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Philosophy of Progress in Scale Modeling, an International Journal (PSMIJ)

Please see the Aims & Scope page for information.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in PSMIJ provided that he or she is the lead author, that he or she is the authorized agent of the author(s) and copyright holder (if different from the author(s)) to the work being submitted, or that he or she is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyright 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).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in a 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 PSMIJ, 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 PSMIJ. If you have questions or concerns about the submission terms for PSMIJ, please contact the editors.

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Peer Review Policies

The editor-in-chief will appoint the managing editor. The managing editor will assign one of the associate editors to evaluate whether submitted articles are suitable for publication in PSMIJ. If the articles are judged to be within the scope of the journal, the associate editor shall select two reviewers for each article in consultation with the managing editor or the editor-in-chief. When the reviews are submitted to the associate editor, an editorial team consisting of at least two associate editors and the managing editor will discuss the reviews in consultation with at least two editorial board members to make a recommendation, which will be submitted to the editor-in-chief for his/her final decision on publication.

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Rapid Publication Policies

PSMIJ offers rapid publications whose goal is to review and then notify the author of the status within three months from the submission date of an article. Upon acceptance, reviews and publication statements will be transmitted to the authors with instructions for completing the actions required for final publication.

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Formatting Requirements

PSMIJ has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although PSMIJ can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the author's responsibility to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file (or its compatible), or a Microsoft Word. A WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file would be also acceptable.

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.

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Copyright and License to Publish

PSMIJ is an open access journal whose content is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Details about PSMIJ's copyright policy and author rights are available from the author agreement.

In the event of posting or reusing an article published in PSMIJ, please acknowledge its first publication in PSMIJ by providing a complete citation of the article and its digital object identifier (DOI).

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Publishing Ethics

General Ethics
PSMIJ is committed to the highest standards of ethical and professional publishing. The editorial board follows the guidelines and practices recommended by the Committee on Publication Ethics and the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing to ensure the integrity of published articles.

Ethical Conduct for Authors
  • Authors shall confirm that the work described in their submission is the authors’ original work. Plagiarism in all forms including self-plagiarism and data fabrication or falsification is unethical. This confirmation shall be submitted to PSMIJ after notification of acceptance of a submission for publication.
  • Authors shall confirm after notification of acceptance of a submission for publication that the work described in their submission has not been previously published in any form and is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere.
  • All authors listed on a submission shall confirm and disclose any known conflict of interest associated with the publishing of their submission.
  • Authors should ensure to properly cite the work of others that they refer to or quote.
Ethical Conduct for Editors
  • Editors are responsible for preserving the integrity of the scholarly record. Therefore, they should strive to ensure the quality of all manuscripts that are accepted for publication.
  • Editors are responsible for making decisions on all manuscripts submitted to PSMIJ for publication. Editors' decisions to publish or reject a manuscript may be based only on the academic and scholarly merits of the manuscript. Editors' decisions may not be affected by the nationality, race, or religion of authors in manuscripts.
  • Editors shall declare any conflict of interest involved in the handling of a manuscript and require reviewers to disclose any potential competing or conflicting interests.
  • Editors must constantly monitor the review process and assess the performance of reviewers. Editors must ensure that manuscripts are reviewed by competent reviewers in a timely fashion.
  • Editors must protect the confidentiality of all material submitted to PSMIJ during the review process and must not use any part of submitted manuscripts in their own research. Editors are not allowed to utilize submitted manuscripts in promoting citations of certain published articles.
  • Editors must respond effectively and fairly to authors' suspected misconducts such as plagiarism or data fabrication. This response extends to both published and unpublished manuscripts. In cases involving misconduct, editors must be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, and retractions.
  • Editors have a duty to act in cases of suspected reviewer’s misconduct.
Ethical Conduct for Reviewers
  • Reviewers shall agree to review manuscripts that are related only to their expertise.
  • Reviewers shall decline to review manuscripts in which they have any conflict of interest such as competing or collaborative interests with authors of the manuscripts.
  • Reviewers shall decline to review manuscripts that they cannot assess in a timely manner.
  • Reviews shall be objective and constructive as they aim to provide feedback that helps authors to improve their manuscripts.
  • Reviewers shall clearly express their statements and points of view with supporting arguments and references. Defamatory or rebellious reviews and personal criticisms of authors are professionally improper and shall be considered reviewers’ misconduct.
  • Reviewers must comment on the originality of manuscripts and be alert to redundant publications and plagiarism.
  • Reviewers’ decisions shall not be affected by the nationality, race, or religion of the authors.
  • Reviewers shall respect the confidentiality of the materials they review. They shall not use such materials to promote their own research or discuss it with their colleagues and co-workers until after it is published in PSMIJ.
  • Reviewers shall not take advantage of submitted manuscripts by promoting citations of their own research work.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

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

The failure of PSMIJ 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 PSMIJ and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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