Philosophy of Spora: A Journal of Biomathematics

For more information, please see Spora: A Journal of Biomathematics Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Spora: A Journal of Biomathematics provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

The Spora site is hosted by Illinois State University's digital repository ISU ReD. You will be prompted to create an account with ISU ReD before submitting your manuscript.

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Spora: A Journal of Biomathematics, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (print or electronic) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (print or electronic) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Spora: A Journal of Biomathematics. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Spora: A Journal of Biomathematics, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

Spora: A Journal of Biomathematics has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file via the LaTeX template provided by the journal.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Rights for Authors and ISU ReD: Research and eData

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to ISU ReD: Research and eData all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal—use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of ISU ReD: Research and eData, requires credit to ISU ReD: Research and eData as copyright holder (e.g., ISU ReD: Research and eData © 2024).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from ISU ReD: Research and eData provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., back-up servers, storage drives, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the ISU ReD: Research and eData website and/or software agree not to misuse the ISU ReD: Research and eData service or software in any way.

The failure of ISU ReD: Research and eData to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between ISU ReD: Research and eData and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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