Articles: A written work published in a print or electronic medium. It may be for the purpose of propagating the news, research results, academic analysis or debate.
Author: Broadly defined as “the person who originated or gave existence to anything” and whose authorship determines responsibility for what was created. Narrowly defined, an author is the originator of any written work and can also be described as a writer
Distribution: The posting of articles on Stock Shop Daily News. Making these articles available for public consumption, by individuals and groups.
Editor: A member of the Stock Shop Team who is in charge of and determines the final content of Stock Shop Daily News.
Editorial Board: The Stock Shop Daily News Editorial Board consists of the Editors and other members of the Stock Shop Team. An external impartial person can be called in to serve on this board. The role of the Editorial Board is to determine the editorial direction of Stock Shop Daily News. However, the board can preside over all editorial matters
Journalist: A person who collects, writes, or distributes news or other current information.
Reviewers: This will be made up of member of the Stock Shop Team. They will assess the quality of the articles and the integrity of the authors and journalists.
Stock Shop: Stock Shop is the company Stock Shop Portal Pty Ltd. This is the parent company to which Stock Shop Daily News belongs.
Stock Shop Daily News: This is the online news platform that will be focused on Investment and Personal Finance.
Stock Shop Team: This team is made up of the employees and employers of the Stock Shop.
Stock Shop Editorial Policy
Focus and Scope
The core focus of Stock Shop Daily News (SSDN) is to be an online financial news website targeted at women; millennials; beginner investors and more experienced beginners. SSDN hopes to create a platform where financial current events are explained to the general public so as to stimulate broader interest in the world of investing and finance.
In order to succeed in this aim, the Editorial Board of SSDN endorse the following values:
• Editorial independence: SSDN is not a mouthpiece of any pressure or interest group and is financially independent. All running expenses are covered by page fees, subscription fees and advertising.
• Practical/innovative: SSDN not only favours articles that add practical value to financial knowledge, but that also introduce new methodology to understanding investments and personal finance at the same time.
• Educative/developmental: SSDN endeavours to continuously inform the general public with regard to newer concepts, knowledge and methodologies in order to deepen and broaden knowledge areas investing and personal finance.
SSDN distributes articles on a daily basis throughout the week i.e. as soon as they are ready for publication. In this way, SSDN aims to speed up the process of article publication, from submission to availability on the website.
Open Access Policy
SSDN provides immediate open access to its content, making investment news, knowledge and education freely available to the public. SSDN supports a greater global exchange of education, news and knowledge.
The Stock Shop team will keep an archive of all articles posted on Stock Shop Daily News. These articles will be available upon request. The Stock Shop team can refuse access to the archives if they feel that the works therein will be misused.
The Stock Shop team realised that there were no online financial news resources that catered for the new emerging demographic. The Stock Shop team also realised that a resource like SSDN is essential to help people become financially literate.
The following contextual variables contributed to the creation of SSDN:
• That there was no other online financial news website in South Africa at the time that was focused on educating the financially illiterate while supplying news.
• That there was a pressing need for an easy-to-read financial news website.
• That there was also a need at different academic institutions for a relevant financial news website in which post graduate commerce students could have their articles distributed.
• That there was pressure mounting to establish and develop an all-inclusive and integrated Stock Shop eco system.
• An online financial news website of this nature would also contribute to the development of the world of finance in South Africa.
Against this background, Annabel Dallamore and her team at Stock Shop started with the initiative to establish SSDN. A few prominent figures from the financial industry and esteemed local colleagues were approached to write articles for SSDN. At the very least, one article a day will be posted on SSDN.
Guidelines to authors
• SSDN acts as a publication channel for investment, personal finance or related news and articles.
• SSDN has a set of guidelines to authors/ journalists that should be followed carefully before submitting an article for publication.
• The guidelines distinguish between three broad types of articles, namely current news, interviews and educational articles.
• Educational and current event articles should be based on sound data that is not fabricated and results may not be falsified or reported in a biased manner.
Submission of Articles
• Journalists/ Authors are only permitted to submit articles for publication that have not been submitted for publication elsewhere or that have not already been distributed on another financial news website.
• Journalists/ Authors are permitted to submit articles that have been presented at conferences or that were included in conference proceedings. In the latter case these articles should be substantially re-worked and extended to suit SSDN.
• Journalists/ Authors are only permitted to submit the same article to another financial news website after they have received a written indication of the outcome of the review process from the Editor of the other financial news publication and the Editor of SSDN.
• In cases of multiple authorships a corresponding author should be appointed. When submitting an article, proof of approval for submission by all authors should be attached.
• If a student wishes to write for SSND using material derived from the student’s research, dissertation or thesis, an approval letter from their supervisor should be attached.
• Journalists/ Authors are permitted a request withdrawal of their articles SSDN if they discover serious errors or flaws in their articles.
• If journalists/ authors detect significant errors in their articles, the onus rests on them to take corrective actions in the form of a correction, errata, or a request for a retraction in whole.
Review of Articles
• All articles submitted for publication will undergo a review process.
• Reviewers respect the confidentiality of the review process and the proprietary rights of those who have submitted articles.
• Reviewers must decline a request to review other’s articles if they are aware of a conflict of interest, or they should disclose the nature of the conflict of interest to the Editor.
• Reviewers may decline the request to review the work of others if they believe the process may be biased or if they have questions about the authenticity or integrity of the reporter, journalist or author.
• When submitting an article to be posted, the authors must have signed a copy of this policy to prove that they have read and understood it.
• The Editorial Board may act in the following ways if any of the provisions listed under ‘plagiarism’ or ‘authorship credit’ are violated:
o The posting of an Editor’s Note to withdraw or retract a distributed article as well as the reason for doing so.
o Banning the authors from writing for SSDN for a period of time, depending on the nature and the extent of the transgression.
o Notifying the professional body or the employing organisation the person is affiliated to.
• Journalists/ Authors explicitly identify, credit, or reference the author(s) of data or material taken verbatim from another person’s work, regardless of the origin or the format of dissemination of the work.
• Journalists/ Authors explicitly cite other authors’ work or ideas, including their own, even if the work or the ideas are not quoted verbatim or paraphrased, regardless of the origin or the format of dissemination of the work.
• Journalists/ Authors only take responsibility and credit, including authorship credit, for work they have actually undertaken or to which they have contributed.
Obtaining permission to use already posted material from Stock Shop Daily News
• A form to request permission to use distributed articles from SSDN can be requested from the Editor via firstname.lastname@example.org.