Best Practice

Principles of Transparency and Best Practice

Posted in 1 September, 2021

Asian Communication Research (ACR) abides by the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing published 15 January 2018 (joint statement by COPE, DOAJ, WAME, and ASPA, http://doaj.org/bestpractice).

1. Website

  • The URL address of official journal web site is http://acr.comm.or.kr/
    'Aims & Scope' statement: ACR aims to present research on the processes, effects, and systems of communication with an Asian focus, without limits to topics, methodological approaches, and theoretical perspectives. ACR covers Asian media and relevant topics in

    Journalism,
    Mass communication,
    Cultural studies,
    Communication technologies,
    Political communication,
    Health communication,
    Organizational communication,
    Advertising,
    Public relations.

  • Readership: It is primarily for communication scholars and students who are interested in the field of Communication. Its readership can be expanded to other positions:

    โ€ข  Researchers can get the recent topics of communication research;
    โ€ข  Educators on communication can access and adopt a variety of data for education;
    โ€ข  Students can understand the recent trends of the communication research;
    โ€ข  Policy makers are able to reflect the results of the articles to the nation-wide communication policies.

  • Authorship criteria: Authorship credit should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, and/or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; 3) final approval of the version to be published; and 4) agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved. Every author should meet all of these four conditions. After the initial submission of a manuscript, any changes whatsoever in authorship (adding author(s), deleting author(s), or re-arranging the order of authors) must be explained by a letter to the editor from the authors concerned. This letter must be signed by all authors of the paper. Copyright assignment must also be completed by every author.
    Corresponding author and first author: ACR does not allow multiple corresponding authors for one article. Only one author should correspond with the editorial office and readers for one article.
    Correction of authorship after publication: ACR does not correct authorship after publication unless a mistake has been made by the editorial staff. Authorship may be changed before publication but after submission when an authorship correction is requested by all of the authors involved with the manuscript.
  • Duplicate submission and redundant publication: Submitted manuscripts must not have been previously published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. No part of the accepted manuscript should be duplicated in any other journals without the permission of the Editorial Board. If plagiarism or duplicate publication related to the papers of this journal is detected, the manuscripts may be rejected, the authors will be announced in the journal, and their institutions will be informed. There will also be penalties for the authors. A letter of permission is required for any and all material that has been published previously. It is the responsibility of the author to request permission from the publisher for any material that is being reproduced. This requirement applies to text, figures, and tables.
  • pISSN: 1738-2084 eISSN; 2765-3390

2. Name of Journal

The official journal title is Asian Communication Research. Abbreviated title is ACR.

3. Peer Review Process

ACR adopt double-blind peer review in which case, not only authors but also reviewers do not know each other. When a manuscript is received through the online review system, it is screened for its format and adherence to the aims and scope of the journal by the editors, and if it is judged as not appropriate for the journal, it is returned to the authors. If the manuscript meets these two criteria, it is dispatched to two reviewers in the field with relevant knowledge. The authorsโ€™ names and affiliations are removed during peer review. The acceptance criteria for all papers are based on the quality and originality of the research and its scholarly and practical significance. Acceptance of the manuscript is decided based on the critiques and recommended decision of the reviewers. An initial decision will normally be made within 4 weeks of receipt of a manuscript, and the reviewersโ€™ comments are sent to the corresponding author by e-mail. The corresponding author must indicate the alterations that have been made in response to the reviewersโ€™ comments item by item. A final decision on acceptance/rejection for publication is forwarded to the corresponding author from the editor. During the review process, submitters will not engage in the decision process.

4. Ownership and Management

  • Information about the ownership: This journal is owned by the publisher, the Korean Society for Journalism and Communication Studies https://www.comm.or.kr
  • Management team (2021~2023)
    • - Editor-in-Chief and General Manager: Sungeun Chung, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea, chseun@skku.edu
    • - Associate Editor and Website Manager: Borae Jin, Joongbu University, Korea, bjin23@gmail.com
    • - Associate Editor and Manuscript Manager: Kyun Soo Kim, Chonnam National University, Korea, kimk@jnu.ac.kr
    • - Associate Editor and Book Review Manager: Minsun Shim, Inha University, Korea, mshim@inha.ac.kr
    • - Associate Managing Editor and Administrative Manager: Daeun Jeong, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea, acr@comm.or.kr

5. Governing Body

The governing body is the journal's editorial board:
http://acr.comm.or.kr/_common/do.php?a=html&b=2

6. Journal Management Team and Contact Information

7. Copyright

  • All published papers become the permanent property of the Korean Society for Journalism and Communication Studies. Copyrights of all published materials are owned by the Korean Society for Journalism and Communication Studies. Permission must be obtained from the Korean Society for Journalism and Communication Studies for any commercial use of materials. Every author should sign the copyright transfer agreement forms.

