Publication Ethics

Regarding the ethical aspects involved in the processes of text submission, editorial decision making, text editing, and text publication, the journal follows the guidelines and the code of conduct established by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Based on the COPE Core Principles, the editorial team of Entangled Religions appreciates the following points:

  • Allegations of misconduct and complaints against the journal, its staff, or publisher

We take allegations of misconduct pre- and post-publication seriously. Please do not hesitate to contact us (er-contact@rub.de); we will investigate the issue with the aim to solve it as soon as possible.

If the allegation is directed towards the journal management, please contact a member the journal’s editorial board (https://er.ceres.rub.de/index.php/ER/about/editorialTeam) as an independent third party instead.

  • Authorship and Contributorship

Authors of articles accepted for publication in Entangled Religions must be natural persons and must have contributed to the published work.

  • Conflicts of Interest

Authors are asked to report all potential conflicts of interest during the publishing process, for example through a shared academic affiliation with a member of the editorial staff of Entangled Religions.

Reviewers are asked to reject any peer review request if they apprehend a conflict of interest with the author.

  • Data and Reproducibility

For the sake of transparency and reproducibility, we encourage authors to make their research data (surveys, interview data, source code) openly available.

  • Ethical Oversight

Authors are expected to conduct their research in an ethical and responsible manner, and to handle personal data confidentially.

  • Intellectual Property

All articles, reviews, and miscellaneous contributions to Entangled Religions are published free of charge (gold open access) under the licence CC-BY 4.0 International (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

Papers already published or under consideration elsewhere will be precluded from consideration for Entangled Religions. Similarly, any cases of text recycling (“self-plagiarism”), duplicate publication, and plagiarism will be rejected (see https://publicationethics.org/text-recycling-guidelines) pre- and post-publication.

  • Journal Management

In line with the objective of the open access initiative, Entangled Religions is operated without any costs for authors and readers, through third party funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and resources offered by Ruhr University Bochum.

Our website is based on the journal management software Open Journal Systems, developed by the Public Knowledge Project and hosted by the University Library of Ruhr University Bochum.

  • Peer Review Process

All submitted articles, including contributions to special issues, are subject to double-blind peer review. If revisions by the author are required, the revised version of the article is cleared by at least one of the two referees and by the editorial team of the journal.

Reviewers are expected to report any case of conflict of interest, scientific misconduct, or anything similar to the managing editor of Entangled Religions (er-contact@rub.de).

Introductions (editorials) of special issues, miscellaneous contributions, and book reviews are assessed by the editorial team of Entangled Religions.

  • Post-Publication Discussions and Corrections

Please contact the managing editor (er-contact@rub.de) in cases where you find errors in a published article in Entangled Religions. We will check each case carefully in agreement with the respective author, referees, and/or the journal’s editorial board.

We also encourage post-publication discussions on all articles, for example as a submission to the miscellaneous section of our journal.