Journal Policies

Take Down Policy

We have made every effort to ensure that published content does not infringe any person’s rights, or applicable UK laws. Should you discover content in this journal that you believe to be illegal, or infringes any of your statutory rights, you may contact the editors, who will review your complaint:

On receipt of your complaint, the editors will: 

  1. Make an initial assessment of its validity 

  2. Acknowledge receipt of the complaint by email 

  3. For all but spurious complaints, cease access to the item that is subject to complaint 

  4. Refer the complaint to the University of Edinburgh’s Legal Advisor for comment and advice 

  5. Seek to verify your identity and authority as complainant. 

When we have verified the authenticity of your complaint and been advised that it is ostensibly legitimate, the article will be removed from public access, leaving behind the article abstract. If the Legal Advisor confirms that it does not breach any law then the item will be reinstated. 

Privacy and Consent Policy

The data collected from registered and non-registered users of this journal falls within the scope of the standard functioning of peer-reviewed journals. It includes information that makes communication possible for the editorial process; it is used to inform readers about the authorship and editing of content; it enables collecting aggregated data on readership behaviours, as well as tracking geopolitical and social elements of scholarly communication. 

Registered users 

Users who register with this journal, including authors and peer reviewers where applicable, consent to having the personal information being stored in the journal hosting platform (OJS) and processed by the platform and journal editorial teams. 


Authors who make a submission to this journal consent to the personal information they supply as part of the submission being stored in the journal hosting platform (OJS) and processed by the platform and journal editorial teams. Authors who make a submission have the responsibility to ensure that all contributors have read this Privacy and Consent policy and consent to having their personal information that is supplied as part of the submission process being stored in the journal hosting platform (OJS) and processed by the platform and journal editorial teams. Authors published in this journal are also responsible for the human subject data that figures in the research reported in the journal. 

Rights of the Individual 

Those involved in editing this journal seek to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provision for “data subject rights” that include (a) breach notification; (b) right of access; (c) the right to be forgotten; (d) data portability; and (e) privacy by design. The GDPR also allows for the recognition of “the public interest in the availability of the data,” which has a particular saliency for those involved in maintaining, with the greatest integrity possible, the public record of scholarly publishing. 

All users whose details are stored in the OJS installation can exercise their rights of the individual, as they are detailed in the GDPR. If you have a user account and wish to have it deleted, please email:

Copyright notice and permissions

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms: 

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal. More information on Creative Commons licences.

  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the work (e.g. post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal. 

  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g. in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access). 

  4. Authors are required to make sure submitted content does not infringe third-party copyright. Authors must obtain permission to reproduce any third-party material for online – and print, if applicable – publication in perpetuity. It is also the authors’ responsibility to include any acknowledgements requested by copyright holders, and to mark clearly third-party material used with permission, material that has separate licensing terms, and material used under exceptions or limitations to copyright. 

More information is available from the UK’s Intellectual Property Office and Creative Commons

It is not necessary to obtain permission to reuse articles published in this journal, provided that reuse is in line with the article’s Creative Commons licence and attribution to the author(s) and the published article is maintained. Please note that these terms do not extend to any material that has separate licensing terms specified or any material that is identified as being the copyright of a third party. Permission to reproduce third-party material must be obtained directly from the copyright holders concerned. 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content, under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. 

Authors are not charged any APCs (Article Processing Charges) or other publication fees for regular content. Contributions may be requested for the publication of special issues (see types of contribution).