Frequently Asked Questions
- Does CPP/AdeP require exclusive rights to my paper?
Yes. CPP/AdeP will only consider papers that
are not previously published, not currently under consideration
elsewhere, and do not have excessive overlap with other published or
submitted material. After a paper has been published in CPP/AdeP, the
Journal will normally allow subsequent reproduction in edited volumes,
substantial reproduction in review articles, and other reasonable use
of the material.
- What about "publication" of a working paper on the Internet? Does this conflict with CPP/AdeP submission?
A working paper that is available to be read or
downloaded through the Internet may also be submitted to
CPP/AdeP. However, you should submit a paper to CPP/AdeP only if you
are willing to remove the final version of your paper from Internet
availability if it is accepted for publication. In particular, the
Journal will not provide locked pdf files of accepted papers to
authors to post on their Web site, to distribute to others, or for any
other purpose. CPP/AdeP views Internet availability of an accepted or
published paper as a violation of its copyright. CPP/AdeP asks for the
cooperation of authors in this protection of copyright. Previous
versions of the paper may be left on the Internet.
- Does the CPP/AdeP have an "appeals" policy for rejected papers?
The Journal is very reluctant to consider
appeals of rejected papers. All journals inevitably make both Type I
errors (rejecting good papers) and Type II errors (accepting flawed
papers). Fortunately, there is an easy remedy for Type I errors: you
can submit your paper to another journal. Alternative publication
outlets are usually numerous enough that rejection at any one journal
does not impose undue hardship on the author, provided the paper is
handled with reasonable speed.
CPP/AdeP is aware that by focusing on issues of
policy relevant to Canada, in some cases there may not be many
alternative outlets of comparable quality. As such, we are very
careful in our evaluation of all papers submitted to the
Journal. Ultimately, however, we simply do not have enough editorial
time to engage in an appeal process. If there is an obvious and
crucial misunderstanding on the part of the referee, there might be
some value in pointing this out to the editor or associate editor
handling your paper. Otherwise, your best bet is almost always to
submit the paper elsewhere.
It is important for authors to understand that
Journal pages and referees are a scarce resource. There are times when
the editor and/or the associate editors will make a decision not to
review a paper with no obvious flaws or shortcomings because of what
we consider to be a relatively narrow focus for a general interest
policy journal such as CPP/AdeP, lack of analytical content (i.e.,
more description than analysis), or a superficial discussion of policy
implications. While decisions such as these are obviously subjective,
and we are under no illusion that authors will agree with them, they
are sometimes necessary.
- What is CPP/AdeP's policy toward data availability and confidentiality?
Ideally, papers published in CPP/AdeP should be
based on data that can be made available to readers. Making data used
in published papers available will not always be possible. At a
minimum, however, CPP/AdeP will require a detailed description of
exactly how the dataset was constructed, how outliers were rejected,
etc. The objective is that a reader could, in principle, replicate
exactly what was done in the paper.
Sometimes, papers make use of confidential data. This
is a particular problem with some Statistics Canada data. In fact,
Canadian researchers not infrequently get Statistics Canada to run
regressions for them, but never themselves have access to the
data. The Journal does not rule out papers based on confidential
data. However, confidentiality definitely reduces the academic value
of a paper. Conversely, for some papers, an important source of value
might be simply generating and making available an interesting data
In summary, the Journal will exhibit a preference for
papers that are based on data that can be made available if
requested. However, papers using confidential data are not ruled out,
but the data description must be very clear in such cases so that a
person who had access to the data could replicate the
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