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Responsibilities
Open Science is committed to conveying to its authors a strong understanding of their rights and responsibilities. All books submitted to Open Science must be the original work of the listed authors and must not have been previously published or currently submitted elsewhere. Authors of plagiarizing works may be banned from publishing with Open Science for a period commensurate with the severity of the offense.

As the author of the submitted work, it is your responsibility to ensure that the manuscript presents a technically as well as grammatically correct copy. A well-prepared manuscript will help to speed up the peer review process as less time will be spent by reviewers annotating technical inefficiencies of the book and more time evaluating the intellectual content.

Authors are required to prepare their manuscripts according to the format given in Guidelines for Authors.

Open Science reserves the right to reject a manuscript otherwise. Manuscripts submitted not in accordance to the book format will be significantly delayed during the production stage.

All manuscripts should be written in good English. This is the responsibility of the authors, not the editors. Papers below the standard for the book will be returned to the authors for rewriting and can be rejected for this reason alone. Such problems may be avoided and publication expedited if the authors use "grammar and spell check" software to correct basic errors, and have their manuscripts edited by an English-speaking colleague or a professional editing service before the initial submission.

Authors are responsible for disclosing potential conflicts of interest (e.g., an author evaluating the efficacy of a commercially available intervention program stands to benefit financially from a favorable pattern of results).
Rights
Authors can expect to be notified that a manuscript has been received. Authors can expect that a decision on their manuscript will be made in a timely manner or they can expect an explanation of receipt as to why a decision has been delayed along with a new target date for a decision.

Authors can inquire about the disposition of a submitted manuscript at any time, but are encouraged to wait at least 8 weeks after the manuscript has been submitted before doing so. Authors can withdraw a paper from editorial consideration at any time.

Authors can rebut a decision to reject a manuscript for publication in writing. Further, it is up to the Editor to decide whether a case has been made and what action to follow (e.g., obtaining an additional review).
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