Research Integrity and Policies
The following policies guide JER’s editorial practice as it develops new forms of videographic scholarship for embodied research. When questions or ambiguities arise, JER refers to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines for best practice.
Aims and Scope
JER is an interdisciplinary journal that publishes in performing arts, education, sport studies, disability studies, cultural studies, anthropology, and other fields. We are particularly interested in articles that articulate marginalized knowledges and take a critical (e.g., queer, feminist, disabled, decolonial, antiracist, anticapitalist) perspective on established methodologies. JER is a platform where authors, editors, and peer reviewers can have structured and robust conversations about the future of videographic research and the relationships between audiovisuality, textuality, and embodiment.
Please note that JER, at least for now, publishes exclusively videographic works. We do not publish any textual articles or essays (including book reviews), nor do we have the capacity to host nonlinear formats such as websites or 360° video, except where all of these media can be integrated within a linear video file. The focus of the journal is on videographic form and the way in which other media, including writing, can be integrated within it. If you are wondering whether your project is appropriate for JER, please contact the editor to discuss.
This journal provides immediate access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Authors of published articles remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to a Creative Commons license agreement.
One of the benefits of open access publishing lies in others being able to re-use material. We believe that the greatest societal good is possible when people are free to re-distribute scholarship and to create derivative works. This is why we use the CC BY 4.0 license, under which others may re-use your work, on condition that they cite you.
If a more restrictive licence is required, please make this request upon submission in the ‘Comment to the Editor’ field or email your editor directly, stating the reasons why.
It is important that the correct list of authors is attributed to an article. Author lists with the incorrect information can have negative professional or financial implications, whilst also providing the reader with the wrong information on where responsibility and accountability for the published work rests.
All authors listed on a submission must have given prior approval to have their name attributed to the file(s) that are being submitted and agree to the publication. The corresponding author has responsibility to ensure that all authors qualify for, and have agreed to, authorship of the submission. They are also responsible for informing all co-authors of relevant editorial information during the review process.
Authors must have:
- made substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work
- contributed to the drafting the work, or revising it critically for important intellectual content
- provided final approval of the version to be published
- agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved
- agreed to be named on the author list, and approved of the full author list
Journal of Embodied Research strongly encourages the full co-authorship of performers and practitioners whose audiovisual bodies are essential to the content of the videographic research. This means that, rather than providing simple consent for the usage of recordings, they should have made all of the above contributions.
Those that meet some but do not meet all of the above criteria should be acknowledged in the publication but not listed as an author. Examples that do not qualify for authorship but should be acknowledged are sources of funding, supervision of research groups, administrative support, language editing and proof reading.
To ensure that JER publications are rigorous and transparent, all authors, reviewers, and editors are expected to declare any interests that might compromise or conflict with their research.This process is designed to enhance readers’ trust.
In recognition that embodied research methodologies necessarily involve the personal experiences and identities of practitioner-researchers, JER does not require formal ‘competing interests’ statements. Instead, we expect that video articles published in JER will adequately situate the relationship between the researchers, the research, and other communities and individuals involved. A central epistemic and methodological concern of embodied research is critical reflexivity regarding the relationship of the researcher to the research process, which usually does not follow a strict subject/object division as might be found in the sciences or social sciences.
JER does not ask contributor authors to assume a completely disinterested or objectifying relationship to the content or objects of their research. Rather, following developments in anthropology, cultural studies, critical ethnic, feminist, and queer studies, and more recently artistic / practice research, we ask authors to situate themselves and to account for their embodied relationship to the research practices they undertake. This accounting should address power differentials wherever researchers are working with performers, practitioners, or communites who are not full co-authors of the resulting publications and outputs.
Ensuring Rigorous Peer Review
Journal of Embodied Research ensures that all video articles are thoroughly peer reviewed, with input from anonymous reviewers who have relevant expertise and are not directly involved the research process or its outcomes.
For example: A full length research article might receive two anonymous peer reviews from practitioners and/or researchers in different fields, as well as additional feedback from one of the JER assistant editors and the main JER editor. A shorter video essay submitted to a special issue might receive feedback from two special issue editors and two members of the JER editorial team, before be incorporated into a composite video article.
The editorial team is currently exploring ways of making past and future peer review processes open and available online, as these conversations often prove highly valuable in thinking through relationships between textual, videographic, and embodied knowledges.
A combination of pre-screening and open access is the best possible defence against plagiarism, whether textual or audiovisual. While plagiarism may be less of an issue when research is grounded in first-person practice, all video articles submitted to Journal of Embodied Research can be checked for plagiarism, for example by using the CrossCheck anti-plagiarism database.
Indexing and Archiving
All Journal of Embodied Research content is indexed with CrossRef and assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). This means that all of our references are made available so that citations can be tracked by the publishing community. The content of transcriptions is aos added to the CrossCheck anti-plagiarism database.
JER's publisher, Open Library of Humanities, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability. OLH journals are indexed by the following services:
- Google Scholar
- EBSCO Knowledge Base
- JISC KB+
- SHERPA RoMEO
- Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
In addition, all journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.
If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or making an indexing request directly with the service.