Publication Ethics and Other Policies
Editorial board strives for the high-quality scientific publications, public trust in scientific findings, and that people receive credit for their work and ideas. All manuscripts are subject to peer review and must meet standards of academic quality. If approved by the editor, submissions will be reviewed by reviewers, whose identities will remain anonymous to the authors. To be eligible for an authorship on a manuscript, individuals must meet the following criteria: (1) make a significant contribution to the conception or design of the work or to the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; (2) participate in the writing of the paper or its critical revision for important intellectual content; (3) participate in the final approval of the version to be published; (4) agree to be responsible for all aspects of the work in ensuring the proper investigation and resolution of questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work. It is important to avoid:
Plagiarism, fabrication and falsification
Authors must not use words, diagrams, or other ideas without citing the source. All sources used must be cited, and paraphrasing must be limited and referenced or cited in the text. Manuscripts that contain inappropriate borrowings from the work of other authors, whether published or unpublished, will be rejected and authors may be subject to sanctions. If such an article is published, it may be retracted.
The authors of submitted manuscripts or published articles that are found to have fabricated or falsified the results, including the manipulation of images, may incur sanctions, and published articles may be retracted.
Conflicts of interest
A conflict of interest arises when matters outside the scope of the research may reasonably be perceived as affecting the neutrality or objectivity of the work or its evaluation. This can happen at any stage of the research cycle, including the research phase, during the writing of a manuscript, or during the process of turning a manuscript into a published article.
If you are not sure, declare a potential interest or discuss with the editor. Undeclared interests may attract sanctions. Submissions with undeclared conflicts that are later discovered may be rejected.
A conflict of interest does not always prevent the work from being published or from involving someone in the review process. However, they must be declared. Clearly declaring all possible conflicts – whether they actually had an impact or not – allows others to make informed decisions about the work and its review process.
Post-publication corrections and retractions
Actual Problems of Mind publishes corrections, retractions, and expressions of concern as appropriate. A notice of correction will be issued by the journal to document and correct substantial errors that appear in online articles when these errors significantly affect the content or understanding of the work reported or when the error affects the publication's metadata (e.g., misspelling of an author's name). In these cases, Actual Problems of Mind will publish a correction that will be linked to the original article. Authors who wish to alert the Editorial Board to a situation where a correction may be warranted are requested to contact us with the relevant details.
If there are errors that significantly affect the conclusions or there is evidence of misconduct, this may require retraction or an expression of concern following the COPE Retraction Guidelines.