A combination of pre-screening and open access is the best possible defence against plagiarism. All journal articles and book manuscripts submitted to Penn State University Press journals are automatically screened for plagiarism by the Similarity Check system from Crossref. This system compares incoming submissions to a large database of academic content, and alerts editors to any possible issues.
Penn State University Press ensures that all research output, in both journals and books, is thoroughly peer reviewed by external reviewers, and offer the option of open peer review if required. Publications of a commentary or opinion nature may not be sent for external peer review but will include extensive editorial review and revisions. All of our journals adhere to the COPE guidelines for best practice. For more information, visit our peer review policy page.
All Penn State University Press content is indexed with CrossRef and assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). This means that all of our references are made available so that citations can be tracked by the publishing community, and the content is added to the Cross-Check anti-plagiarism database.
As members of CLOCKSS (Controlled Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) our content is regularly archived with many of the world's leading research libraries. The CLOCKSS archive ensures that Penn State University Press content will always be made available as open access, in any eventuality.
Penn State University Press is a member of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), the largest international trade association for scholarly and professional publishers that provides access to professional training materials and events.
We are also members of NASIG (formerly, the North American Serials Interest Group, Inc.), an independent professional association of librarians and academic publishing professionals working to advance and transform the management of information resources in all formats and business models with an emphasis on scholarly communications, serials and electronic resources.