Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Dancecult is a peer-reviewed academic journal published once annually that provides immediate open access to its published content. The journal is managed by the Dancecult Editorial Board and is an activity of the Dancecult Research Network.

Dancecult does not charge authors submission, processing or publishing fees.

Dancecult will sustain online access to the journal archives on its website in the event it is no longer published.

Editorial Responsibilities

The Executive Editor makes final decisions regarding the publication of submissions, taking into account the importance, originality, clarity and validity of every submission, as well as its relevance to the journal’s scope. The editors evaluate manuscript submissions without regard to the authors’ race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy.

Feature Articles are subjected to double blind peer review. It is the Executive Editor’s responsibility to select appropriate peer reviewers for Feature Article submissions. The Executive Editor considers requests for the exclusion of specific reviewers (for example, in the case of a concern over conflict of interest with the submission author). Dancecult provides submission tracking to authors.

Reviewer Responsibilities

Reviewers should assist the editorial team in making editorial decisions, in addition to serving the author in improving a submission. This includes verifying adequate citation of other published work referenced in a submission and noting substantial similarity or overlap between the submission under review and any other published work of which they have knowledge.

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Reviewers should use supporting arguments to clarify their views and should refrain from personal criticism of authors. If a reviewer feels unqualified to evaluate the research reported in a submission, the reviewer should notify the editor and withdraw from the review process.

Author Responsibilities

Authors must consult Section Policies and the Dancecult Style Guide before submitting a manuscript to Dancecult. Authorship should denote those who have made significant contributions to the conception, design, execution or interpretation of a submission. The corresponding author should ensure that all contributing co-authors and no others are included in the author list. The corresponding author should also verify that all co-authors have approved the final version of the submission and have agreed to its publication.

Authors should not submit previously published material, including material published in conference proceedings. Authors should submit only original work that accurately cites or quotes the work and/or words of others. Publications that have been influential in determining or inspiring the nature of the work reported in a submission should be cited.

Authors should not send the same submission to more than one journal, as it is unethical publishing behavior for different journals to publish submissions describing the same research. Therefore, manuscripts which have been published as copyrighted material elsewhere should not be submitted to Dancecult, and manuscripts under review by Dancecult should not be submitted to other copyrighted publications. Nonetheless, in submitting work to Dancecult for review and publication, authors retain the rights to the published material.

A submission should present an accurate account of the research project and process, as well as an objective discussion of the significance of the research. Underlying data should be represented accurately and in sufficient detail to enable the replication of the research work. Authors may be asked to share the raw data of a submission; authors should therefore ensure accessibility of their data for at least ten years after the publication of a submission (provided the confidentiality of the participants, places and events can be protected and legal rights concerning proprietary data do not preclude their release).

The opinions expressed in material published by Dancecult are those of the authors alone.

Authors are responsible for clearing necessary permissions when using visual material.

Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate or misleading statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable to Dancecult.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

The editorial team and reviewers should not disclose any information about a submission to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, and appropriate editorial advisers. Unpublished materials disclosed in a submission will not be used by the editorial team for their own research purposes without the author’s explicit written consent.

Retraction and Revision in Cases of Errors, Inaccuracies and/or Malpractice

Retraction or revision of published material is possible at the discretion of the editors when suitable reason is provided. The journal will publish correspondence on matters arising from the publication of errors, inaccuracies or malpractices.

If an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in their own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor and to cooperate with the editor to retract or revise the published work.


Principal Contact
Graham St John
Executive Editor

Support Contact
Botond Vitos