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Policies

Copyright and Licenses

It is the policy of Interface that all authors retain copyright of their work. For a more detailed description of the Interface policy on authors rights and copyright, please see the Copyright page.

Interface uses the Creative Commons license system for the protection of the rights of both content producers and users. The license ensures that your article is as widely available as possible and can be included in any relevant archive. More information can be found here. Upon submission of an article, authors are asked to choose from the following licensing options:

  • Attribution – Permits any user to download, create works based upon, and utilize it—even commercially—so long as they attribute it to the author. This is the most permissive license.
  • Attribution-ShareAlike – Permits any user to use, distribute, and create works based upon the work—including commercially—as long as those using it attribute it to the original author and publish their works with the Creative Commons ShareAlike license.
  • Attribution-NonCommercial – Same as attribution except the work can’t be used for commercial purposes.
  • Attribution-ShareAlike-NonCommercial – Same as attribution-ShareAlike, except the work cannot be used for commercial purposes.
  • Attribution-NoDerivatives – Users may download, reprint, and disseminate the work so long as it is reproduced in full, without changes, and proper credit is given. This allows for both commercial and non-commercial uses.
  • Attribution-NoDerivatives-NonCommercial – Same as attribution-noderivatives execept the work cannot be used for commercial purposes.
  • No Creative Commons/Ask Author – All uses beyond fair use (as defined in 17 USC Section 107) require users to consult the author for permission.

Creative Commons provides a useful, three question tool that shows the license best suited to your desires. We encourage you to use this to determine, which license will work best for your article.

It will be the responsibility of the authors to secure all necessary copyright permissions for 3rd-party materials in their manuscript. Authors will be required to provide written evidence of this permission upon acceptance of their manuscript.

Copyediting

Interface provides copyediting of manuscripts. Authors are still expected to submit manuscripts free of most major typographical and grammatical errors. Before publication, authors will be sent revised copies of their articles, with the changes highlighted via Microsoft Word’s track changes feature.

Note: Copyediting will occur after acceptance of a submission for publication and the editors reserve the right to refuse a submission that contains particularly extensive or glaring errors. In these situations, the editors strongly encourage employing a professional editor or colleague to review the manuscript, before resubmitting.

Correction, Retraction, and Removal of Articles

Correction. Despite the best of efforts, errors occur and their timely and effective remedy is considered the mark of responsible authors and editors. Interface will publish a correction if the scholarly record is seriously affected (e.g., if accuracy/intended meaning, scientific reproducibility, author reputation, or journal reputation is judged to be compromised). Corrections that do not affect the contribution in a material way or significantly alter the reader's understanding of the contribution, such as misspellings or grammatical errors, will not be published. When a correction is published, it will link to and from the work. The correction will be added to the original work so that readers will receive the original work and the correction. All corrections will be as concise as possible.

Retraction. Interface reserves the right to retract items, with a retraction defined as a public disavowal, not an erasure or removal. Retractions will occur if the editors and editorial board finds that the main conclusion of the work is undermined or if subsequent information about the work comes to light of which the authors or the editors were not aware at the time of publication. Infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submission, inaccurate claims of authorship, plagiarism, or fraudulent use of data will also result in retraction of the work.

Removal. Some circumstances may necessitate removal of a work from Interface. This will occur when the article is judged by the editors and editorial board to be defamatory, if it infringes on legal rights, or if there is a reasonable expectation that it will be subject to a court order. The bibliographic information about the work will be retained online, but the work will no longer be available through Interface. A note will be added to indicate that the item was removed for legal reasons.

Corresponding Author Responsibilities

The corresponding author must submit the manuscript and related files (e.g. supporting data files, media, etc.). From the point of submission through to publication, all communication related to that manuscript will be directed to and received from the corresponding author. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that all authors are aware of and approve the submission of the manuscript, its content, authorship, and order of authorship. Confirmation of this action is required at submission of all manuscripts.

Masking Manuscripts Prior to Submission

The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring the submitted manuscript has been appropriately prepared for blind review. No individually identifiable information/references to the author(s) should be included in the manuscript (or title page). Acknowledgments should not be included in the manuscript; please include them with your cover letter.

Human Subjects Research

All research involving human participants must have been approved by the authors' institutional review board or equivalent committee(s) and that board must be named by the authors in the cover letter.

Originality

Only articles that have not been published previously, that have not been simultaneously submitted elsewhere, and that are not under review for another publication should be submitted to this journal. The journal editors will assume that submission of an article to this journal implies that all the foregoing conditions are applicable.

Grey literature (e.g. conference papers, presentations, white papers, blog posts, and other unpublished work) may be submitted for review and publication in Interface if all copyrights still reside with the submitting author(s). Preference will be given to works for which publication in Interface will expand access or add value to the work. As a professional courtesy, authors should indicate if they are submitting such work, and if and where the work currently appears or has appeared. This information should be shared in the author’s cover letter at the time of initial submission. (Note: We recommend that a citation to the final Interface-published paper be added to the site where the original grey literature was posted)

Peer Review Process

Interface uses a double-blind peer review process. The editor will perform an initial review of all submitted manuscripts and may reject papers that are clearly outside of the scope of the journal. Manuscripts within the scope will be sent to at least two reviewers. Reviewers will not receive or be able to view any documentation or metadata that includes individually identifiable author information. Authors will be provided with similarly blinded reviewer comments to aid in the revision of their manuscripts.

The review and revision process takes, on average, ten to twelve weeks, with an initial decision within 5 weeks. Authors may not submit the manuscript to other publications while a review is in progress.

Themed Issues

Interface generally has a theme for each issue. Information can be found on our call for papers page. Articles outside the scope of our current issue may be rejected immediately.

Submission Fees

Interface does not charge submission or any other form of author fees.

General Terms and Conditions of Use

By submitting an article to Interface, the author and co-authors agree to abide by the policies and guidelines presented.

Any failure of Interface 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 Interface and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.