Journal Policies


Authors contributing to NoSo agree to publish their articles under a Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0, which gives third parties the right to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format. It also gives third parties the right to remix, transform and build upon the material for any purpose, including commercial, on the condition that clear acknowledgment is given to the author(s) of the work, that a link to the license is provided and that it is made clear if changes have been made to the work. This must be done in a reasonable manner, and must not imply that the licensor endorses the use of the work by third parties. The author(s) retain copyright to the work. Learn more >>


Each author, and any co-authors, must meet the following criteria:

  1. All must have made a significant contribution to the design of the study, the collection of data, or the analysis and interpretation of data;
  1. All must, either by writing or by helping to edit the manuscript, have contributed to the design of its intellectual content to a significant degree;
  1. All must have approved the submitted manuscript.

Each author must also be able to take responsibility for part of the article's content and be able to identify which co-authors are responsible for the remaining parts.


  1. Authors of manuscripts and reviewers of the same manuscript must not be close colleagues, family members, work on the same research project, or otherwise have a close collaboration.
  2. Reviewers should only accept to assess manuscripts that fall within their own subject area.
  3. Reviewers should respond to invitations without delay and submit completed reviews within a reasonable time.
  4. Reviewers' comments must not be influenced by the author's nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender or commercial interests.
  5. Reviewers' comments must not contain hostile or provocative language and must not include personal attacks, slander or other derogatory comments.


The journal's editors allow authors to upload earlier drafts of manuscripts/articles on the condition that authors agree to the following:

  • Authors retain all rights to any previously published version and are permitted to submit their updated manuscript to the journal.
  • Authors accept that the journal's editors cannot guarantee full anonymity in the review process, even if the author anonymizes the manuscript when earlier versions of the manuscript are made available.

If the manuscript is published in the journal, the author is expected to cross-link, with DOI link, the different versions of the manuscript/article.


The journal recommends authors submitting manuscript to register an ”Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier” or ORCiD.

The author’s ORCiD, if there is one, should be included with other personal information when manuscripts are submitted, and it will be published in the article.


Empirical material should be open and available to everyone, regardless if research funders and universities demand  open research data or if data is made open on a voluntary basis. If authors are unwilling to make material public, the question must be addressed to the editorial board in advance of submission of a manuscript.

The journal strongly encourages authors make material available according to the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable).

The material thus made available must be linked to within the submitted manuscript under a special heading. Research data should then be made public when the article is published. Empirical material obtained from other researchers must be referenced in the same way as other scientific sources.

For further questions about guidelines for handling open data and guidelines about how data should be handled and published, please contact your university.


The conditions of publication with persistent identifiers such as DOIs include that the object published is final.

Articles published in the journal cannot therefore be changed without a) an erratum or b) a change notice being published. This is only allowed if a factual error in an article is discovered. This should be reported to the editor-in-chief, who decides on possible actions and possible corrections.


In the case of formal complaints, disputes, or appeals, authors should contact the editor-in-chief, who is responsible for ensuring that a fair, deliberative, and thorough investigation is conducted.


The journal's current and future content, beginning when the journal joined Publicera, is made available via Publicera and stored long-term on a secure and central server at the National Library of Sweden.

The journal's owner and the National Library of Sweden aim for the journal's archive to be transferred and made available via Publicera, and thus the archive will also be stored long-term on a secure and central server at the National Library of Sweden.


The journal follows the ethical guidelines and best practices set forth by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). All cases of ethical misconduct will be dealt with in accordance with COPE's recommendations and guidelines.


There are no fees for publishing in the journal.