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Policies

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Copyright

Animal Sentience is an Open Access journal. The author retains the copyright with the understanding that the default copyright for all target articles and commentary articles is CC-BY (meaning that the text can be re-used and re-published as long as the author(s) and the original locus of publication are explicitly cited when re-publishing). Under special circumstances the author may instead request to adopt CC-BY-NC, which requires the citation system as for CC-BY but allows only non-commercial re-use and re-publication.

If you, at any time, believe that your work has been published on the Animal Sentience website in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have otherwise been compromised or violated, you should immediately notify

Data Sharing

Data Sharing, meaning the sharing of information and data from diverse points of view and sources, is an important feature of Animal Sentience. We are committed to an open landscape in scholarship and the sharing of data and research information exchange. Authors may provide a data availability statement, including a link to the repository(ies) used and when they do so, this statement can be published in their paper.

Shared data should be cited. All accepted manuscripts may elect to publish a data availability statement to confirm the presence or absence of shared data. If an author has shared data, the paper will include a data sharing statement that describes how the data can be accessed and at least one persistent identifier such as a DOI for the data, or an accession number so that the select repository may be accessed.

Discovery & Digital Archiving

Animal Sentience participates in industry-standard discovery and preservation tools. Articles from the journal are placed (distributed) in the world's major library catalogs and databases. Articles also receive Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) from the CrossRef organization to ensure they can be quickly located in web searches. Animal Sentience is archived via its platform, Digital Commons, in Clockss and Portico.

Licensing Agreement & Permissions

Creative Commons License

Animal Sentience is an Open Access journal. The author retains the copyright with the understanding that the default copyright for all target articles and commentary articles is CC-BY (meaning that the text can be re-used and re-published as long as the author(s) and the original locus of publication are explicitly cited when re-publishing). Under special circumstances the author may instead request to adopt CC-BY-NC, which requires the citation system as for CC-BY but allows only non-commercial re-use and re-publication.

Permissions

It is the responsibility of each author to obtain permission from copyright holders for reproducing illustrations, tables, figures, or lengthy quotations. This includes copyright of the author's own material. Papers without correct permissions will not be published. Each author is required to submit the documentation of permission before final peer review of a submission.

Peer Review Policies

All target articles are refereed by 4-6 peers selected by the Editor for their expertise in the subject matter. The criteria are not only scientific soundness but the paper should also be of sufficient importance to warrant consideration for acceptance as an Open Peer Commentary in Animal Sentience. Open Peer Commentary involves inviting/accepting qualified comments on a target article. The authors of the original target article are then expected to respond to the commentaries as appropriate.

Plagiarism

Animal Sentience takes issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice(s) in publication very seriously. All claims of plagiarism or misuse are investigated. It is the goal of the Journal to protect the rights of authors. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice and unethical conduct. All submissions are checked for plagiarism and insufficient acknowledgment.

Where an article 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, Animal Sentience reserves the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; addressing the matter with the overseer of the author's activities; and/or taking appropriate legal action.