Principles of Transparency Checklist

Below we provide a "Principles of Transparency Checklist" for our journal.

Peer review process
All journal content is clearly marked as whether peer reviewed or not. Final article PDFs contain a description of the peer review process (internal or external) and provenance (commissioned or non commissioned) for that article. Peer review is double blind within our journal. Every original article is peer reviewed by a minimum of two external experts and one member of the editorial board. In all cases the manuscript is also reviewed by at one Editor-in-Chief. Letters to the Editor and Editorials are peer reviewed internally. All journal content is clearly marked as whether peer reviewed or not (internally vs. externally peer reviewed). All articles have a specific provenance and peer review tab (commissioned vs. non commissioned).

Authors may suggest external reviewers that are qualified to peer review the manuscript, provided that they have not collaborated closely in the near past and that they are not from the same institution. Authors may also note peer reviewers who they would not prefer to review this paper. While the authors suggestions are taken into account, the Editorial Office reserves the right to handle double blind peer review at its discretion. Any manuscripts received for review will be treated as confidential documents.

External peer reviewers are requested to report on the ethical aspects of the manuscript they are allocated to review and are requested to report also on the novelty, the impact, the statistical analysis, references and potential conflicts of interest. A specific peer review form is provided with closed and open based questions so as to rate the manuscript and provide comments. The average rejection rate for manuscripts submitted in 2021 is 62%.

Governing Body
Our journal has an editorial board whose members are recognized leading experts in the area of tobacco control at a regional and international level. The full names and affiliations of the journal's editors are provided from the "Editorial Board" page. The editorial board and editor-in-chief is the final governing body of the journal.

Editorial team/contact information
We provide the full names and affiliations of the journal's editors as well as full address and contact information for the editorial office, the publisher and the scientific society responsible for the journal's content, the European Network For Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP).

Author fees
From 2021 onwards an Article Processing Charge is being levied for all articles published in the journal, with the exception of those submitted from ENSP member organisations. Detailed information on the amount of the APC can be found at Instructions to Authors - How to submit page.

Copyright is clearly described on the journal's web site, and licensing terms are indicated on all published PDFs. Authors submitting their work to TPC retain the copyright of their work without restrictions.
The default license for articles published in TPC is the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0), but authors who wish to publish their work under a more strict license are also able to choose the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-ND 4.0).

Process for identification of and dealing with allegations of research misconduct
Both the publishers and the Editors of the journal take affirmative action to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others. All authors are requested to complete and upload ICMJE conflict of interest forms. All manuscripts undergo Ithenticate plagiarism detection after each round of peer review. In the event that the journal's publisher or editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct relating to a published article in their journal - COPE's guidelines will be followed when dealing with allegations.

Ownership and management
The journal is owned, operated and managed by European Publishing under the auspices of the European Network For Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP), a registered non for profit, non governmental organisation registered under European Law. All content is published under the Creative Commons licenses, which means that the authors retain ownership of the content of their manuscript.

Web site
Our journal's web site has been developed with care so as to ensure high ethical and professional standards. Constant updating is performed to enhance website utility, ease navigation and maintain the information available as the most recent.

The Name of journal
The Journal name, Tobacco Prevention and Cessation is unique and can not be confused with any of the other journals in the field. We focus on both prevention and cessation, the two main ways to curb the tobacco epidemic.

Conflicts of interest
We have clear policies on handling potential conflicts of interest of editors, authors, and reviewers - all are requested to either complete ICMJE forms or declare no conflict of interest. The "Authorship & COI" Tab provides further information.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation is freely available to readers with no subscription or pay per view fees. The number of direct downloads and full text views of each article are noted next to the article's abstract, under the "stats" tab.

Revenue sources
During 2015-2020 there were no Article Processing Charges or any related subscriptions or costs. Currently, revenue is obtained through the application of Article Processing Charges, paper reprints and e-reprints.
Manuscripts submitted after January 2021 have an Article Processing Charge of 1500Euro (plus VAT where applicable), once accepted. APCs are levied to cover the cost of providing our quality publishing services. At the time of submission, for complete transparency regarding APCs, authors are mandated to accept the clearly written APCs or state that they have a waiver. Upon acceptance, a pro forma invoice is created, and upon publication, a final invoice is issued. APCs are payable within 30 days of the invoice date. From January 2021, articles that are accepted for publication carry an APC unless one of the below criteria apply:
  • Full Members of the journal’s society, the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP), will be able to publish their articles free of charge
  • All manuscripts from Low-Income Countries are automatically granted a waiver, while manuscripts from Low Middle-Income Countries are evaluated on a case by case basis
  • Editorials and Letters to the Editor do not have any APCs
Tobacco Prevention and Cessation is also supported through an operating grant to ENSP, via the European Commission's 3rd Health programme.
Disclaimer: Neither the European Commission nor any person acting on behalf of the European Commission is responsible for the use which might be made of the information contained herein. The views in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policies of the European Commission.

Our journal does not accept advertisements.

Publishing schedule
The publishing schedule for our journal is continuous, however, manuscripts are grouped into monthly issues.

To ensure digital preservation for the future, our electronic publications are archived with Portico (a third-party preservation service supported by both libraries and publishers, to ensure that scholarly content published in electronic form will remain accessible for the long term) and PMC.

Direct marketing
We do not engage in mass email solicitation of articles. We believe that this "spamming" practice is unethical and unprofessional. To us, the best promotion of a journal is through the maintenance of high standards, quality manuscripts and vigorous double-blind peer review. In cases of very prominent researchers in the area of tobacco control and tobacco product regulation, the journal does send one-to-one personal invitations for commissioned manuscripts or guest editorials. In this event, the manuscript/editorial will be noted as "commissioned" in the footnote of the pdf and in HTML format.

Repository policy
The journal's open access policy is registered under Sherpa Romeo, an online resource that aggregates and presents publisher and journal open access policies from around the world.
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