URF Publishers | Journals


Under the UR Forum website use conditions and the UR Forum Publishers-General Conditions for Authors, authors of articles published in UR Forum journals retain copyright on their articles, with the exception of any third-party images and other materials added by UR Forum, which are subject to the copyright of their respective owners. Authors are thus free to disseminate and republish their articles, subject to any restrictions imposed by third-party copyright holders and the full citation of the original publication. Visitors may also download and forward articles as long as the citation requirements are met. Any materials copied, downloaded, forwarded, or otherwise distributed are always subject to any copyright notices displayed. Copyright notices must be clearly visible and cannot be obliterated, deleted, or hidden in whole or in part.

Author conduct and copyright

When submitting their work, all authors must agree to our licence to publish. By submitting to the UR Forum and agreeing to this licence, the submitting author agrees on behalf of all authors that:

The work is original, has not been previously published, and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere; and the author has obtained permission to use any material sourced from third parties (e.g. illustrations, photographs, charts, or maps) (whether open access or not). the authors of non-open-access papers retain the copyright, but grant the URF the exclusive right to edit, adapt, translate, publish, reproduce, distribute, and display the article in printed, electronic, or any other medium or format.

Referee conduct and intellectual property

Authors have the right to expect that referees or other individuals who have access to the work an author submits to a journal will not steal or plagiarise their research ideas or work. we expect all referees to keep submitted material confidential until it is published.

Allegations of theft or plagiarism must be supported by evidence and will be taken seriously. even if the identities of the referees are revealed, we will discourage authors from contacting them directly if misconduct is suspected.

Preprints, accepted author manuscripts and embargoes

Using preprint and accepted author manuscript repositories

We are committed to making research more accessible and to communicating it as quickly as possible. A preprint is a version of a manuscript that has been submitted to a journal, an earlier draught, or any part of it. An accepted author manuscript (AAM) is the accepted paper's author's manuscript version. Green open access refers to depositing your accepted manuscript in a freely accessible repository.

Preprints can be deposited at any time, and the AAM can be deposited upon acceptance. Both can be made available for free. Please, however, read the media embargo policy below. Depositing a preprint or AAM on a personal or institutional website or a recognised server or repository does not constitute prior publication or a breach of our media embargo policy (see below), and will prejudice neither the peer review process nor publication in our journals.

We provide "scoop protection," which means that if other researchers publish similar findings after submitting to a UR Forum journal, this will not be considered a rejection reason. This applies from the day a manuscript is posted on a recognised preprint server if it is submitted in a similar form to a UR Forum journal within three months of posting.

We encourage authors to include a link to the preprint version in their published article. Authors may also cite other preprints as long as they are clearly identified as such

Media embargo

We have a strict embargo policy on articles accepted for publication, which means that media coverage of a scientific article published in one of our journals is embargoed until the day of publication.

In terms of preprints, researchers may respond to media inquiries. Researchers should make it clear, however, that the paper has not yet been peer reviewed, that the findings are preliminary, and that the conclusions may change. The authors are expected to keep the details of the peer review and editorial processes private.