Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Cyberspace Journal is peer-reviewed scholarly journal. The main aim is to facilitate development of scientific knowledge and innovation in the field of Information Technology Education. Journal Cyberspace accepts paper submissions in the field of Information Technology Education, innovation in Information Technology and various sub fields of computer science. Submitted writing should normally range from 2,500 to 6,000 words, although up to 7,500 words will be accepted under exceptional circumstances. Submissions based on research are highly valued as researches in Information Technology Education. Focused topics of interest of Journal Cyberspace are:

1. Information Systems and Technologies
2. Multimedia
3. Software Engineering
4. Data Mining
5. Networking & Data communication
6. Mobile Computing and Applications
7. Information Technology Education
8. Other topics that related to Information Technology

 

Section Policies

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Cyberspace Journal uses double-blind review policy, in which the identity of both author(s)' and the reviewer(s)' is kept hidden until the submitted article is published.

Each submitted article is evaluated on the following basis:

1. The originality of its contribution to the field of scholarly publishing;
2. The soundness of its theory and methodology given the topic;
3. The coherence of its analysis;
4. Its ability to communicate to readers (grammar and style); and
5. The writing format matched with the journal's submission guide.

Normal turn-around time for screening and evaluation of manuscripts is 2 to 4 months from the date of submission.

 

Publication Frequency

Journal Cyberspace opens for manuscript submission throughout the year. Only 7 (seven) selected reviewed articles will be published in an issue, which makes 14 articles in a volume). The journal is published biannually; March and October.

 

Open Access Policy

Journal Cyberspace provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public as well as to support a greater global exchange of knowledge. We DO NOT charge both for article submission and processing (Please see Author for Editing Fee Policy).

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Screening for Plagiarism Policy

To ensure the originality of the articles, Cyberspace Journal uses various plagiarism checkers available. The most common tools used are Google search engine, plagiarismchecker, viper, duplichecker.com, and Copyleaks.com. Plagiarism check is conducted in the screening process of the submitted manuscripts. Only plagiarism-free manuscripts are sent to assigned editor(s) to be followed up with the review process. Submissions with minor plagiarism issues will be notified to revise and resubmit, while manuscript with serious plagiarism issues will be rejected and archived.

 

Author and Editing Fee Policy

Cyberspace Journal DOES NOT CHARGE fees for any submission, article processing (APCs), and publication of the selected reviewed manuscripts. Journal subscription is also open to any individual without any subscription charges. All published manuscripts will be available for viewing and download from the journal portal for free.

 

Copyrights, Permissions, Reprints & Licensing

Cyberspace Journal uses license CC-BY or an equivalent license as the optimal license for the publication, distribution, use, and reuse of scholarly works.



This license permits anyone to compose, repair, and make derivative creation even for commercial purposes, as long as appropriate credit and proper acknowledgement to the original publication from Cyberspace Journal made to allow users to trace back to the original manuscript and author.



Readers are also granted full access to read and download the published manuscripts, reprint and distribute the manuscript in any medium or format.

 

The Budapest Open Access Initiative

In response to the growing demand to make research free and available to anyone with a computer and an internet connection, a diverse coalition has issued new guidelines that could usher in huge advances in the sciences, education, medicine, and health.



The recommendations were developed by leaders of the Open Access movement, which has worked for the past decade to provide the public with unrestricted, free access to scholarly research—much of which is publicly funded. Making the research publicly available to everyone—free of charge and without most copyright and licensing restrictions—will accelerate scientific research efforts and allow authors to reach a larger number of readers.The recommendations are the result of a meeting organized by the Open Society Foundations to mark the tenth anniversary of Budapest Open Access Initiative, which first defined Open Access. The recommendations include the development of Open Access policies in institutions of higher education and in funding agencies, the open licensing of scholarly works, the development of infrastructure such as Open Access repositories and creating standards of professional conduct for Open Access publishing. The recommendations also establish a new goal of achieving Open Access as the default method for distributing new peer-reviewed research in every field and in every country within ten years’ time.Translations of the recommendations have already been made in several languages, with more to follow. For more on the recommendations, please see the press release as well as a blog post by Peter Suber which provides additional background on the Open Access movement.



