Author Rights

Exclusion of Reviewers/Suggesting Reviewers

While authors may request to exclude certain reviewers who might have perceived competing interests from refereeing their works, they are asked to provide additional information to support such a request. The Editors will respect these requests provided that they do not interfere with the objective and thorough assessment of the article.

  • The Editors avoid sending manuscripts to particular reviewers under the following circumstances:
  • The reviewer has previously co-published an article with the author(s),
  • The reviewer has assisted the author(s) in proofreading their manuscripts,
  • The reviewer has experienced problems with the author(s) in the past,
  • The reviewer will benefit financially from the publication of the article,
  • The reviewer works in the same institution (same department within the same university) as the author(s).

Authors may be asked to suggest 6 expert reviewers. Where appropriate, authors should suggest 2 to 3 reviewers who are experts in methodology as well as 2 to 3 reviewers who are experts on the subject. Authors should avoid suggesting as reviewers those individuals with whom they have had a collaborative relationship within the past 3 years, whom they have mentored, or by whom they have been mentored.

Presubmission Inquiries

If you would like editorial input on whether your paper might be a strong candidate for consideration in SPC, we ask that you send a presubmission inquiry to the editor The body of your email should include a tentative title and an abstract plus a brief description of the study’s results and an explanation of the interest and significance to the broader readership of SPC. You will receive an acknowledgment of receipt of your presubmission inquiry within a few working days and, in most instances, an editorial decision within a week.

Status Inquiries

Authors are expected to feel free to inquire about the current status of their manuscripts as it progresses through the editorial process. Authors may e-mail the editor with specific questions.

Request to Withdraw

Authors may request to withdraw their manuscript(s) as they progress through the editorial process, reviewer process, or of an accepted but unpublished paper.

Posting the Article

We encourage authors to use or refer to the final, definitive version of their article on their personal or institutional web sites as soon as it becomes available. Authors also have the choice of posting the PDF version of their articles as well as a link to the PDF version hosted on SPC’s web site. Authors may post a copy of their articles on their personal or institutional web site or share it on personal social media pages.

Reusing the Published Articles

Authors certainly have the right to republish their articles, in whole or in part, in any book, article, or other scholarly work, provided that they give credit to SPC. Authors can request permission to reuse their articles. For uses or for questions please consult the Editor.


Authors certainly have the right to request an Erratum for the material errors occurring in Editorial or publishing processes, as well as for errors of their own Works, in the first work to be published.