Meliora: International Journal of Student Sustainability Research is a student-led research journal. All submissions are double blind peer-reviewed by a trained Student Editorial Board, overseen by the Student Editor-in-Chief. The peer review processes will follow the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines for best practice. Recommendations are then passed to the Academic Editor-in-Chief prior to publication or return to the author.
Authors will be invited to have their work published in the journal, to resubmit subject to major or minor recommended changes, or to submit their work for publication elsewhere.
In the event of dispute articles are passed to a member of the Academic Advisory Board who has oversight of the academic integrity of work published in the journal.
A combination of pre-screening and open access is the best possible defence against plagiarism. All articles submitted will be screened for plagiarism.
Despite peer review and following best practice, corrections may be required for a variety of reasons such as minor typos, small errors or more serious issues concerning publishing ethics or copyright matters.
Any amendments, publisher's notes, correction articles, retractions, or withdrawals will be handled with care and in line with the Committee on Publication Ethics Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines, as well as Retraction Guidelines. The journal editors undertake to publish all corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies as soon as possible, if and when they will be required.
All journal content will be released under open licenses from Creative Commons. The default license will be Creative Commons CC BY (available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) but authors may publish under an alternative CC license where “reasonable extenuating circumstances exist”. In all cases copyright is to be retained by the authors by default.
Authors may also wish to make the research objects associated with their publications openly available. This includes research data, software, and methodologies. These could be deposited in an open disciplinary or institutional repository that provides a persistent identifier.
All content will be indexed with CrossRef and assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). This means that all our references are made available so that citations can be tracked by the publishing community, and the content is added to the Cross-Check anti-plagiarism database.
All of our article metadata is openly available for harvesting by indexing services.
The Journal is hosted by Ubiquity Press, who uses open, non-proprietary standards for all of its content, meaning that it can be easily transferred to archives and other publishers.
The Journal will adhere to the principles of the NISO RP-24-2015, Transfer Code of Practice version 3.0 which ensures that when a journal transfers between publishers, that librarians, editors, and other publishers are informed and treated fairly.