​Read the Budapest Open Access Initiative



An old tradition and a new technology have converged to make possible an unprecedented public good. The old tradition is the willingness of scientists and scholars to publish the fruits of their research in scholarly journals without payment, for the sake of inquiry and knowledge. The new technology is the internet. The public good they make possible is the world-wide electronic distribution of the peer-reviewed journal literature and completely free and unrestricted access to it by all scientists, scholars, teachers, students, and other curious minds. Removing access barriers to this literature will accelerate research, enrich education, share the learning of the rich with the poor and the poor with the rich, make this literature as useful as it can be, and lay the foundation for uniting humanity in a common intellectual conversation and quest for knowledge.



For various reasons, this kind of free and unrestricted online availability, which we will call open access, has so far been limited to small portions of the journal literature. But even in these limited collections, many different initiatives have shown that open access is economically feasible, that it gives readers extraordinary power to find and make use of relevant literature, and that it gives authors and their works vast and measurable new visibility, readership, and impact. To secure these benefits for all, we call on all interested institutions and individuals to help open up access to the rest of this literature and remove the barriers, especially the price barriers, that stand in the way. The more who join the effort to advance this cause, the sooner we will all enjoy the benefits of open access.



The literature that should be freely accessible online is that which scholars give to the world without expectation of payment. Primarily, this category encompasses their peer-reviewed journal articles, but it also includes any unreviewed preprints that they might wish to put online for comment or to alert colleagues to important research findings. There are many degrees and kinds of wider and easier access to this literature. By "open access" to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.



While the peer-reviewed journal literature should be accessible online without cost to readers, it is not costless to produce. However, experiments show that the overall costs of providing open access to this literature are far lower than the costs of traditional forms of dissemination. With such an opportunity to save money and expand the scope of dissemination at the same time, there is today a strong incentive for professional associations, universities, libraries, foundations, and others to embrace open access as a means of advancing their missions. Achieving open access will require new cost recovery models and financing mechanisms, but the significantly lower overall cost of dissemination is a reason to be confident that the goal is attainable and not merely preferable or utopian.



To achieve open access to scholarly journal literature, we recommend two complementary strategies.




  1. Self-Archiving: First, scholars need the tools and assistance to deposit their refereed journal articles in open electronic archives, a practice commonly called, self-archiving. When these archives conform to standards created by the Open Archives Initiative, then search engines and other tools can treat the separate archives as one. Users then need not know which archives exist or where they are located in order to find and make use of their contents.

  2. Open-access Journals: Second, scholars need the means to launch a new generation of journals committed to open access, and to help existing journals that elect to make the transition to open access. Because journal articles should be disseminated as widely as possible, these new journals will no longer invoke copyright to restrict access to and use of the material they publish. Instead they will use copyright and other tools to ensure permanent open access to all the articles they publish. Because price is a barrier to access, these new journals will not charge subscription or access fees, and will turn to other methods for covering their expenses. There are many alternative sources of funds for this purpose, including the foundations and governments that fund research, the universities and laboratories that employ researchers, endowments set up by discipline or institution, friends of the cause of open access, profits from the sale of add-ons to the basic texts, funds freed up by the demise or cancellation of journals charging traditional subscription or access fees, or even contributions from the researchers themselves. There is no need to favor one of these solutions over the others for all disciplines or nations, and no need to stop looking for other, creative alternatives.



Open access to peer-reviewed journal literature is the goal. Self-archiving (L) and a new generation of open-access journals (IL.) are the ways to attain this goal. They are not only direct and effective means to this end, they are within the reach of scholars themselves, immediately, and need not wait on changes brought about by markets or legislation. While we endorse the two strategies just outlined, we also encourage experimentation with further ways to make the transition from the present methods of dissemination to open access. Flexibility, experimentation, and adaptation to local circumstances are the best ways to assure that progress in diverse settings will be rapid, secure, and long-lived.



