Editorial Policies

Editorial

Day to day NJE editorial matters, submitted manuscripts and all enquiries are managed on a part time basis by an Honorary Editor. The Editor is supported by an Editorial Committee (http://www.nje.org.na/index.php/nje/about/editorialTeam).

Review

All published articles have been submitted to a peer-review process. Reviewers are suitably knowledgeable individuals. The minimum number of reviewers per manuscript is two, but more may be used if needed. A double-blind review system is used, whereby both the authors and the reviewers do not know the identity of the others. Reviewers have the choice of accepting a manuscript as suitable for publication, referring the manuscript back to the authors for improvement, or rejecting it as unsuitable.

NJE acknowledges the responsibility to develop Namibian reviewing experience and our reviewers therefore reflect a balance of international expertise and local knowledge. Reviewers are not paid for their services, and the double-blind system keeps them anonymous. To nevertheless give them the credit they are due, reviewers will be given the choice of being identified once a manuscript has successfully passed the review process and has been accepted for publication. At that time, but only with the reviewer’s permission, authors will be requested to insert an appropriate acknowledgement, otherwise they will be required to acknowledge ‘anonymous reviewers’.

Post publication changes

When minor errors that do not fundamentally affect the content of an article become apparent after publication, they will be inserted in an Erratum section that will appear on the last page of the paper, below any original text. The modified version will be re-uploaded to on-line repositories and will replace the version already there.

In case of major post-publication issues that require retraction of the article, all reference to the article on the web site and all uploaded versions will be replaced with a notice giving only the title and authorship, plus a statement of retraction.

Archiving

Articles are downloadable free of charge from the NJE web site, and are also independently archived both at Environmental Information Service Namibia, http://www.the-eis.com/, and the Internet Archive, https://archive.org/index.php.

NJE is therefore compliant with the requirements for electronic publication of new species names of both the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, https://www.iczn.org/, and the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature, https://www.iapt-taxon.org/icbn/main.htm.

Ethical

NJE values freedom of speech and encourages discourse on controversial subjects, but will not accept any articles that promote or are the result of any questionable activities, including but not limited to: practices that are unethical, dishonest, illegal, inhumane, detrimental to the environment, detrimental to species survival, detrimental to human rights and dignity, or represent blatant marketing, advertisement or plagiarism. In cases where unethical practices only become apparent post-publication, the affected article may be retracted based on a decision by the Editorial Committee.

Financial support

There are no charges to authors for publishing in NJE, nor does NJE benefit financially from published articles. The costs of producing the journal are covered by the not-for-profit Namibian Chamber of Environment and their donors, none of whom derive any financial benefit from NJE, nor do they influence the content in any way.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Copyright and licencing

Articles in this journal are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Contact details

Editor’s email: editor@nje.org.na

Journal web site: https://www.nje.org.na/index.php/nje/index

Physical address: c/o Namibian Chamber of Environment, 18 Nachtigal Street, Windhoek, Namibia. http://www.n-c-e.org/