Journal of Privacy and Confidentiality



  • The Quality Rating System
  • Who Can Submit?
  • General Submission Rules
  • Formatting Requirements
  • Rights for Authors and Research Showcase @ CMU
  • The Quality Rating System

    Different tiers within this journal correspond to different levels of general interest and the seminal nature of the publications. Articles in the Frontiers tier are those with the greatest general interest and, as the name suggests, those that are at the leading edge of the field. Articles in the Topics tier deal with issues of specific interest to a subset of scholars in the area of study and are less seminal in nature. The other tier(s) lie between (a full description of the quality rating system may be found here).

    When an author submits an article for possible publication, he or she is actually submitting it simultaneously to all tiers of Journal of Privacy and Confidentiality (although it will appear in at most one of them). A submitted article is then assigned a single editor, who oversees the editorial process, and who ultimately decides whether the submission should be rejected, sent back for revisions, or accepted. If the editor chooses to accept the submission, then he or she decides in which of the tiers it would be most appropriate. The editorial decision is based on reviews of the submission by peers.

    If the article is accepted into a tier of Journal of Privacy and Confidentiality, the author will be asked to send an electronic version of the article that conforms to bepress's formatting requirements. The author will also be required to agree to the publication agreement. If the author agrees, then the article will be published shortly after receipt of the final electronic version. Should the author not agree, then the article is considered withdrawn.

    If the author is invited to revise and resubmit, then whether and when this is done is up to the author. The author can, at this stage, withdraw the article if he or she wishes.

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    Who Can Submit?

    Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Journal of Privacy and Confidentiality provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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    General Submission Rules

    Every paper published in the JPC must be an original contribution unless prior arrangements have been made with the original copyright holder.

    Papers that have previously appeared in a refereed conference volume can meet this requirement by making a significant enhancement to the conference paper. Authors will be asked to indicate the enhancements and reviewers will be asked to assess and confirm the enhancements.

    Manuscript submissions should be a PDF file (Adobe’s Portable Document Format), single spaced.

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    Formatting Requirements

    Please see Submission Guidelines for details pertaining to the formatting of articles upon initial submission. While we will accept Word and RTF files, we strongly recommend that you prepare your document with LaTeX in order to aid in the copyediting and final formatting of your document upon acceptance for publication. (If your article is accepted, we will contact you to ask for a copy of the source file (.tex) that you used to create the article.

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    Rights for Authors and Research Showcase @ CMU

    As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Research Showcase @ CMU all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

    Attribution and Usage Policies

    Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of Research Showcase @ CMU, requires credit to Research Showcase @ CMU as copyright holder (e.g., Research Showcase @ CMU © 2017).

    Personal-use Exceptions

    The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Research Showcase @ CMU provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

    • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
    • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
    • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
    • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

    People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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    General Terms and Conditions of Use

    Users of the Research Showcase @ CMU website and/or software agree not to misuse the Research Showcase @ CMU service or software in any way.

    The failure of Research Showcase @ CMU to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Research Showcase @ CMU and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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