The Open Society Institute, the foundation network founded by philanthropist George Soros, is committed to providing initial help and funding to realize this goal. It will use its resources and influence to extend and promote institutional self-archiving, to launch new open-access journals, and to help an open-access journal system become economically self-sustaining. While the Open Society Institute's commitment and resources are substantial, this initiative is very much in need of other organizations to lend their effort and resources.



We invite governments, universities, libraries, journal editors, publishers, foundations, learned societies, professional associations, and individual scholars who share our vision to join us in the task of removing the barriers to open access and building a future in which research and education in every part of the world are that much more free to flourish.



February 14, 2002



Budapest, Hungary



 



Leslie Chan: Bioline International



Darius Cuplinskas: Director, Information Program, Open Society Institute



Michael Eisen: Public Library of Science



Fred Friend: Director Scholarly Communication, University College London



Yana Genova: Next Page Foundation



Jean-Claude Guédon: University of Montreal



Melissa Hagemann: Program Officer, Information Program, Open Society Institute



Stevan Harnad: Professor of Cognitive Science, University of Southampton, Universite du Quebec a Montreal



Rick Johnson: Director, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)



Rima Kupryte: Open Society Institute



Manfredi La Manna: Electronic Society for Social Scientists



István Rév: Open Society Institute, Open Society Archives



Monika Segbert: eIFL Project consultant



Sidnei de Souza: Informatics Director at CRIA, Bioline International



Peter Suber: Professor of Philosophy, Earlham College & The Free Online Scholarship Newsletter



Jan Velterop: Publisher, BioMed Central



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Code of Conduct, Publication Ethics and Roles Responsibilities

Cyberspace Journal aims to ensure highest ethical standards for publication to accept high-quality scientific publications and public trusts in scientific findings, as well as to promote authors of articles to receive credit for their ideas. All processes are maintained adhering to the Publication Ethics (COPE) and its Best Practice Guidelines in every possible way.



Plagiarism

Manuscripts that are found to have been plagiarized from a manuscript by other authors will be considered as plagiarism. Plagiarism screening process will take place in the beginning of the review process prior to being handed to the reviewer(s) and in the editing process. In case of plagiarism is detected after the manuscript is published, the editor will immediately remove the article from the issue list with a notification of publication ethics infringement.



Duplicate Submission

Manuscripts that are found to have been published elsewhere, or to be under review elsewhere will be considered as violation of duplicate submission. If authors have used their own previously published work, or work that is currently being reviewed, as the basis for a submitted manuscript, they are required to properly cite the previous work to avoid self-plagiarism (auto-plagiarism) once after both manuscripts are published.



Citation Manipulation

Submitted manuscripts that are found to include false citations whose primary purpose is to increase the number of citations to a particular author's work or articles published in any particular journal is considered a violation of citation manipulation.



Data Falsification

Submitted manuscripts that are found to have falsified research results and findings (including the manipulation of graphs, images, or charts) will be considered as a violation of data falsification.



Improper Author Attribution

All sources reiterated in the submitted manuscript must be given proper attribution as required by the license derived by the original source.



Conflicts of Interest

Cyberspace Journal encourages authors to avoid any Conflicts of interests (COIs, also known as ‘competing interests’) that occur when issues outside research could be reasonably perceived to affect the neutrality or objectivity of the work or its assessment. However, any occur potential conflicts of interest must be declared – whether or not they actually had an influence – to allow informed decisions. In most cases, this declaration will not stop work from being published nor will it always prevent someone from being involved in a review process.



Upon cases of uncertainty, declaration of a potential interest or discussion with the editors is highly encouraged. Undeclared interests may lead to consequences of rejection or being re-assessed that might cause to be retracted from being published.



Conflicts of interest include:




  1. Financial – funding and other payments, goods and services received or expected by the authors relating to the subject of the work or from an organization with an interest in the outcome of the work.

  2. Affiliations – being employed by, on the advisory board for, or a member of an organization with an interest in the outcome of the work.

