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Publication Ethics Statement
Ethical Guidelines for the Publication of the Journal of Insurance Issues

The publication of an article in the Journal of Insurance Issues (JII) is a process of permanent knowledge improvement. The Journal is owned by the Western Risk and Insurance Association and is co-sponsored with the support of the Southern Risk and Insurance Association.

The content of the Journal is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing, including: the author, the journal editor(s), the editorial board, the reviewers, and the sponsoring association. As the manager and publisher of the JII, the editor(s) serves as the representative of the JII with regard to the ethical behavior and standards. This statement of purpose and process summarizes the JII’s commitment to publication ethics and mitigation of publication malpractice. 

Duties of the Editor(s)  

As the managers of the JII, the duties of the editor(s) are broad and varied, including, but not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • manage editorial and peer-review processes to ensure timely publication
  • encourage and be aware of research into peer review, journal management and periodically reassess journal processes
  • endeavor to maintain a geographic and international diversity within the collection of associate board membership
  • support initiatives intended to reduce academic misconduct
  • support initiatives to educate researchers about publication ethics
  • assess the effects of JII policies on author and reviewer behavior and revise policies, as required, to encourage responsible behavior and discourage misconduct
  • ensure that any press releases issued by the journal reflect the message of the reported article and put it into context
  • adopt suitable policies for handling submissions from themselves, employees or members of the editorial board to ensure unbiased review
  • manage relationships with key JII stakeholders, including: its readership, associate editors, reviewers, authors, and sponsoring associations
  • adopt systems for detecting plagiarism (e.g., software, searching for similar titles) in submitted items
  • support authors whose copyright have been breached or who have been the victims of plagiarism
  • be prepared to defend authors’ rights and pursue offenders irrespective of whether the JII holds the copyright  
Editorial and Peer-Review Processes 

While associate editors and reviewers are most closely involved with the blind-peer review process, the Journal editor(s) have final oversight responsibilities for the process. As such, the editor(s) will:  

  • ensure that people involved with the editorial process (including themselves) receive adequate training and keep abreast of the latest guidelines, recommendations and evidence about peer review and journal management
  • keep informed about research into peer review and technological advances
  • adopt and adapt peer-review methods best suited for their journal and the research community it serves
  • review peer-review practices periodically to see if improvement is possible
  • publish clear instructions regarding submission and what they expect from authors
  • provide guidance about criteria for authorship and/or who should be listed as a contributor
  • review author instructions regularly and provide links to relevant guidelines
  • require all contributors to disclose relevant competing interests and publish corrections if competing interests are revealed after publication
  • ensure that appropriate reviewers are selected for submissions  
Relations with Readership  

As representatives of the JII, the editor(s) assume the responsibility for ensuring the veracity and quality of the content published by the Journal. In fulfilling those responsibilities, the editor(s) will: 

  • ensure that all published reports of research have been reviewed by suitably qualified reviewers
  • adopt processes that encourage accuracy, completeness and clarity of research reporting
  • adopt authorship or contributorship systems that promote good practice and discourage misconduct
  • inform readers as to what steps are taken to ensure that submissions from members of the journal’s staff or editorial board receive an objective and unbiased evaluation 
Relations with Associate Editors  

Associate editors are invited to serve on the JII editorial committee and have the primary responsibility of overseeing the peer review process for the journal. Their responsibilities Include: 

  • ensure the timeliness of the completion of the review process
  • identify suitably qualified associate editors (editorial board members) who can actively contribute to the development and good management of the journal
  • seek to acknowledge the contribution of associate editors to the JII
  • provide clear guidance to associate editors regarding their expected functions and duties, including:
    • act as ambassadors for the JII
    • support and promote the JII
    • seek out the best authors and best work and actively encourage submissions
    • identify appropriate peer reviewers for assigned manuscripts and manage the review process
  • consult associate editors regularly (at least once a year) to gauge their opinions about the running of the journal, inform them of any changes to journal policies, and identify future challenges  
Relations with Reviewers  

Qualified individuals are invited by associate editors to serve as reviewers of submitted work in a blind peer-review process. As representatives of the JII editor(s), associate editors assume many responsibilities in their interaction with reviewers, including: 

  • provide clear advice to reviewers
  • require reviewers to disclose any potential competing interests before agreeing to review a submission
  • encourage reviewers to comment on ethical questions and possible research misconduct raised by submissions
  • encourage reviewers to ensure the originality of submissions and be alert to redundant publication and plagiarism
  • seek to acknowledge the contribution of reviewers to the JII
  • monitor the performance of peer reviewers and take steps to ensure high quality and timely review
  • ensure that the reviewer database reflects the academic community for their journal
  • use a wide range of sources (not just personal contacts) to identify potential new reviewers (e.g., author suggestions, bibliographic databases)  
Relations with Sponsoring Associations  

The JII is owned by the Western Risk and Insurance Association and is co-sponsored with the support of the Southern Risk and Insurance Association. As such, the JII editor(s) have an obligation to: 

  • establish due process mechanisms to handle disagreements between editor(s) and the journal-sponsoring associations
  • communicate regularly (at least annually) with the sponsoring associations’ board of directors

Note: this content has been broadly adapted from the Committee on Publication Ethics’ (COPE) Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors




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