Our Policies

Volcanica is committed to establishing a publication system that is both Free to publish and Free to access. A rigorous double-blind peer review system assures impartial assessment of quality scientific research which, thanks to Open Journal Systems, part of the Public Knowledge Project, can be accessed freely, by anyone.  

Moreover, all published material is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License . This means that as the author, you retain the copyright, and are free to share, copy, and redistribute the material in any medium or format, and even adapt the material for any purpose. The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms. Specifically, you must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. Full details are available here

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Full details of our Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement can be found here.



Plagiarism is copying the text, data, images, figure captions, or ideas of another person or group, then passing that text or idea off as your own.

Any such copied material must be clearly identified, separated from the primary text, and duly credited. By this we mean that the original source of the material must be cited. Plagiarism is tantamount to fraud, and detection of plagiarism will result in rejection of a submitted manuscript. In the event that plagiarism is detected after publication, Volcanica reserve the right to retract the article at fault. The above definition of plagiarism applies:

  • irrespective of the of the original source of the copied material or idea
  • irrespective of whether the source from which you have copied said material or idea have themselves copied from another source
  • irrespective of whether the authorship of the original source is known, unknown,  or in question
  • irrespective of whether you are the author of the copied material or idea (i.e. self-plagiarism)
  • irrespective of whether the author of the original source has given you explicit permission to use their material or idea.
Adapted from the following sources:
Liddell, J., 2003. A comprehensive definition of plagiarism. Community & Junior College Libraries, 11(3), pp.43-52.
Cobbett, P., 2016. Plagiarism: What It Is and How To Avoid It. PhD Thesis.
Harvard College Writing Program, What Constitutes Plagiarism? Harvard Guide to Using Sources, Harvard University


Pre-print policy

Volcanica accepts manuscripts that have been hosted elsewhere as a pre-print. Pre-prints are not considered published material, because they have not been (formally) reviewed, nor are they in the final formatting of a published article. A benefit of pre-prints is that comments from the interested community can ultimately result in a better published paper, and can reduce the number of manuscripts that are ultimately rejected due to inherent flaws. As such, we encourage authors to share their pre-print prior to submission. If an article is accepted for publication, we ask that authors link from the pre-print to the final publication via its assigned DOI (digital object identifier) number. Moreover, authors can update their pre-prints with the published version (i.e. in the form of a post-print).  A great pre- and post-print repository is Earth ArXiv.


The cost of a free journal

No publishing venture can claim to be cost-free. However, the aim of Volcanica is that the costs are not transferred to the authors and readers of our content. We do this by keeping costs minimal; indeed, the only unavoidable costs of scholarly publishing are the following:

1) Membership to an organisation which provides digital object identifiers (DOIs) to be assigned to published articles. A DOI is a serial code used to uniquely identify objects (e.g. online articles), meaning that your published work can be accessed at any time. 

2) An online archiving service, which means that data are securely stored and preserved. We use the CLOCKSS system [Controlled LOCKSS (Lots of Copies, Keep Stuff Safe)], a not-for-profit, open-access data repository, which is multiplicated over several geographically disparate dark archives. 

3) Web hosting. The site is hosted by UnitedHosting, a UK registered privately owned and debt-free company. Their independently monitored service is highly reliable, with a proven uptime record of over 99.999%. Moreover, UnitedHosting is a "green" web hoster, committed to minimising their environmental impact and supporting renewable energy initiatives. 

These basic costs are currently funded by an institutional publishing press (Presses universitaires de Strasbourg), based in France.  


Non-English abstracts

In the spirit of open communication, Volcanica encourages the submission of abstracts in languages other than English, which may supplement but not replace the English-language version. A maximum of one additional abstract can be integrated into the formatted PDF. If authors wish to provide more than one additional translation of their abstract, these can appear alongside the article online.