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Important copyright information

All papers published in the CERJ remain the copyright of their authors.

Great care has been taken to ensure that papers published in CERJ do not infringe upon the copyright of any third party. If there is reason to believe you or someone else’s copyrighted material has been used without permission or acknowledgement, please contact the CERJ Editorial Board directly: We will remove any material found to be the copyright of a third party.

Open access policy

Articles published in CERJ will fall under the Creative Commons (CC) Attibution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported Licence. The CC has outlined an open access policy that CERJ adheres to. In brief, published articles may be freely shared as long as there is proper acknowledgement of their original authorship and publication.

Any requests for more substantial use of material should be directed to the author as copyright holder. Authors’ emails are listed on the page of their abstracts. In cases where there is no contact information available, the CERJ Editorial Board will pass along requests.

Author responsibilities

Before submission, authors should be aware of their faculty’s policies and regulations in terms of dissertation submission (e.g., definitions of ‘work being an original contribution to knowledge’ or ‘self-plagiarism’) and discuss any issues of uncertainty with their supervisor. Authors are also responsible for ensuring that there is no conflict of interest associated with publishing their work or infringement of copyrighted material.

*Terms and conditions  

You will be asked to agree to the following terms and conditions when submitting your manuscript. Please read carefully and make sure you understand them in full.

Before submitting a paper, I understand that it is my responsibility to know my faculty’s or department’s academic policies (e.g., definitions of ‘work being an original contribution to knowledge’ or ‘self-plagiarism’) to ensure the publication of my work is not in violation of them.

I understand that a successful paper will undergo two stages of peer review (outlined on the Submissions page) before publication.

Should my paper successfully pass the first review stage, I will be given three weeks to make amendments before it proceeds to the second review stage. Following the seond stage of peer-review, I will be given at least two weeks to make amendments. I understand that these timelines are conditional upon my adhering to submission timeframes.

I understand that I am entitled to request for my paper to be removed during the review period. Should I decide to take this action, I understand my paper will no longer be considered for publication.

At either selection stage, I have the right to make an appeal to the CERJ Editor if I disagree with my paper's status (e.g., being rejected) or recommended changes. In such cases, an additional reviewer will examine my paper to help make complete the decision process. The final decision will be made by the CERJ Editor.

By my paper being accepted for publication, I grant CERJ the exclusive license to publish my work(s) online within a public domain in return to retain copyright of my material and the reuse of it (e.g., posting it on an institutional repository or personal website) as long as the proper citation of its publication is made. The publication of my work will adhere to the open-access policy detailed under the CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported Licence.

I am aware that articles published on the CERJ website display authors’ full names, emails, and affiliated departments/faculties and institutions. If I wish for my personal details (other than my full name) not to be displayed on my publication, I must notify the CERJ Editorial Board of this request.

I am aware that there are potential risks associated with any form of online publishing, such as plagiarism by others. I further understand that CERJ will do all it can to protect my intellectual property, although it cannot take responsibility should plagiarism occur.

I am aware that any images, symbols and other copyrighted material that are not my original work can only be used with permission granted by its owner (e.g., author or publisher). I will be required to declare the use of copyright material, in addition to agreeing to the terms and conditions outlined above, when completing the online submission form and understand that the personal information I provide in this form will be treated as strictly confidential and handled in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

CRediT author statement

Starting from Volume 8, CERJ includes CRediT author statement (Contributor Roles Taxonomy). The CRediT taxonomy of contributor roles was proposed in response to the insufficiency of the conventional authorship model, particularly in the case of multiple authorship, to properly reflect each author’s roles and contributions. There are many benefits to using the CRediT taxonomy, such as greater transparency and accessibility of credits and the prevention of authorship disputes.

CRediT taxonomy includes 14 roles to describe each author's individual contributions to the publication.

Term Definition


Ideas; formulation or evolution of overarching research goals and aims


Development or design of methodology; creation of models


Programming, software development; designing computer programs; implementation of the computer code and supporting algorithms; testing of existing code components


Verification, whether as a part of the activity or separate, of the overall replication/ reproducibility of results/experiments and other research outputs

Formal analysis

Application of statistical, mathematical, computational, or other formal techniques to analyze or synthesize study data


Conducting a research and investigation process, specifically performing the experiments, or data/evidence collection


Provision of study materials, reagents, materials, patients, laboratory samples, animals, instrumentation, computing resources, or other analysis tools

Data Curation

Management activities to annotate (produce metadata), scrub data and maintain research data (including software code, where it is necessary for interpreting the data itself) for initial use and later reuse

Writing - Original Draft

Preparation, creation and/or presentation of the published work, specifically writing the initial draft (including substantive translation)

Writing - Review & Editing

Preparation, creation and/or presentation of the published work by those from the original research group, specifically critical review, commentary or revision – including pre-or postpublication stages


Preparation, creation and/or presentation of the published work, specifically visualization/data presentation


Oversight and leadership responsibility for the research activity planning and execution, including mentorship external to the core team

Project administration

Management and coordination responsibility for the research activity planning and execution

Funding acquisition

Acquisition of the financial support for the project leading to this publication

* Reproduced from Brand et al. (2015), Learned Publishing 28(2), with permission of the authors.

Please note that the corresponding author is responsible for listing the contributions of all authors at submission; All authors are responsible for discussing and agreeing to their individual contributions prior to submission; All authors are responsible for ensuring that the roles assigned are accurate; Once a paper has been accepted, the author roles cannot be modified.