To satisfy US copyright laws, we MUST have a dated release of copyright. Your submission will serve as the dated release of copyright and NO FURTHER ACTION is required.

As corresponding author, the moment you submit your manuscript, you automatically agree to the following contract for all authors.  

“In consideration of PNG Publications taking action in reviewing and editing my(our) submitted manuscript, the author(s) hereby transfer(s), assign(s), or otherwise convey(s) copyright ownership to PNG Publications.  The author(s) declare(s) that the manuscript contains no matter that is, to the best of the author(s) knowledge, libelous or unlawful, or that infringes upon any US copyright.  In the event the manuscript is NOT accepted for publication, copyrights revert to the author(s).”

If additional questions arise, feel free to contact the Journal offices.  

The Copyright Clearance Center has produced an excellent first of its kind Copyright Basics Video to help educate faculty, students, or anyone about the ins and outs of copyright law.

Statistical Procedure Policy

Currently, we are averaging <21 days from receipt to determining status of manuscript. If a manuscript is rejected (which approximately 80% are), we will notify authors immediately of the status and there will be no delay in the review process.  

However, if based on reviewer feedback, the editor determines either a resubmit or acceptance with changes; the manuscript is immediately electronically sent to the statistical committee composed of 3 persons who will offer their opinion of the statistical analyses within 3 days.  It is estimated that the acceptance process will be delayed by no more than 5 days.

The committee will mostly check for soundness of design and statistical methods understanding that analyses differ between statisticians.  At this time in the process, we may accept, request revisions or reject the manuscript.  Few papers will be rejected at this stage.

Though our process is not perfect, it is a quality control measure that will improve the current review process.