These guidelines are based on the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines for peer reviewed publications such as the AJTDE but are extended to cover the wider services of TelSoc and this site.
Ethical guidelines for journal publication
TelSoc, the publisher of the AJTDE, is committed to ensuring compliance with the highest standards of ethics in publication and quality of articles.
Conformance to standards of ethical behavior is therefore expected of all parties involved: Authors, Editors, Reviewers, and the Publisher.
Authors: Authors should present an objective discussion of the significance of research work as well as sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the experiments. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. Review articles should also be objective, comprehensive, and accurate accounts of the state of the art. The authors should ensure that their work is entirely original, and if the work and/or words of others have been used, this has been appropriately acknowledged. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Authors should not submit articles describing essentially the same research to more than one journal. The corresponding author should ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication.
Editors: Editors should evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit. An editor must not use unpublished information in the editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. Editors should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.
Reviewers: Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments, so that authors can use them for improving the paper. Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.
Content on the TelSoc website including journal articles, newsletters, presentations, histories, blogs, images and other media are intended for general publication to fulfil the aims of the Society relating to telecommunications and the digital economy.
These guidelines are to assist authors and commentators in ensuring that contributions are relevant, of good quality and meet appropriate community standards.
The content on the website does not necessarily represent the views of TelSoc, nor its Board, nor its members. Opportunities are provided in most cases for members or others to publish comments on the content. Content and comments are subject to deletion without notice if they do not comply with these guidelines.
Consequences of publication
A feature of publication on the web is that search engines, libraries and other bodies index our material, take copies, create archives and extend publication, potentially in perpetuity. In this respect they improve the accessibility of our material and make it available for future generations.
The Society encourages contributions and debate on issues of relevance to telecommunications and the digital economy. However, it is pointed out that offensiveness, bias, polemic, irrelevancy and lack of precision weaken arguments and degrade the discussion. The use of "loaded" words should be avoided. The Wikipedia content policies provide useful background reading for authors, particularly the Manual of style - Words to watch.
This is not to discourage creative writing but to ensure that your arguments are most convincing for an informed and professional audience.
Permission needs to be obtained from any and all rights holders to publish material which is subject to copyright or other publication rights.
Whether or not permission is required, all rights holders, contributors and sources of material and information should be acknowledged.
In the words of Voltaire, "To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth." Whilst we might quibble with the word "only" we should subject our work to this test before we release it for publication. The reputation of our Society depends significantly upon the integrity of our work and our respectfulness towards all members of our wider community.
This is a summary of the TelSoc copyright policy.
The Journal is subject to the Journal copyright notice which essentially recognises that copyright belongs to the authors.
Authors of other content on the site may claim copyright by including a copyright notice within their content.
Where copyright is not claimed, the default licence is Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Australia Licence.
Content which significantly breaches these guidelines maybe edited in consultation with the author or removed in its entirity if repeated breaches occur.
There is a level of automatic moderation by an external service which is essentially aimed at removing spam but it will also reject posts which are irrelevant or offensive.
This document is drawn to the attention of all contributors to TelSoc publications and it is assumed that by contributing they understand the nature and intent of our publications and give their permission for publication and inclusion on the website.