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Philosophy of Global Advances in Business Communication

For more information, please see Global Advances in Business Communication Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Global Advances in Business Communication 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).

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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 Global Advances in Business Communication, 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 Global Advances in Business Communication. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Global Advances in Business Communication, please contact the editors.

This journal does not have journal processing charges (APCs) or article submission charges.

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Publication Ethics Policy

The GABC Journal holds to ethical standards in publishing. To this end, the GABC Journal adheres to the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors of the Committee on Publication Ethics. The link to this document is at http://publicationethics.org/files/Code%20of%20Conduct.pdf

The basics of the COPE Guidelines are summarized here. Although the COPE guidelines themselves remain the standard, these basics are provided as a general summary

Duties of Editors and Reviewers

Fair play
The Editor-in-Chief and the reviewers evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Confidentiality
The Editor-in-Chief, the members of the Editorial Board, and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the authors of the manuscript, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript will not be used in the research of the Editor-in-Chief or the members of the Editorial Board without the express written consent of the author.

Duties of Reviewers

Contribution to Editorial Decisions: Peer review assists Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.

Promptness
A selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and decline to review the paper.

Confidentiality
The manuscripts received for review will be treated as confidential documents. They will not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of Objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is unacceptable. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of Sources
Reviewers should attempt to identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that a result or argument has been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

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Duties of Authors

Reporting standards
Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Data Access and Retention
Authors are encouraged to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for both editorial review and public access (consistent with the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases) if possible, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Originality and Plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or conference. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal or conference constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of Sources
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the Paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental Errors in Published Works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his or her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

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Malpractice Policy

This journal follows a double-blind peer review process. GABC reviewers are asked to follow the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers. The link to this document is at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

The GABC publishes only original material. Plagiarism and other violations of academic ethics are not always easy to identify. The GABC Journal, as a result, does not define the term plagiarism per se but rather relies on its Editorial Review Board initially to determine if a potential violation of what the Publication Ethics has occurred.

If an editor or peer reviewer determines that a potential violation of publication ethics has occurred, he or she must immediately make these suspicions know to the managing editor or the Editor-in-Chief. The Editor-in-Chief may choose to discuss the matter with other members of the GABC Journal editors. The Editor-in-Chief or Managing Editor will notify in writing the individual alleged of a breach in publication ethics, indicating the nature and content of the allegations against the author. The individual who is alleged to be in breach of publication ethics will have thirty (30) calendar days to submit a written rebuttal to the Editor-in-Chief. This rebuttal should be ten (10) pages or less in length in the same format required for GABC Journal articles.

After receiving the rebuttal, the Editor-in-Chief will confer with an Ethics Committee. This Ethics Committee will be composed of at least three members made up of the Editor-in-Chief, the Associate Editors and (if applicable) the Managing Editor and up to two members of the Editorial Review Board to conduct a complete and thorough assessment of the potential violation and the rebuttal. The person or persons making the initial accusation of alleged violation of publication will be recused from this committee.

In the event a submitted manuscript is found to be in violation of publication ethics, the Ethics Committee on Publications will decide on appropriate sanctions. Such sanctions may include, but are not limited to: rejection of the manuscript; banning the author(s) from submitting material to any future GABC Journal issue for a period of at least five years; and/or informing the offender's head of department, dean or other appropriate official. When the Ethics Committee has made its decision, the Editor-in-Chief (or if he or she is recused, the Head of the Ethics Committee) will notify in writing the offending author or authors. The author or authors, in turn, may appeal in writing the Ethics Committee ruling within thirty (30) calendar days of the date he or she has been notified. The Ethics Committee will decide its action exclusively on the written materials it receives and its decision will be final and binding.

If the work has already been published, the GABC Journal will still follow the same procedures just described. If the work in question has already been published, however, the Ethics Committee may choose to include (but will not be limited to) the following additional actions: a written apology from the author or authors; removal of the article from the electronic version of the journal or a correction in the journal in which the publication appeared.

The GABC Journal does not allow retaliatory behavior of any kind either by the Ethics Committee of the author or authors in question or of the GABC editors and Ethics Committee, including, but not limited to intimidation, reprisal, and harassment.

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Formatting Requirements

Global Advances in Business Communication 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 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.

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Rights for Authors and DigitalCommons@EMU

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to DigitalCommons@EMU 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 DigitalCommons@EMU, requires credit to DigitalCommons@EMU as copyright holder (e.g., DigitalCommons@EMU © 2017).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from DigitalCommons@EMU 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 DigitalCommons@EMU website and/or software agree not to misuse the DigitalCommons@EMU service or software in any way.

The failure of DigitalCommons@EMU 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 DigitalCommons@EMU and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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