8. Author Fees

There is no author's submission fee or other publication related fee since every cost for the publication process is supported by the publisher.

9. Process for the Identification of and Dealing with Allegations of Research Misconduct

When the journal faces suspected cases of research and publication misconduct such as redundant (duplicate) publication, plagiarism, fraudulent or fabricated data, changes in authorship, an undisclosed conflict of interest, ethical problems with a submitted manuscript, a reviewer who has appropriated an authorโ€™s idea or data, complaints against editors, and so on, the resolution process will follow the flowchart provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (http://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts). The discussion and decision on the suspected cases are carried out by the Editorial Board.

10. Publication Ethics

  • Authorship and Contributorship: Authorship credit should be based on a) substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; b) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; c) final approval of the version to be published, and d) agreeing to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that the questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved. Authorship should meet these four conditions. If the number of authors is equal to or greater than 2, there should be a list of each author's role in the submitted paper. Description of co-first authors or co-corresponding authors is also accepted if the corresponding author believes that such roles existed in contributing to the manuscript. Authors are obliged to participate in peer review process.

  • Complaints and Appeals: Authors, reviewers, and readers may register complaints and appeals in a variety of cases as follows: falsification, fabrication, plagiarism, duplicate publication, authorship dispute, conflict of interest, copyright, stolen data, defamation, and legal problem. If any individuals or institutions want to inform the cases, they can send a letter via the contact page on our website. For the complaints or appeals, concrete data with answers to all factual questions (who, when, where, what, how, why) should be provided. The editor-in-chief and editors are responsible for handling any complaints or appeals. The consequence of remedy depends on the type or degree of misconduct. The consequence of resolution will follow the guidelines of the COPE.

  • Conflicts of Interest: Conflict of interest exists when an author or the authorโ€™s institution, reviewer, or editor has financial or personal relationships that inappropriately influence or bias his or her actions. Any types of conflicts of interest (e.g., source of funding, paid consultant to sponsor, etc.) should be declared by the authors. If there are any conflicts of interest, authors should disclose them in the manuscript. The conflicts of interest may occur during the research process as well; however, it is important to provide disclosure. If there is a disclosure, editors, reviewers, and readers can approach the manuscript after understanding the situation and the background of the completed research.

  • Ethical Oversight: When the Journal faces suspected cases of research and publication misconduct such as a redundant (duplicate) publication, plagiarism, fabricated data, changes in authorship, undisclosed conflicts of interest, an ethical problem discovered with the submitted manuscript, a reviewer who has appropriated an authorโ€™s idea or data, complaints against editors, and other issues, the resolving process will follow the flowchart provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (http://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts). The Editorial Board will discuss the suspected cases and reach a decision. We will not hesitate to publish errata, corrigenda, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when needed.

  • Intellectual Property: All published papers become the permanent property of the Korean Society for Journalism and Communication Studies. Copyrights of all published materials are owned by the Korean Society for Journalism and Communication Studies.

  • Post-Publication Discussions and Corrections: The post-publication discussion is available through letter to editor. If any readers have a concern on any articles published, they can submit letter to editor on the articles. If there found any errors or mistakes in the article, it can be corrected through errata, corrigenda, or retraction.

11. Publishing schedule

It is to be published three times a year, in May, September, and December. Supplement issues may be published.

12. Access

Full text of journal articles published by ACR can be available through the homepage of the journal (http://acr.comm.or.kr/) for non-commercial use, disctrirbution, and reproduction conditional upson the original work is properly cited.

13. Archiving

According to the deposit policy (self-archiving policy) of Sherpa/Romeo(http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/), authors cannot archive pre-print (i.e. pre-refereeing), but they can archive post-print (i.e. final draft post-refereeing). Authors can archive publisher's version/PDF. It is accessible without barrier from Korea Citation Index (https://kci.go.kr) or National Library of Korea (http://nl.go.kr) in the event a journal is no longer published

14. Revenue Sources

Revenue sources of journal were from the support of publisher (the Korean Society for Journalism and Communication Studies).

15. Advertising

Asian Communication Research does not accept any commercial product advertisements until policy changes otherwise.

16. Direct Marketing

Journal propagation has been done through the journal web site. Invitations to submit a manuscript are usually focused on the presenters at conferences, seminars, or workshops if the topic is related to the journal's aims and scope.

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