  3. Intellectual property – patents or trademarks owned by someone or their organization.

  4. Personal – friends, family, relationships, and other close personal connections.

  5. Ideology – beliefs or activism, e.g. political or religious, relevant to the work.

  6. Academic – competitors or someone whose work is critiqued.



Authors must declare current or recent funding and other payments, goods or services that might influence the work. All funding, whether a conflict or not, must be declared in the ‘Acknowledgments’. Declared conflicts of interest (if any) will be considered by the editor and reviewers and included in the published article.



Editors and reviewers should not be involved with a submission when they:




  1. Have a recent publication or current submission with any author.

  2. Collaborate or recently collaborated with any author.

  3. Have a financial interest in the subject of the work.

  4. Experience inability to be objective.



In any way possible, Cyberspace Journal aims to avoid assigning submissions to editors and inviting reviewers, should there is a conflict of interest; in which they should decline in any of the above situations and declare any conflicts to the journal. Reviewers must declare their interests in the ‘Confidential’ section of the review form, which will be considered by the editor. Close competitors should consider declining. Editors and reviewers must declare if they have previously discussed the manuscript with the authors during the initial editorial meeting.



Sanctions of mentioned violations

In the event that there are evidence of violations of any of the above mentioned policies in any journal, regardless of whether or not the violations occurred in a journal published by Cyberspace Journal, the following sanctions will be considered:




  1. Immediate rejection of the infringing manuscript.

  2. Immediate rejection of every other manuscript submitted to Cyberspace Journal by the author(s) of the infringing manuscript for 2 subsequent issues (12 months).

  3. Blacklisted as author or demoted user access from author to reader

  4. Prohibition against all of the authors from serving on the Editorial Board of Cyberspace Journal.



In cases where the violations of the above policies are found to be particularly severe, the publisher reserves the right to impose additional sanctions beyond those described above.



Responsibilities

Author(s) responsibilities:




  1. The author should present manuscript or research results as clearly, honestly, plagiarism-free, and ensures no manipulation of data.

  2. The author is responsible to confirm submission statements of the manuscripts that have been proposed and written in the submission process.

  3. The author must adhere to the requirements of publication in the form of original paper, no-plagiarism, and has never been published in journal or other publication.

  4. The author must show reference of opinion and other literature being cited.

  5. The author must write a manuscript or article by carrying ethic, honest and responsible as the valid scientific authorial regulation.

  6. The author is prohibited to send similar manuscript any other journal or publication.

  7. The author must hold no objection if the submitted manuscript is being corrected without changing its basic idea or substance.



Editor(s) responsibilities:




  1. The editors of Cyberspace Journal are responsible in deciding articles to be published through editorial meetings. Editor is guided by policies and journal editorial restricted by valid law concerning defamation, copyright violation and plagiarism.

  2. In the process of articles acceptance, editor team works based on editorial procedures and requirement as stated in the journal policies and guidelines.

  3. In the process of journal review and decision of publication (of the manuscript), the editor team does not discriminate any races, sexes, religions ethnic, citizenship, or ideology of political writer.

  4. Editor and editorial team will not open any information about manuscript or article except there is permissions from the author(s).

  5. A manuscript that is not published after being proposed (as submission) will be returned directly to the author and kept as archive.



Reviewer(s) responsibilities:




  1. Reviewer helps editor in making decisions on the submitted manuscript.

  2. Reviewer is responsible to give recommendation on reviewed manuscript.

  3. Review of manuscript is done objectively and supported by clear argument.

  4. Reviewer maintain secrecy of information for personal gain and incline to the double-blind review process.



Publisher responsibilities:




  1. Cyberspace Journal as scientific journal publisher is responsible to publish article after the process of screening, review, editing, and layouts in accordance with the rules of standard scientific journal publishing.

  2. Cyberspace Journal is responsible to guarantee academic freedom of editor and reviewer in running their job.

  3. Cyberspace Journal is responsible to keep privacy and protects intellectual property and copyright as well as editorial freedom.