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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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Author Copyright Agreement


Corresponding Author’s Grant of Rights


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  • An irrevocable, non-exclusive right to create and store electronic archival copies of the Work. This includes the right to deposit the Work in open access digital repositories, including but not limited to preservation copies. The Publisher will provide long-term access to the Work in the Mason Archival Repository Service (MARS), using the same copyright license as it was published under in the Journal.

  • An irrevocable, non-exclusive right to license others to reproduce, republish, transmit, remix, rework, and distribute the Work, under the condition that the Authors are attributed.

  • The Journal will communicate this right to users by applying a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license to the work.


Copyright of the Work remains with the Author(s).


Corresponding Author’s Duties

  • Upon acceptance of the Work, the Author shall grant to the Publisher the right of first publication of the Work.

  • When distributing or re-publishing the Work, the Corresponding Author agrees to credit the Journal as the place of first publication. The Author is able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the nonexclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the Work (e.g., post it on the Author’s website or publish it in a book), as long as there is provided in the document an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

  • The Corresponding Author agrees to inform the Journal of any changes in contact information.

Corresponding Author’s Warranty

  • The Corresponding Author represents and warrants that the Work is the Author’s original work and that it does not violate or infringe the law or the rights of any third party. Specifically, the Corresponding Author warrants that the Work contains no matter that is defamatory or libelous, or that infringes any literary or proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, or any rights of privacy.

  • The Corresponding Author warrants that the Author(s) have not transferred, and will not transfer, exclusive rights in the Work to any third party.

  • The Corresponding Author warrants that the Work has not been previously published.

  • The Corresponding Author also warrants that he or she has the full power to make this agreement, and if the Work was prepared jointly, the Corresponding Author agrees to inform all additional Authors of the terms of this Agreement. The Corresponding Author agrees to hold the Journal harmless from any breach of the aforestated representations.

The Journal’s Duties


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