Ethical publishing guidelines

As a double-blind peer-reviewed publication, Weave is committed to ensuring ethical conduct in the publication of all its content. Our Ethical Guidelines are based on the Committee on Publication Ethics’s (COPE) guidelines, and set out expectations for authors, reviewers, and editors.

Authors agree:

  • To conduct research in an ethical and responsible manner and comply with all relevant laws.
  • To present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification, or inappropriate data manipulation.
  • To describe their methods clearly and unambiguously so that their findings can be confirmed by others.
  • That submitted work is original, is not plagiarised, and has not been published elsewhere.
  • To disclose relevant conflicts of interest.
  • That authorship accurately reflects individuals’ contributions to the work and its reporting.
  • To notify and cooperate with Weave's editors if a significant error or inaccuracy is discovered.
  • To consult with the editors if anything about their duties is unclear.

Reviewers agree:

  • To treat manuscripts for review as confidential documents.
  • To be objective, and formulate reviews clearly with supporting arguments.
  • To decline an assignment if they feel unqualified to review it or cannot meet the deadline.
  • To accept or decline assignments within one week and submit reviews within three weeks of accepting a manuscript assignment.
  • To disclose any potential conflicts of interest in performing the review.
  • To identify relevant published work that has not been cited, or instances where proper attribution was not provided.
  • To notify the editors promptly if at any point they realize the double-blind peer-review process has been compromised.
  • To consult with the editors if anything about their duties is unclear.

Editors agree:

  • To be accountable for everything we publish.
  • To make fair and unbiased decisions and ensure a fair and appropriate peer review process.
  • To adopt editorial policies that encourage maximum transparency and complete, honest reporting.
  • To guard the integrity of Weave’s published record by investigating any suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct and issuing corrections and retractions as needed.
  • To investigate any reviewer and editorial misconduct and, as necessary, remediate it.
  • To critically assess the ethical conduct of research studies.
  • To communicate clearly what is expected of peer reviewers and authors.
  • To disclose any personal, professional, or commercial conflicts of interest and, when they arise, to recuse oneself from decisions involving the related article under review for publication.

Unless otherwise noted, all content in Weave is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY) in order to allow for the greatest possible dissemination of our authors’ work. If this license would prevent you from publishing in Weave, then please contact us at: helloweaveux@umich.edu.


Our authors always retain copyright to their work, and we never charge our authors to publish in Weave.