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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word file format
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

JP upholds high standards in the ethics of publication. Working with editors, authors and reviewers, JP takes all possible measures to prevent publication malpractice, and iscommitted to addressing possible instances of malpractice identified by JP or brought to its attention.  

Original Work

  • All work submitted for publication in JP must be original. Contributions must not be copied in whole or in part from other works.
  • Authors must explicitly identify and reference the author and source of any data or material taken verbatim or paraphrased from another work, whether that work is published, unpublished, or available in an open access form.
  • Authors must explicitly cite work and ideas of others, both within the text and in the list of references.
  • Submitted journal papers and book chapters must not have been accepted for publication and may not be under consideration with any other journal or edited collection.

Redundant Publication/Self-Plagiarism

  •  Verbatim or substantial copying of an author´s own work that is already published or under consideration for publication is not acceptable.
  • Any wording or data that has been included in another work by the author must be clearly identified by the author at the submission stage.
  • It is recognised that research data can be used in different settings, but it is essential that the theme, discussion and conclusions of a journal paper or book chapter are original.

Fabricated Data and Results

  • Inventing or falsifying data or results, or manipulating images in order to falsify results may be seriously disciplined and is strictly forbidden.

Conflicts of Interest

  • Authors are required to disclose any support for research, financial or non-financial, at the submission stage. 
  • Reviewers are required to inform the chief editor of the journal if they have recently completed or are currently engaged in competing for research to that which they have been asked to review. If a conflict of interest is identified, the work will be sent to an independent reviewer. 

Fair Treatment

  • All editorial decisions will be based on the quality of the content and without regard to ethnic origin, citizenship, disability status, marital status, religious belief, gender, age, sexual orientation, or the political philosophy of the authors. 

Author Contributions

  • All named authors must have made a substantive contribution to the research and the preparation of the written work. It is not appropriate to include the names of supervisors who have not contributed to the work.
  • Any author who has made a substantive contribution to the research and the preparation of the written work must be named (unless otherwise agreed by that author). 
  • The ordering of the names of the authors should be agreed prior to the submission of the work.

Defamation and Libel

  • Works must not contain defamatory statements about individuals or organisations. Critical studies must be impartial and accompanied by appropriate evidence, references, and explanation. The editors and the publishers reserve the right to withdraw papers that could be construed as libelous. Proof of consent will be required for studies of people or organizations.


  • The content of the paper must not be in breach of any confidentiality agreements binding on the author(s).

Resolution Process

  • When an author discovers a significant error in his/her own work (either when it is published or under review), he/she must promptly notify the journal editors and cooperate with the editor to correct the paper or prepare a retraction. If the paper is still unpublished, the paper may be removed from the publication process.
  • In serious cases of malpractice, the editors may need to post a retraction notice or statement of concern without the consent of the author.
  • In serious cases of malpractice and when the author does not communicate within a stated timeframe, the editors reserve the right to contact the author´s institution or company to help reach a resolution.



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