Publication Ethics Statement

The Journal of 20th Century Media History operates under a strict code of ethics that is based on current standards developed by COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics). These standards apply to the editorial team, peer reviewers, and authors whose work is published in the journal.

Role of Authors

Scholars who submit a manuscript to the journal affirm that they are the original author(s) of the work and that it was created using ethical and methodologically appropriate techniques. Manuscripts submitted to the journal should not concurrently be under consideration with a different journal. A person should not be listed as an author if they did not contribute to the creation of the article manuscript. Authors should disclose any conflicts of interest, especially regarding funding that supported the manuscript’s preparation. Authors are responsible for obtaining necessary permission to use copyrighted material. Plagiarism and other breaches of scholarly ethics are unacceptable; full citation of sources is required. If authors subsequently determine that content published in the journal contains errors or is otherwise inaccurate, they should contact the editor immediately so a correction or retraction decision can be made.

Role of Editor and Editorial Board

The editor makes the final decision about the publication of an article with input from peer reviewers and editorial board members. Publishing decisions will be free from any bias related to gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other factor aside from the merits of the submitted manuscript and its value and relevance to the journal’s mission. The editor will maintain the confidentiality and integrity of the peer review process and ensure that all communication between authors, peer reviewers, and representatives of the journal is handled appropriately. The editor will respond to post-publication communication and consider, in consultation with the board, the need for corrections, comments, or retractions.

Editorial board members can serve as peer reviewers and assist the editor with decisions about publication and editing of articles. Board members should maintain confidentiality regarding internal discussions. Board members should also consider the overall operation of the journal to ensure that publishing decisions and other matters are conducted in accordance with the goals and objectives articulated in the journal’s mission statement, especially with regard to the journal’s practice of diversity and inclusivity among contributors and subject matter.

Role of Peer Reviewers

Peer reviewers will agree to review only manuscripts that align with their areas of expertise and provide a timely and substantive assessment of the work. Manuscripts should be reviewed for quality, originality, contribution to the field, and accordance with the journal’s mission. Review of manuscripts should be free from racial, gender, or any other form of bias. Reviewers who recommend publication or revise and resubmit should offer the author(s) written suggestions on how the manuscript can be improved.