Essays in Education

Publication Ethics Statement

Essays in Education (EIE) and its editorial board strive to adhere to and comply with the policies and principles of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


Authorship Guidance/Criteria Statement

Authorship is a significant professional responsibility including each of the following activities:

  • Significant contribution to the formation of the article, its data collection or concept formation, and its data analysis and conclusions;
  • Writing of the article or parts of it; and
  • Accountability for the contents of the article.

Listed authors should deserve credit and take responsibility for the submitted work. Others who helped with limited tasks such as data collection, data analysis, technical editing, etc. should be listed as such in an acknowledgement section.

Submissions must acknowledge all legitimate authors and meaningful contributors to the article. Gift, guest, and ghost authors are not permitted. EIE editors and peer-reviewers may search for authors’ related title, work, and sponsorship. Any concern for the origins of the article and its authorship list may be followed up on. If concern is raised, the lead author may be asked, by EIE editors, to address all concerns to the satisfaction of the EIE editors. Unresolved concerns may require that the submission be rejected.

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Complaints and Appeals

Concerns initiated or received by EIE editors regarding an article are to be addressed with the lead author. Before communicating with the lead author, the acquisition of additional information deemed necessary by the EIE editors shall be done in a formal, confidential, and unbiased fashion.

Complaints by an author(s) are to be made, in writing, to the EIE editor assigned to their article. This editor may discuss the complaint with the EIE editorial board or knowledgeable people for advice on resolving the complaint. Such discussions are to be done in a formal, confidential, and unbiased fashion. Complaints should be responded to, if not resolved, within a timely manner.

Appeals to decisions by the assigned editor shall be made in writing to the EIE editorial board. The editorial board, at their discretion, will finalize the journal’s position. Such discussions are done in a formal, confidential, and unbiased fashion. Appeals should be responded to, if not resolved, within a two-week period from the written date of the appeal.

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Conflicts of Interest and Competing Interests

Conflicts of interest are common, but for research and publications to be valued such conflicts need to be reduced, if not eliminated, and/or openly stated so editors and readers can make informed decisions. Author(s) are to make known any financial or commercial advantage they may be receiving for their work. The assigned editors and peer-reviewers must be open about their connections to the authors or arrangements that could potentially detract from an editorial decision. The assigned editor will formally address any conflicts of interest they encounter and will share these decisions with the EIE editorial board.

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Data Sharing and Reproducibility

Research assumes that the open sharing of one’s methodology and collected data will permit others to examine published results and confirm an author’s conclusions. Data that is referenced in a paper’s analysis and conclusion may not always be fully included within the paper or its attachments. In such cases the authors need to include a statement stating where (e.g., URL) the data can be found or provide contact information for the author from whom permission can be granted to review the data.

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Ethical Oversight

EIE editorial board members or peer-reviewers may raise concerns about the conduct of a study: data collection practices, use of subjects, permissions – consent forms, etc. All such matters must be forwarded to the assigned editor. The assigned editor may contact the authors for additional information. It is the assigned editor’s decision to determine if additional information satisfactorily addresses the concern or if further action is needed. The assigned editor’s decision will be communicated to those who raised the question with a formal statement of justification.

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Intellectual Property

Submissions to EIE assume authors have cited all references to other published work clearly and accurately, this includes actual text and the unique ideas, concepts, and expressions of others. EIE is an Open Access-Gold, on-line journal. All submissions are peer-reviewed and if accepted, published free of cost. Access to all published articles is free. Copyright is maintained by the author(s) but readers may use the article; its methodology, conclusions, and/or unique concepts as long as proper attribution is given to the original author(s).

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Options for Post-publication Discussions and Corrections

EIE encourages authors to respond to published articles, in a meaningful and constructive manner. Responses to an article will be shared with the original author(s) and published if the response advances the professional dialogue. Authors who request changes in their original article, or request that it be retracted, may do so by contacting the EIE editorial board in writing.