Additional Information for Authors


The following author information reflects NCMR’s (1) ethical codes that are consistent with the ethical codes of the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE), of the American Psychological Association (APA), and of the Library Publishing Coalition and (2) goals to maintain and advance its rigor, and to become a leading OA-OS journal.

Free and open access of your research:

Once your article is accepted and available online (maybe call it “Newly Accepted Articles,” which is equivalent to Wiley’s “Early View”) with its digital object index (DOI), you may disseminate your article freely to the public with the web address of the article at NCMR. The article’s volume, issue, and page numbers will be assigned once it is arranged in an actual issue. See the Copyright section for more details.

Availability of research materials:

This is not required but recommended. A statement of data availability is required in the cover letter. Note where the data will be stored and available for access. The benefits of data availability include increased citations for the published article, the promotion of cross-examination, and ultimately, the excellence and advancement of research.

  1. Authors are also strongly encouraged to make available any related materials available, such as data, stimulus materials, experimental procedures, data source for content analysis, survey questionnaires, interview and focus group transcripts and original recordings, fieldnotes, coding keys, instructions, etc.
  2. If it is not possible to make any related research materials available, the authors should clearly state why these materials are not available.

Best paper award:

Each year NCMR selects one best paper that was published in the journal in the previous calendar year (from previous June to current May). The award ceremony is held at the annual conference of the International Association of Conflict Management typically in early July. The best paper is evaluated comprehensively based on its quality and its support of OS practice (e.g., data availability).

Null results and bewildering findings:

Our editorial team encourages honest and high-quality research despite the study findings. Although confirmation bias—more positive evaluations of studies with significant findings—cannot be eradicated across scientific research fields, we explicitly ask our reviewers to evaluate the quality of the research, regardless of the significance of the findings. Therefore, your manuscript will not be negatively evaluated because of the significance of the findings. While we encourage you to highlight the quality of your research, we also expect you to discuss the limitations of your research, especially any threats to internal validity, forthrightly.

Change of authorship:

Follow the APA 7th edition guideline for the authorship. Briefly, the list and the order of the authors should not be changed after the manuscript is submitted. In rare cases, if the authors request for any alteration of the authorship, the request should be made before acceptance of the manuscript and with the Editor-in-Chief's (EIC) approval. In such cases, the corresponding author should email the EIC the rationale for such a change and include a written confirmation from all authors that indicates their approval of this change. If an author is added or removed, the confirmation from this author should also be included in the email.

Self-references and author anonymity:

Because NCMR employs a double-blind review process, anonymity must be strictly followed. Any writing that may reveal the authors’ or their institutions’ identities should be avoided or redacted. Also avoid citing one’s own lab, unpublished works, or other identifiable materials. If such citation is necessary, the author(s) must redact their or their institutions’ identities from both text and references. The identifiable information can be added back after the manuscript is accepted. However, the author must follow COPE and the IRB codes in such identification.

Copyrighted Materials in the Submitted Manuscript:

If any copyrighted material is used in the submitted manuscript, the authors bear the responsibility to obtain relevant permission to use this material.

Funding Body Agreement:

Many funding agencies have the mission and requirement to make publications resulting from their funded research freely available to the public. Such public access policies vary by individual funder. Authors need to consult and comply with those policies (cf. COPE).

Data sharing and citations:

NCMR strongly supports and encourages but does not require data sharing. Shared datasets will be stored at the Open Science Framework (OSF) with Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs). They will be formally cited in the reference lists.

Supplemental materials:

Supplemental materials refer to any information that can enrich readers’ experience and understanding of the content of the article. Examples include audio-visual materials, artwork, lengthy computer code, details of mathematical models, detailed intervention protocols, expanded methodology descriptions, data files, oversized tables, colored figures, interactive data visualizations, etc. A footnote or a brief description of the supplemental materials should be included in the text of the manuscript.

Unconventional submissions:

For any unconventional but creative submissions, please contact the Editor-in-Chief first.

Make your articles more discoverable:

  1. Write a magical Abstract and select discoverable key words.
  2. Register for your unique ORCID identifier; all your publications will be unified under your ORCID.
  3. Link your article to your websites at various platforms such as those of your institution, ResearchGate, Google Scholar Citations, Academia.edu, etc.

Highlights for accepted articles:

For accepted papers, write up a separate brief statement to highlight separately each of your most important research findings or any unique aspects of your research.  Each highlight statement should be no longer than 90 characters. We will use them to promote your article on various platforms (e.g., twitter, Facebook, etc.). You are welcome to use them on your own promotional platforms as well.

Preregistration of research:

Preregistration refers to the submission of a research proposal with research ideas, hypotheses, a plan of data collection and analysis, etc. Preregistration has shown to be related with high quality research execution (Herman et al., 2020). NCMR does not review preregistered papers if they are not in the form of a complete research study currently. However, any interested author may email the Editor-in-Chief to discuss the options. Visit Open Science Framework (OSF) for preregistrations.