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    Research Integrity

    Fitting with our goal of publishing high-quality, open access journals, Aperio provides the following services and features to all of its journals.

    Peer Review

    Aperio Journals provides its editors with access to and guidance on the Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE) guidelines, and our editors have agreed to adhere to them.

    In accordance with these guidelines, each journal maintains high academic standards and sets its own peer review process in accordance with disciplinary norms. We offer the option of open peer review as well. Any content that is not peer-reviewed will be clearly marked on the journal website.

    Anti-plagiarism Checking

    In addition to editors screening submissions based on their disciplinary expertise, they have ability to check for plagiarism through the Crossref Similarity Check powered by iThenticate. This system allows editors to compare submissions across a large database of academic content and to alert them of items requiring further review. This service allows editors to save time and operate more confidently by minimizing the potential of publishing plagiarized content early in the process.

    Open Licenses and Data Sharing

    Aperio’s content is published using Creative Commons Licenses, which guarantee that the copyright remains with the author while allowing the work to be freely and immediately available to readers.

    We encourage Aperio’s authors to make their related research objects open access in addition to the written publications. Open data, specifically, enables better review and replication of one’s research. It also increases one’s research impact, allows for greater and faster scientific progress, and more opportunities for collaboration.

    We urge authors to use the CC0 license when depositing research data, in order to make it part of the public domain and enable greater reuse.

    Researchers at the University of Virginia have access to the institution’s data repository Libra Data.

    Researchers outside of the University of Virginia are encouraged to deposit their data in an appropriate institutional or disciplinary repository.

    Journal editors may contact us about creating their own journal-specific data repository within UVa’s Libra Data. This will ensure better linking between research publications and related datasets.


    Our content is assigned Digital Object Identifiers (DOI). This allows for easier referencing and tracking of citations by the publishing and research communities. We work with editors to ensure that journals are registered with as many appropriate indexes as possible. Article-level metadata are openly available for indexing and harvesting via OAI-PMH as well.


    To ensure the future availability of our publications, we utilize both CLOCKSS and LOCKSS archiving systems. The University of Virginia is a CLOCKSS node and a member of its Board of Directors.

    Note: Some journals may not utilize all of the aforementioned services and features. Please refer to individual journal website for a full description of its policies and practices.