PoliciesWith the primary aim of promoting the development and sharing of high-quality teaching and learning resources for best practices in kinesiology, the EPIK Editors established the following policies:
- Manuscript Submission and Publication Ethics
- Submission Fees
- Disclosure of Research Funding and Other Support
- Disclosure of Financial Interests and External Activities
Manuscript Submission and Publication Ethics
The submitting author is required to have implemented the resources in one or more classes and can attest to the efficacy of the resource. All individuals who are listed as authors should have made substantive intellectual contributions to the overall project, i.e. conception and design of resource, implementation of resource, observation of resource in practice, etc., and should be able to take public responsibility for the content. Contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship may be listed in the acknowledgments section.
EPIK endorses the Declaration of Helsinki of the World Medical Association as regards the conduct of human participants. Investigators are expected to comply with the principles set forth in this declaration when research involves the use of human participants. In the case of psychological research, investigators will be expected to comply with the principles established by the American Psychological Association. (American Psychological Association. Ethical Principles in the Conduct of Research with Human Participants. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association; 1982). The inclusion of human participants (including class assessment data and student feedback) should be approved by an ethics committee prior to the investigation and shall be stated in the Methods section of the submitted manuscript.
EPIK will not consider resources that are simultaneously being considered by other journals, or that are redundant or duplicate in nature. All submitted resources will be subject to a pre-review, which will include an originality check using Turnitin software and a general review for alignment with the EPIK mission and scope. EPIK reserves the right to reject without peer-review any resource not meeting originality requirements or for lack of appropriate citations and referencing. Following pre-review, the submission will be peer-reviewed by two professional reviewers. EPIK uses a double blind peer-review process for all submissions.
Previously published protocols, standard norms, or rubrics will not be accepted if described in full detail. Authors should refer to other works and reference them appropriately. For example, when using a specific treadmill protocol for a laboratory resource, authors should simply refer to and cite the protocol instead of describing the protocol exactly.
All resources will be reviewed based on intellectual content without regard for age, gender or sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, country of origin, political philosophy of the authors, or home institution.
All resources submitted for peer-review are kept strictly confidential by editors and reviewers. At no time will editors or reviewers utilize submitted materials without the written consent of the authors.
Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for its content. All co-authors must have been directly involved in:
- planning and contributing to some component (conception, design, conduct, analysis, or interpretation) of the work which led to the manuscript/resource or interpreting at least a portion of the results
- writing a draft of the manuscript/resource or revising it for intellectual content.
All authors must review and approve the manuscript/resource before it is submitted for publication. Contributions made by individuals who do not meet the above criteria should be included in the acknowledgment section.
Authors will declare the submission is original and to the best of their knowledge contains no materials previously published or written by another person, or substantial proportions of published material, except where acknowledgement is made or permission for use is granted. Authors will confirm that all data provided are authentic. If necessary, the publication can be recalled and errors corrected.
There is no submission fee associated with EPIK. Currently, there is no processing fee; however, a 20 USD processing fee will be charged upon acceptance for submissions received after June 1, 2021. There is no fee to access EPIK resources.
Professionals interested in serving as EPIK reviewers may complete a reviewer form here: [link]. Authors may also request to be added as EPIK reviewers upon submission. Reviewers are assigned based on areas of expertise.
Disclosure of Research Funding and Other Support
Authors should acknowledge the sources of support for all activities leading to and facilitating preparation of the manuscript/resource. These may include, but are not limited to:
- grant, contract, and gift support
- salary support if other than institutional funds
- technical or other support if substantive and meaningful to the completion of the project
Disclosure of Financial Interests and External Activities
Authors should fully disclose related financial interests and outside activities in their submission documents.
EPIK encourages educational, not-for-profit use of published resources by individual instructors. Instructors may use the resources in their classrooms according to “fair use” guidelines without contacting us for permission. This includes modifying a resource to fit your course. When using EPIK resources, instructors must acknowledge the author(s) and cite the EPIK publication as the source.
Any commercially based reproduction that is either electronic in format or involves bound material or more than 100 impressions, is considered non-standard and is not authorized without written permission from EPIK Editors. For example, non standard usage may include: inclusion of material in a commercial text book, reproduction of several resources in a course or lab manual prepared by a college bookstore.
If you have questions or to request authorization, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.