Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

This journal publishes articles that make significant new contributions to mathematical science using higher structures, or that significantly advance our understanding of the foundational aspects of the theory of such structures. The scope of the journal includes: higher categories, operads and their generalisations, and applications of these to Algebra, Geometry, Topology, Combinatorics, Logic and Mathematical Physics.


Peer Review Process

Submitted articles will undergo the following process.

1. The handling editor of the article enlists one or more referees to report on the submission. The outcome of this first stage is that the handling editor arrives at a decision as to whether to recommend acceptance, rejection or resubmission of the article.

2. In the event that the handling editor has recommended acceptance, the article is then reviewed and discussed by the whole board -- first just by the Chief Editors, and then in a deliberation period involving the full Editorial Board.


Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Duties of Editors

Articles appearing in the journal have been carefully and critically refereed under the responsibility of members of the Editorial Board. Only articles judged to be both significant and excellent are accepted for publication. Articles are evaluated soley on the basis of their mathematical interest and relevance to the scope of the journal.

Information that has been submitted to Higher Structures will be kept confidential: that is, it will not be disclosed to anyone other than those involved in the evaluation process and in the administration of the journal.

Editors may submit articles to the journal, but if they do so, then all information about the processing of those articles will be hidden from their view, and they will have no part in the decision process. The Chief Editors and Managing Editor are NOT permitted to submit any articles to the journal.

Editors who have a significant conflict of interest connected with an article will declare it to the Chief Editors and will avoid participating in the decision process.

Duties of Reviewers

Reviewers are expected to keep confidential any information regarding articles they are reviewing. The only exception to this is when the article is rejected and the reviewer receives it again to evaluate for another journal. In that case, the information that the article has been rejected by Higher Structures may be shared confidentially with the editorial board of the other journal.

Reviewers asked for quick opinions or detailed reports are expected to be objective. If they have a conflict of interest, or lack the expertise to make a judgment, they should disclose this to the handling editor of the article, and decline to review it. If asked for a quick opinion, a reviewer should endeavour to supply this promptly. The standard time-frame to supply a detailed report is 3 months. If this is felt by a reviewer to be unrealistic, then he/she should agree to an alternative with the handling editor.

Duties of Authors

Authors should submit original work only. The only exception to this is when an author (usually a distinguished member of the Mathematical community) is approached by the journal for an 'Invited Contribution', in which case the article may be a survey. Such invited contributions are clearly indicated as such on the journal web page.

Any results that are not due to the authors should be clearly cited. Any form of plagiarism is unacceptable. No article should be submitted that is already published elsewhere, or is being considered for publication by another journal.

Those named as authors of an article should have made a substantial contribution to it, or to a more general project of which the article is a part. Anybody who has made such a contribution should be offered authorship.

Authors who discover important errors in their articles, whether published or under consideration for publication, should notify the journal promptly. If an author subsequently corrects an error and posts a revised version of the article to the arXiv, the version of record of the article will remain as the previously accepted version. However, a link to the corrected version will be added beneath the abstract of the article on the journal webpage.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. 
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