Editorial Policies

Peer Review Process

LIBER Quarterly applies a double-blind peer review process, in which the author's name is removed from the manuscript. Each contribution is judged by two independent referees. The criteria of acceptance include the following aspects:
- Relevance of the paper for the scope of the journal and for its readership.
- Originality, offering of new insights.
- Soundness of arguments, based on research or on systematic approach.
- Appropriate references.
- Clear conclusions or results.
- Structure and language.

Normal timing for this process should be 4 to 6 weeks. In case of conflicting recommendations, a third referee may be asked to give an additional advice.
The decision of the editors may be to accept the paper as is or with minor revisions, to ask for a resubmission after additional work, or to reject for publication. In each case users receive detailed feedback about this decision.

Correction Policy 

Despite hard working Editors and Authors, published items may sometimes need amendments.

This LIBER Quarterly corrections policy is applicable to all our publishing activity. For a variety of reasons, some articles need to be corrected after publication. Such reasons can range from minor typos and small errors through to more serious issues concerning ethics and copyright. In accordance with guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics (where applicable), LIBER Quarterly handles different kinds of error in the following ways.

  1. Amendment: All articles will have had their proofs checked prior to publication by the author/editor, which should ensure that content errors are not present. Please contact the LIBER Quarterly Managing Editor if an article needs correcting. Amendment for minor content or metadata issues will be amended by our copy editors (both PDF and HTML) if the error is reported within three working days of publication.
  2. Publisher’s Note: A publisher’s note will be issued for minor matters that do not directly affect the conclusions of the article. The note will be posted to the article. It will appear after the article abstract/metadata to highlight error and display the correct text where necessary (the error will not be corrected in the article itself.)  The wording of the note will be drafted by the LIBER Quarterly Managing Editor and approved by both the editor(s) and author(s).
  3. Correction Article: Where an error would affect the conclusions of an article (but not the validity of the findings), or contains incorrect information about the article metadata (author list, title, editor, etc.), a correction article will be posted. Correction articles are used to formally correct the scientific record and to ensure errors in metadata are properly highlighted. Unlike a publisher’s note, correction articles will appear as an article in the journal’s table of contents and will be delivered to indexes in the usual fashion. The original article will contain a banner that links to the correction to alert readers. The wording of the note will be drafted by the LIBER Quarterly Managing Editor and approved by both the editor(s) and 2 author(s).
  4. Retraction: Retractions are used to remove a published paper from the scientific record. In accordance with the Committee on Publication Ethics’ guidance (adapted from https://publicationethics.org/news/copes-retraction-guidelines-2019), retractions are used when:
  • Managing Editor becomes aware of clear evidence that the article’s findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g. data fabrication) or honest error (e.g. miscalculation or experimental error).
  • Findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper cross-referencing, permission or justification (i.e. cases of redundant publication).
  • Article publication is found to constitute plagiarism.
  • Article is found to have reported unethical research.

Retractions will be drafted and posted in the same way as correction articles and with the editorial board’s approval. The original article will remain but readers will be alerted to the retraction via a banner at the top of the article.

  1. Withdrawal: In rare circumstances, articles will need to be withdrawn and removed from the journal site. This is usually for legal reasons, such as copyright infringement or ethical concerns. The abstract and metadata of the original article will remain, but a banner that links to the retraction note will appear in place of the rest of the contents.
  2. Decisions about errors and corrections: LIBER Quarterly reserves the right to decide what constitutes a minor issue and whether a note or correction article is necessary. Where necessary, the LIBER Quarterly Managing Editor will consult the LIBER Quarterly Editorial Board to decide whether an error should be corrected by a note or a correction article. The Managing Editor will always consult the Editorial Board (via the Chair) about retractions and withdrawals. Retractions may be requested by an article’s author(s), by an institution, by readers, or by the editor. Since responsibility for the journal’s content rests with the Managing Editor, they will have the final decision about retracting material. The Managing Editor may retract publications even if all or some of the authors do not agree.
  3. Costs of Corrections: Quality checking procedures are applied throughout the publication process in order to avoid errors occurring in the first place. However, where a correction requires a new article to be typeset and published, there may be additional typesetting costs accrued. If the error is deemed to be the fault of the author(s), they may be required to meet that cost. LIBER Quarterly will meet costs resulting from errors deemed to be LIBER Quarterly’s mistake.

Research Data and Software Policy

We encourage our authors to deposit research data, methodologies and any software associated with published articles in open archives whenever possible.

Open data means that peer reviewers can better assess the foundations of claims made, and that readers are able to similarly validate authors’ work after publication. Open data also allows others to more easily find and build upon research output.

LIBER Quarterly can (in agreement with authors) deposit large datasets related to published papers in the LIBER Quarterly dataverse. Smaller datasets can be uploaded on the journal website as supplementary files to a paper. Authors may have their own preferred open data repository which will be linked to in the published article. Depositing data in open repositories will greatly increase the re-usability and impact the authors’ work, leading to increased citations and opportunities for collaboration.