Trace ∴ Journal for Human-Animal Studies is a peer-reviewed, fully open access online journal that provides a forum for research and discussion of human-animal relations from social and cultural perspectives.
When sending a manuscript the author(s) accept the digital publishing contract (please open the link and read it!). The publishing contract covers the publication of the manuscript on the digital versions of the Trace journal according to the Open Access principles and the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/]. (NB! Changed on January 28, 2020!) The conditions allow the author to retain copyright to his/her work and anyone to copy and distribute it for free in any medium and form, changed or unchanged provided that appropriate credit to author(s) is given, a link provided to the license, and any changes are indicated. Information on copyright issues in Finland is given by Kopiosto.
Trace is a scientific journal that doesn't pursue economic gain. Instead, the purpose of the publishing contract is to acknowledge the moral rights of the author(s) to their work and make possible the distribution of results of scientific research in the Trace journal in print as well as in digital form.
The license concerning the metadata of published articles is Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).
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The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies and the journal are joint controllers. Their respective responsibilities are described in the document.
Allegations of misconduct are to be made directly to the Editor-in-Chief, or alternatively to the chair of the Finnish Society of Human-Animal Studies. Allegations are reviewed and acted on, if necessary, by the Editorial team and/or by the board of the aforementioned society.
Authorship is defined by contribution and those listed as authors of a manuscript must meet all of the following criteria: have made a significant contribution to the work reported, have participated in the writing of the article, have reviewed and approved of the manuscript before submitting, agree to take responsibility for the contents of the article.
Complaints and appeals of the editor decisions are welcomed with strong evidence or new information in response to the editor's and reviewer's comments. Complaints about the editorial management in general are also welcome. All complaints and appeals are to be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief.
Conflicts of interest must be declared by all authors when relevant to the article in question.
Ethical oversight must be applied to all manuscript submitted. All research published in Trace must have been conducted according to international and local guidelines ensuring ethically conducted research. The national guidelines followed by Trace are those of the Finnish National Board for Research Integrity, TENK.
Post-publication discussions and corrections can be requested by contacting the Editor-in-Chief. Requests are carefully considered and any changes will be accompanied with a post-publication notice which will be permanently linked to the original article.