Research Development Association(RDA) Policy

The journals published by Research Development Association aspire to select, through peer review, the highest quality papers. To achieve this, the entire peer review and publication process must be thorough, objective and fair. Almost every aspect of this process involves important ethical principles and decisions, which are seldom explicitly stated and even less often shared with the readership. Journals' reputations depend on the trust of readers, authors, researchers, reviewers, editors, research subjects and administrators of policies. This association is enhanced by describing as explicitly as possible the journal's policies to ensure the ethical treatment of all participants in the publication process.


Research Development Association Policy on Conference and Journal Publication!

  • Policy Statement

One important component of the Mission of the Association (RDA) is the advancement of knowledge in the service of society. This mission is not served by constraining the dissemination of research contributions. Research Development Association therefore encourages authors of papers to present their views and findings in RDA conferences and to submit them for publication in RDA journals bearing in mind that RDA journals expect a more substantial contribution.

Conferences and journals published by other organizations may have different policies which must be respected. Further, authors are not permitted to submit their RDA conference papers to multiple journals, since this explicitly violates the RDA Code of Research Conduct.

  • Implementation

RDA conferences and its affiliated conferences shall either 1) permit authors to retain copyright or 2) if the conference retains copyright, post a statement on their website explicitly granting authors permission to republish their papers in their entirety.

Editors-in-Chief of RDA journals shall communicate this policy to their editors and reviewers so there is no confusion over the publication of conference papers in journals.

Authors are always required to disclose prior conference publication at the time of submission to a journal. The paper submitted to a journal does not need to be different from the original conference paper (it could be identical), because the paper should be assessed on its scientific merit, not on some arbitrary expectation of “being different.” Authors are required to conform to the copyright policy of the journal, which normally involves both transferring copyright to the journal and reassigning rights to authors. The final journal article should acknowledge the provenance of the original conference paper, regardless of the extent of the eventual changes, for instance, in the form of a footnote on the title page.


References

Clarke, R. 2009. “Journal Self-Citation XIX: Self-Plagiarism and Self-Citation – A Practical Guide Based on Underlying Principles,” Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 25, 1, 19.

Johnston, R. B. and Riemer, K. 2014. “On Putting the Score Ahead of the Game,” Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 34, 47, 849-856.


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