Publication Ethics Statement

Mythlore Statement on Publication Ethics and Malpractice

The authors, journal editors, peer reviewers, and publisher of Mythlore will be guided in their mutual work by the standards developed by "The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), which provides resources on the topic of professional publishing standards at publicationethics.org.

1. Authorship and Contributorship:

When submitting a work (article, note, letter, review, or other work) to Mythlore, the author or authors warrant that this is their original work, and that any substantial contributors to the paper are listed as co-authors. For multiply-authored papers, co-authors are expected to work out order of authorship amongst themselves. All authors and their email addresses should be provided to the editors, although one author may be designated as the primary contact during the editing process. Others who have contributed in a less substantial role, such as advisors, readers, referees, or commenters, may be acknowledged if desired in footnotes or acknowledgment statements.

2. Complaints and Appeals:

Complaints and appeals may be addressed to the editor in chief. If warranted, these complaints will be discussed with the journal’s editorial board and/or with the Society’s Council of Stewards. Guidance may be sought from the flowcharts, guidelines, and cases archived at The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) site or through the discussion boards at the Council of Editors of Learned Journals as appropriate.

3. Conflicts of Interest:

Authors should declare any potential conflicts of interest or competing interests relevant to their submission. For members of the Mythlore board and editorial staff and the Mythopoeic Society Council of Stewards, we require two favorable double-anonymized peer reviews for publication of an article (notes, letters, and reviews are excepted).

4. Data Sharing and Reproducibility:

Mythlore is multidisciplinary but primarily publishes literary criticism, so we are very unlikely to ever need to share data to ensure the reproducibility of results. However, we consider accurate and fair quotation of sources to be the philosophical equivalent of this ethical requirement. To that end we expect authors to quote accurately without misrepresenting the original intent of their sources, and the editorial staff makes every effort to check every single word of quoted material for accuracy and context.

5. Ethical Oversight:

In the event that a submitted article involves research with human subjects (for example, surveys or interviews), these studies should have been approved through appropriate ethics or research approval boards at the author(s)’ institution, and such approval footnoted within the article.

6. Intellectual Property:

The copyright for each individual item belongs to the author or authors. The Mythlore publication agreement spells out what Mythlore may do with the item, which includes providing the text to databases for inclusion and indexing. If any third party requests reprint rights from the editor, they will be referred to the author or authors.

7. Post-publication Discussions and Corrections.

Informal discussions may take place on the Society’s various social media pages and are monitored for adherence to our code of conduct. More formally, discussion may take place in the journal itself in the form of Letters or Notes, which are overseen by the editor in chief.

In the exceedingly unlikely event that formal corrections need to be made, these will be acknowledged in the opening Editorial of the next published issue of the journal and a note will be attached to the article in our repository. These may consist of correction notices, addressing minor errors such as spelling or citation corrections; retraction notices for major issues that cannot be addressed by a correction; and removal notices, for substantial issues such as gross copyright infringement. In all cases the editors and board will be advised by COPE’s guidelines.