Third Stone Policies

Who Can Submit to Third Stone?

Anyone may submit original scholarship, works of art, music, digital content, or creative works to be considered for publication in Third Stone provided that he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article/media. 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).

General Submission Rules

Submitted articles/media cannot have been previously published nor be forthcoming in an archival book or journal (print or electronic). Please note: “publication” in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Third Stone, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Third Stone. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Third Stone, please contact the editors at 3rdstonejournal@gmail.com.


Peer-Review Policy

Peer review of papers published in Third Stone is undertaken through processes administered by the publisher and editors. Our publishing agreements require peer review to be undertaken in accordance with the principles outlined below: “All papers published in this volume of Third Stone have been gone through a double-blind peer review process, administered by the editors. Reviews were conducted by expert referees to the professional and scientific standards expected of a research journal. All article reviews are requested to adhere to the following minimum standards: 

  1. the author(s) must provide three possible peer reviewers for their article, recognizing that Third Stone may or may not use the suggested scholars; 
  2. unbiased consideration is given to all manuscripts/media offered for publication in the journal regardless of race, gender, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors; 
  3. articles should meet all the usual standards of quality for a research publication; 
  4. and the referees should provide a clear statement of recommendation for each piece and supply comments to support their recommendation suitable for transmission to the author.

Formatting Requirements

Third Stone has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission for review. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide some limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a Microsoft Word or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file. 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.

Rights for Authors and RIT Scholar Works

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to RIT Scholar Works 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 piece or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of RIT Scholar Works, requires credit to RIT Scholar Works as copyright holder (e.g., RIT Scholar Works © 2019).


Terms & Conditions of Use

Users of the RIT Scholar Works website and/or software must agree not to misuse the RIT Scholar Works service or software in any way.

The failure of RIT Scholar Works to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or in 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 RIT Scholar Works and the author(s) regarding submission of material for publication.

Copyright and Open Access

Authors publishing in Third Stone agree to the following terms:

  1. Publication rights to works is granted to Third Stone; however, full copyright for works published in this journal is retained by the author(s). The author(s) may post their works online in an institutional repository, their University departmental website, or their own personal websites.
  2. Pre-print versions posted online should be updated with the final published version in Journal of Applied Packaging Research as soon as it becomes available. Citations should reference the Third Stone Journal.
  3. All works published in the Third Stone Journal will be distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial License (CC-BY-NC). The terms of CC-BY-NC state that authors retain full ownership of the copyright for their work, but lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they do not have to license their derivative works on the same terms.
  4. Third Stone will be archived in Rochester Institute of Technology’s institutional repository, RIT Scholar Works. Authors are also permitted to archive their individual work(s) in their respective institution’s open access repositories.

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