Code Sharing Policy
Authors of accepted papers that contain empirical analysis, simulations, numerical computations or experimental work must upon request provide the programs needed for replication to the International Journal of Contemporary Business and Entrepreneurship. Authors are also encouraged to include the data along with the source code if the public posting of the data does not violate copyright or confidentiality agreements. If the authors choose not to provide the data, they must include a pseudo-data set that illustrates the format of the files read by the code so that users can understand and check the functionality of the code.
Authors must notify the Editor-in-Chief at the time of initial submission if they are asking for an exception to this policy. Absent an exception granted by the Editor, accepted papers will be published only after the programs are received by the Journal and code can be made available on the Journal website. Authors are not required to provide assistance and further support to eventual users of the code.
More details of the requirements are described below.
- The authors should provide sufficient details about the software packages, programming languages and data formats to enable users to run the programs. The code should be suitablycommented so that it can be understood by a reasonably adept user.
- Any person downloading any of the file(s) will need to certify that the programs will be used only for academic research. Any other use, including for commercial purposes, is strictlyprohibited except with the explicit permission from all authors of the published article, or, if the code comes from a third-party source, with explicit permission of the cited originators of the code. Academic researchers using the code, or fragments of it, in their own work are required to acknowledge the origin of the code. Such researchers agree that they will not seek out assistance or further support of the authors of the article or cited originators of the code.
- In exceptional cases, the authors can request, at the time of the initial submission, an exemption from this sharing policy. Examples of exceptions are the use of proprietary, licensed algorithms, or when an author develops a novel computational algorithm and he/she wishes delay sharing for some fixed period of time. Whether such an exemption is granted remains at the discretion of the Editor. Moreover, even if an exception is granted, Editors will normally require that nonproprietary routines used for data transformation and auxiliary statistical analysis be posted at the time of publication. If an exemption is granted, it will be noted on the published paper that the authors have been granted an exemption from the code sharing policy.