Ethics Statement for Journals

Guiding Principles

Duke University Press (DUP) is committed to the highest standards of both critical scholarly review and professional publishing judgment. By insisting on thorough peer review procedures in combination with careful editorial judgment, the Press performs an intellectual gatekeeping function, ensuring that only scholarship of the highest quality receives the imprimatur of Duke University. 

All the publications from DUP formally begin with an evaluation by our faculty board, called the Editorial Advisory Board (EAB). The purpose of Duke University’s EAB is to validate the scholarship published by its press.

All of the journals at DUP are under the editorial direction of their independent editor or editors. It is the editors who make the publication decisions; they ensure the accuracy, completeness, and originality of every published article; they are accountable for all the content published in their journals. DUP supports our journal editors in their efforts to manage their journals ethically and transparently, while adhering to the established editorial principles and practices in their field.


Authors must guarantee that their submitted work contains no matter that can be construed as libelous or as infringing in any way on the copyright of another party.

Errors, Corrections, and Misconduct

In instances where an editor finds that a significant error has been published for which a correction needs to be made, and in all cases where there is reason for concern about such matters as plagiarism, fabrication of research, duplicate publication, or failure to disclose conflicts of interest, the editor will review and resolve the matter in consultation with DUP. In all instances, the Press is committed to preserving the integrity of the scholarly version of record.

The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) provides resources for journal editors, peer reviewers, and authors on the topic of professional publishing standards at