Voices Questions & Answers

What are the main policies to consider when submitting partnership proposals?

Centro staff will be responsible for technical support, page design, etc.

Each section must have a minimum of two editors who will coordinate the group’s activities. Editors are responsible for all content development and for the review of material submitted by members and other contributors. We expect editors to become regular contributors to the magazine.

All faculty affiliated with a Puerto Rican or Latino studies program, or any Puerto Rican-studies scholar tenured in the United States, can serve as an editor of a section.

A group must have a minimum of five (5) members by the end of the first year of operations. We encourage faculty, students, teachers, professionals, artists, and all community members to volunteer and to participate as members of the groups that oversee sections of the magazine.

Members are responsible for content development and assist editors with the review of material submitted by members and other contributors.

All content must not endorse or advance a particular political party, candidate or view, and is subject to CUNY guidelines and regulations.

Would Voices support sections for Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Departments not affiliated with Hunter College or CUNY?

Voices is open to the field of Puerto Rican Studies as a whole. We specially encourage the sharing of curriculum and course syllabi. Course syllabi could be posted in each section, and the magazine will have a section devoted to Puerto Rican Studies, where the syllabi will be posted as well. Centro intends to attach as many proprietary readings with copyrights (CENTRO Journal, publications, video clips such as those from the film Operation Bootstrap, etc.) to the syllabi. When you add discussion questions, teaching notes and/or study guides to the syllabus, we refer to those as open-courseware (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_course_ware). the material can be changed and updated as many times as the author with rights to change desires (in this case, in addition to the professor, our librarian in charge of making the connections will have access rights to add the links).

What is Centro’s copyright policy for the materials developed by the groups?

Copyrights for any materials remains with the authors, with a copyright permit for Voices as an educational magazine granted to Centro by the authors. Exceptions to this arrangement are work products, that is, any content paid for by Centro and by extension by New York tax payers. In these situations, Centro is devoted to the support of scholarship and any academic product resulting from that work will remain with the authors. In some cases, like when you publish in cento journal, publishing rights are transfer to the journal, but that is your decision if you choose to publish with the journal.

For the inclusion of oral histories and other research-related content, what is Centro’s policy in terms of IRB approval?

Researchers conduct oral histories all the time and are subject to the Internal Review Board regulations of their home institution. As long as you are affiliated to Centro, you have to follow Hunter College and CUNY regulations.

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