Whole Brain Emulation
Statement of Policy
Material presented as an "article" has undergone review by at least two qualified members of the science/philosophy community. Reviewers' comments were presented anonymously to the article author(s), and considered by the editor when making an acceptance decision (see Material Acceptance below). The author is given the opportunity (and sometimes, at the editor's discretion, the requirement) to amend the article in light of these comments prior to publication. After publication, the reviewers may choose to make public comments as any other reader (see Public Comments, below).
Articles undergo peer review, and reviewer's comments are considered carefully by the editor; however, the final decision to accept or reject an article lies solely with the editor. (Note, however, that for articles written by the editor, another member of the community will be asked to serve as editor, and that acting-editor's decision is final.) For material other than articles, no peer review is necessary, and the decision to publish or not again lies solely with the editor. The editor may ask an author to make certain revisions prior to publication.
A chief advantage of print publications over the web is their stability; one can quote an article, and expect with certainty that the reference and its content will be unchanged years later. This online journal seeks the same stability, but also seeks the flexibility and power of forward links. Therefore: once an article has been published, its content (text and figures) will remain unchanged. However, changes in formatting will be allowed at the editor's discretion (e.g., to take advantage of new media formats). Moreover, hypertext links may be added to the article which connet to public comments, or to corrections and amendments made by the original author(s) or the editor. These will be clearly distinguished from the original text by use of formatting, including text color, graphic, and position.
In case of changes to the journal itself, such as change in policy or editorial board, the previous document will remain available, clearly dated for posterity's sake.
Readers may comment on the regular material (articles, news, editorials, and comments) via the web or by email. These will be edited for clarity, and posted on the same web site, linked from the most appropriate place in the material to which it refers. In rare cases, the editor may decide that some comments are inappropriate for public publication. This decision rests solely with the editor (or acting editor for the article to which the comments refer). Once published, comments become the property of the journal and are treated as such; the content remains stable (see above), and readers may publish further comments in response.
This document is a draft -- not yet in effect.
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