Publication ethics and peer-review

Since its formation in 1978 James Nicholas Publishers has strived to publish the highest quality peer-reviewed articles in our journals. We are committed to the highest ethical standards in our publishing and review processes. All our journals follow the guidelines and core expectations laid out in the COPE Core Practices.

Peer review

James Nicholas Publishers supports and refers its editors, reviewers, and authors to the COPE Core Practices as necessary. All manuscripts undergo a double-blind peer-review process. Submitted anonymised manuscripts are reviewed by two independent experts in the relevant area. The reviewers make a scholarly assessment and a recommendation to the editors. Reviewers remain unknown to authors. The editor considers the manuscript and the reviewers’ comments before making a final decision either to accept, accept with revision or to reject a manuscript.


James Nicholas Publishers’ journals evaluate submissions on the understanding that they are the original work of the author(s). It is expected that references made in a manuscript or article to another person’s work or idea will be credited appropriately. Equally, it is expected authors to gain all appropriate permissions prior to publication.


James Nicholas Publishers expects all published articles to contain accurate attribution of authorship. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that all authors that contributed to the work are fairly acknowledged and that the published author list accurately reflects individual contributions.

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