As a condition of publication, the authors must grant the Clute Institute the right to disseminate their manuscript to the widest possible readership in print and electronic format. Authors must also agree to our open access policy, which is to provide immediate open access to our journals on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, remix, tweak, build upon, print, search, or link the full text of the articles in this journal provided that appropriate credit is given.

The Clute Institute is dedicated to the preservation of all manuscripts we publish. We believe that preserving the ground-breaking research published in our journals is not only good for the authors, but also for the next generation of researchers and scholars.

All of our previously published manuscripts are stored on multiple servers around the globe via our Internet Service Provider. We are working with a dark archiving service to provide our authors with another way of ensuring the longevity of everything we publish. Under this arrangement, our published research will be available online and open access even if The Clute Institute were to cease operations.

Authors should avoid submitting a paper for journal publication with text that is duplicated elsewhere without appropriate credit. The plagiarism of the works of another author is unethical, not to mention damaging to the reputation of the publisher, author, and the author’s institution. Articles containing plagiarism will be removed from publication and will be reported to the proper authorities.

Equally serious, but less obvious, is unintentional electronic copying and pasting of text without appropriate credit. Being found guilty of intentional plagiarism can negate a lifetime of achievements and needs to be taken very seriously. The Clute Institute scans every submitted article through plagiarism detection software and recommends that authors use their own software to ensure such errors do not occur.

Alleged cases of plagiarism will be reviewed and retracted as necessary.

Errors on the part of authors and publishers are inevitable. If the error is material, a note will be placed at the end of the article indicating that a change has been made and what the change was. The purpose of the note is to preserve the integrity of the academic record.

On rare occasions an article must be retracted due to plagiarism or errors so significant that the article cannot remain in print. When an article is retracted, a note will be posted in its place indicating that the article has been removed from publication. Cases of plagiarism are referred to the author’s institution.

We use the Creative Commons copyright license policy, CC-BY 3.0 US, to maximize the exposure of published manuscripts and remove access and reuse barriers. CC-BY 3.0 gives researchers the right to copy, share, copy, edit, transform, extend, or republish provided that appropriate credit is given. All copyrights remain with the authors; all we ask is for permission to publish.

Along with our Open Access Fees, our journals are also funded in part by advertisements placed on our site.

Occasionally an article is published of such importance that a second publisher desires to re-publish the article in one of their journals. Because authors retain the copyright, they may re-print their article in another journal provided that appropriate credit is given to the original publication.

In mid-2011 we made the switch from subscription based publishing to open access. Today with no library subscription revenue, journal operations are entirely funded by manuscript submission fees, open access fees, and digital advertisements.