from https://publicationethics.org/files/u7141/1999pdf13.pdf
The editor and publisher take all reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers if research misconduct has occurred. Neither the editor nor the editorial board encourage such misconduct, or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place. If the editor is made aware of any allegation of research misconduct, those allegations will be dealt with appropriately.
The editor and editorial board and publisher are willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed. Statements have been necessary only twice in the past decade. AUR has not so far had to retract an article, but should the need arise, notice of the retraction will be published in a subsequent issue.
Authors must not misrepresent research results which could damage the trust in AUR, the professionalism of scholarly authorship, and ultimately all scholarly endeavour. Maintaining integrity of the research and its presentation will be aided by following the rules of good scholarly practice. Manuscripts should not be submitted to more than one journal for simultaneous consideration, and work should be original and should not have been published elsewhere in any form or language (partially or in full), unless the new work concerns an expansion of previous work.
A single study should not be split into multiple parts to increase the number of submissions to various journals or to one journal over time (i.e. ‘salami publishing’), and results should be presented clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation. Authors should adhere to discipline-specific rules for acquiring, selecting and processing data.
There must be no plagiarism: that is, presenting theories, text and data from other as if they were the author’s own (‘plagiarism’). Proper acknowledgement of other works must be given (this includes material that is closely copied (near verbatim), summarised and/or paraphrased), quotation marks (to indicate words taken from another source) are used for verbatim copying of material, and permissions secured for material that is copyrighted. Refer also to the material on ‘style’. AUR may use software to screen for potential plagiarism.
If appropriate, authors should ensure they have received permission for the use of software, questionnaires / surveys and scales in their studies.
Authors should avoid untrue statements about an individual person or a company or descriptions of their behaviour or actions that could be seen as personal attacks or allegations about that person.
If there is suspicion of misbehaviour or alleged fraud, AUR will carry out an investigation following COPE guidelines. If, after investigation, there are valid concerns, the author/s concerned will be contacted and given an opportunity to address the issue. Depending on the situation, this may result in the AUR’s implementation of other measures, including returning the manuscript to the author if it is still under consideration. If an article has already been published online, depending on the nature and severity of the infraction, an erratum /correction may be placed with the article; an expression of concern may be placed with the article; or in severe cases retraction of the article may occur. In cases of retraction, COPE’s retraction guidelines will be followed. These are available from https://publicationethics.org/files/retraction%20guidelines_0.pdf
The reason will be given in the published erratum/correction, expression of concern or retraction note. (Retraction means that the article is maintained on the platform, watermarked “retracted” and the explanation for the retraction is provided in a note linked to the watermarked article). The author’s institution may be informed in such cases.
Authors are obliged to correct mistakes once they discover a significant error or inaccuracy in their published article. Authors should contact AUR and explain the impact of the error on the article. A decision on how to correct the literature will depend on the nature of the error. This may be a correction or retraction. The retraction note should provide transparency which parts of the article are impacted by the error.
Authors should include information regarding sources of funding, financial or non-financial interests, study-specific approval by the appropriate ethics committee for research involving humans, including informed consent. It is unlikely that papers submitted for publication in AUR will involve research on animals
Authors must also disclose all relationships or interests that could influence or bias the work. Although an author may not feel there are conflicts, disclosure of relationships and interests affords a more transparent process, leading to an accurate and objective assessment of the work. Awareness of real or perceived conflicts of interests is a perspective to which the readers are entitled and is not meant to imply that a financial relationship with an organisation that sponsored the research or compensation for consultancy work is inappropriate.
Copyright and Access
Copyright for articles published in AUR remains with the author/s. The entire AUR archive is available for download by anyone from the AUR website: aur.nteu.org.au/archive
Articles from the current issue of AUR are also available to all, and can be downloaded from the AUR website: aur.nteu.org.au/current
The entire AUR archive (back to 1958) can be accessed and downloaded from the AUR archive at aur.nteu.org.au/archive.
AUR will continue to be available via the National Tertiary Education Union website even if AUR ceases to be published.
Ownership and management
AUR (formerly Vestes) is published by the National Tertiary Education Union to encourage debate and discussion about issues in higher education and its contribution to Australian public life.
AUR’s website can be accessed at aur.nteu.org.au. It provides descriptions of AUR’s history, its editorial board, information (of various types) for authors, and access to the AUR archive.
AUR is published twice per year, typically in February and September.
This journal is called the Australian Universities’ Review (ISSN 0818-8068)