Submission Policies


Editors, authors and reviewers are required to keep all details of the editorial and review process on submitted manuscripts confidential.

Regardless of whether a submission is eventually published, correspondence with the journal, referees’ reports and other confidential material must not be published, disclosed or otherwise publicized without prior written consent. 

The Canadian Journal of Autism Equity reserves the right to contact funders, regulatory bodies, journals and the authors’ institutions in cases of suspected research or publishing misconduct. 


Pre-prints are reports of works that have not yet been formally peer-reviewed and published. They provide authors with the ability to make their findings immediately available to the research community, while simultaneously receiving feedback on the article prior to its submission to a journal for formal publication. Preprints foster openness and accessibility and allow for broader collaboration within the research community. For this reason, CJAE will accept the submission of preprints. When submitting, please indicate that the work is a preprint. 


Plagiarism is the unreferenced copying and/or attempt to misattribute original authorship. CJAE follows the McMaster University definition of plagiarism, see here.  Manuscripts that are plagiarized or contain plagiarized portions will not be considered for publication in CJAE. Note ‘text recycling' or the re-use of parts of works from an author’s own previous works, and in the case where substantial portions are re-used (known as duplicate publication) without the proper citation is a form of self-plagiarism. 

CJAE Editorial Board members will assess each case individually. Should plagiarism become evident post-publication, we reserve the right to correct or retract the original publication at the discretion of the CJAE Editorial Board.

CJAE uses CrossRef to screen all manuscripts submitted for publication for evidence of plagiarism. 


It is the responsibility of the author(s) to acquire permission(s)  to reproduce figures and images that have been previously published, or you may not have copyright ownership of. All material must be properly cited and submissions must be accompanied by the written consent of the copyright holder (this may be the publisher rather than the author). This includes the author’s own previously published material should you not be the copyright holder.


All authors submitting work to CJAE must abide by the following embargo policy.

The embargo means that specific information contained in submitted works cannot be placed in the public domain until after the article has been made available on McMaster University Library Press. This does not restrict authors from fulfilling obligations in potential grant applications or academic requirements. An exception is also made for presentations at meetings. Works that have been published on the McMaster University Library Press can be placed in the public domain within 1 year of being made available on the website so long as it includes a reference and link to the CJAE journal. 

CJAE accepts articles that have not been published in any other journals/proceedings, unless copyright permission is assured, and have not been submitted for consideration to any other journals/proceedings at the time of submitting to the Canadian Journal of Autism Equity for consideration. While a paper is under consideration by CJAE, you agree not to submit the work to other journals/proceedings until review by CJAE is completed and a decision has been rendered.


Authors must disclose competing interests during the submission process. Authors submitting their manuscripts using the CJAE McMaster University Library Press’s platform, the journal’s online manuscript tracking system, are required to make their declaration as part of this process and to specify the competing interests in cases where they exist.