Editorial Policy

Philosophy of the Word Hoard

For information on the Word Hoard's unique dialogic approach, please see our About page. For information on our blind peer review process, please see our Submission Guidelines.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original scholarly work, creative work, or book review to be considered for publication in the Word Hoard, provided the submitter owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the work. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (though an exception to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

Formatting Requirements

The Word Hoard has no general rules about the formatting of creative works, nor about the formatting of scholarly works or book reviews upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of final, accepted scholarly and review submissions. Please see our Submission Guidelines for details.

Rights for Authors and Scholarship@Western

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

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Scholarship@Western provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

General Terms and Conditions of Website Use

Users of the Scholarship@Western website and/or software agree not to misuse the Scholarship@Western service or software in any way.

The failure of Scholarship@Western to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or 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 Scholarship@Western and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.