Open Access Policy

The Coastal Review is an open-access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of all articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

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Review Process

Anyone may submit a manuscript to The Coastal Review provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to The Coastal Review, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at The Coastal Review. If you have concerns about the submission terms for The Coastal Review, please contact the Editors.

Following is the Editorial Workflow that every manuscript submitted to The Coastal Review undergoes during the course of the peer-review process.

  • Once a manuscript is submitted, and after the "Call for Papers" deadline is over, the manuscript is assigned to a member of the General Editorial Board for an initial screening.
  • If the Editor determines that the manuscript is not of sufficient quality to go through the normal review process, the Editor rejects the manuscript with no further processing.
  • If the Editor determines that the submitted manuscript is of sufficient quality, he/she assigns the manuscript to an external reviewer for peer-review. Further, the reviewer submits his/her report on the manuscripts along with a recommendation of one of the following actions:
    • Accept submission
    • Accept submission with minor revisions
    • Major revisions required for acceptance
    • Reject submission

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Formatting Requirements

The Coastal Review has general rules about the formatting of articles for initial submission and publication. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details.

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Copyright & Licensing Terms

All papers published in The Coastal Review are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Authors retain all copyrights without restrictions, and agree to the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license for their work as a condition of publication.

End users' rights under the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license are outlined here. For all other purposes, permission must be obtained from the author.

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Plagiarism Policy

The Coastal Review may use Similarity Check, a multi-publisher initiative, to selectively screen article submissions for originality. Similarity Check uses the iThenticate software, which checks submissions against millions of published research papers (the Similarity Check database), documents on the web, and other relevant sources. These submitted papers are not retained in the Similarity Check system after they have been checked. Read more at Crossref's Similarity Check & Researchers page.

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Charges & Fees

The Coastal Review levies no submission charges, or charges or fees for publication of accepted articles.

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Digital Archiving

The Coastal Review is preserved using CLOCKSS, a leading preservation archive that guarantees persistent access to journal content for the very long term. Articles also receive Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) through Crossref to ensure they can always be found.

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