Publishing Policies

Publishing Policies
SCAD Independent takes issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and us always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgment, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
The author should disclose any prior distribution and/or publication of any portion of the material to the Editor for the Editor’s consideration and ensure that appropriate attribution to the prior distribution and/or publication of the material is included.
On the following pages, you may find information about SCAD Independent Publishing Policies:

Contributor Agreement
SCAD Independent requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement for all articles we publish. SCAD Independent Publishing Agreement is a license agreement under which the author retains copyright in the work but grants SCAD Independent the sole and exclusive right and license to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where the assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SCAD Independent. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society (Open Access).
Author e-Prints
Complimentary Author Copies
SCAD Independent supports a range of author benefit policies, which vary by journal. The most common policy among SCAD Independent journals is to provide authors with a complimentary digital copy of their final article, called an e-print. E-prints are sent automatically to the corresponding authors following the article's initial publication and issue publication (if applicable) and include a link for downloading the final article PDF. The corresponding author can share the link and/or PDF with co-authors, and can also share the PDF in certain other uses as explained in SCAD Independent Archiving and Re-Use policy. If a journal's policy is an exception to the standard policy, the specific terms for that journal will be supplied in the author's Contributor Agreement.  
Ordering Print Copies
If an author would like to purchase a print copy of the issue in which their article appears, they will receive a 30% discount off the standard single issue price. Single issue prices are listed in the "Subscribe" tab of each journal's website.
Corrections & Crossmark Policies
Version of Record and SCAD Independent Corrections Policy
In an effort to better serve our researchers, librarians, and others in the academic community, SCAD Independent believes the clarity in the publishing record is a critical component of information distribution. Recognizing a published article as a finalized “Version of Record” establishes the expectation that it can be relied upon as accurate, complete, and citable. SCAD Independent defines this Version of Record as the article paginated in a volume and issue or the initial article publication for open-access journals (Open Access journals do not publish any additional versions such as paginated issue/volume versions).
Corrections prior to the Version of Record
Because articles can be read and cited as soon as they are published (including OnlineFirst publication), any changes thereafter could potentially impact those who read and cited the earlier version. SCAD Independent provides authors with an opportunity to review article proofs prior to publication with the express goal of ensuring the accuracy of the content. Publishing an erratum or corrigendum increases the likelihood readers will find out about the change and also explains the specifics of the change.
When an article is published Online First but not yet published in an issue, limited corrections may be made at the discretion of the journal and SCAD Independent.
Version of Record
When an article is published in an issue (or an Open Access article is first published), it is considered the Version of Record. SCAD Independent is committed to preserving the integrity and transparency of the Version of Record. If a significant error is discovered, SCAD Independent may publish an erratum or corrigendum notice to alert all readers.
SCAD Independent takes issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism and other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. In the rare cases where a breach of publication ethics or copyright infringement is discovered, SCAD Independent reserves the right to take appropriate action to correct the academic record, including but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum; publishing an expression of concern linked to the article; retracting the article and publishing an accompanying retraction notice; or removing an article for legal reasons and replacing the removed the article with a notice.
Corrections to Supplemental Material files and Research Data files on Figshare
Supplemental Material files published by SCAD Independent is considered to be permanent records. Supplemental Material files and Research Data files may be hosted on Fig share and are assigned DOIs. If there is a substantive change to a Supplemental Material file or Research Data file, SCAD Independent may publish a notice to alert all readers. If the change is considered not to be significant then a replacement file may be released, without the need for separate notification. Versioning details will be added to the first page of the file.
SCAD Independent Crossmark Policy
Building upon our commitment of a reliable Version of Record and our Corrections policy, as outlined above, SCAD Independent also participates in the Crossmark program. This program allows readers to quickly and easily access the status of a piece of published content, including updates, corrections, and retractions, as well as provide valuable article metadata.
On SCAD Independent Books and Journals you will now see the Crossmark button, both on HTML and PDF versions of our articles. Clicking on the button makes a pop-up box appear that shows the reader the current status of the article (for example, up-to-date, updates available, or retracted), as well as also displaying any additional information or metadata SCAD Independent has supplied to Crossmark.

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