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Statement of Publication Ethics, Malpractice and Peer Review Policies
International Journal of Modern Manufacturing Technologies (IJMMT) is dedicated to the dissemination of the results of original and review articles within the topics above presented. In order to assure the highest standards, a double blind reviewing policy is applied. The authors, the editors and the reviewers agree to meet the responsibilities stated below in accordance to the IJMMT publication ethics and malpractice statement. The ethical problem in scientific research and publishing is the most important step in starting any work.
Responsibilities for the authors:
- The author(s) must be aware of the originality of the article and that it has not been published or submitted for publication to another journal or conference.
- The author(s) before submission must ensure that the article meets the requirements of the Guidelines for Authors.
- The author(s) have a duty to inform the editor of any conflict of interest.
- The authors are responsible for the content and the validity of experimental results of their articles submitted and should ensure that they have permission from all parties involved to make public the information.
- The editors must decide on the acceptance or rejection of the manuscript by taking into account the originality and importance of the article, considering the journal topics. The first step is to make and analyze the report of plagiarism. Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers by Irene Hames on behalf of COPE Council, March 2013, v.1 (www.publicationethics.org).
- The editors must respect the principle of confidentiality for any information type pertaining to the submitted manuscripts.
- The editors must assign the manuscript to a minimum of two reviewers and if the situation requires a total of 3 to 5 reviewers.
- The editors must verify the comments and recommendations of reviewers and send to the authors in due time.
- The editors are required to return the revised manuscripts to the reviewers, to verify the reviewers' final comments and take the final decision to accept or not the articles.
Peer review and responsibilities for the reviewers:
- The reviewers should inform the editors of any conflict of interest or if the manuscript is not in their field of competence.
- The reviewers must objectively evaluate primarily the manuscripts on their originality and inclusion or not in a journal topics and then if the research scientific level can be accepted or not.
- The reviewers must fit, if possible, in the allocated review period of time and submit relevant comments and recommendations for improving the manuscripts by the authors.
- The reviewers have a duty to re-review the revised manuscripts and send the final comments to the editor.
Publishing ethics issues:
The Editorial Board of the journal promotes the highest ethical publication practices and recommends that the authors comply with the publication ethics standards established by the Commission for Ethics in Publication (COPE). All cases of ethical misconduct will be analyzed with the highest professionalism and treated in accordance with COPE recommendations. Please read the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics, Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers by Irene Hames on behalf of COPE Council, March 2013, v.1 (www.publicationethics.org).
Nowadays the artificial intelligence (AI) different tools in research publications has expanded greatly and this is the reason why, in case of using AI tools, the authors must present during the paper (Materials and methods chapter) the AI tools used. The authors are responsible for the whole content of the manuscript, even those parts done with AI tools. The authors are liable for any breach of publication ethics.
Plagiarism is a serious violation of publishing ethics and copyright by using the results of someone else's work. In the academic environment, and not only, plagiarism can be found in the form of using words, ideas or information from a source, without citing or reformulating them correctly.
Plagiarism can take different forms, from taking over a manuscript in its entirety and publishing it in one's own name, to recycling one's own work or older ideas. Plagiarism can also be found in the form of combining different parts, possibly from different bibliographic sources, in order to create a so-called new manuscript.
In order to avoid forms of plagiarism upon receiving the works, the plagiarism report is first analyzed. If the percentage is higher than the one accepted by the editorial committee, the manuscript is rejected without entering the review process, and if the editorial committee considers that the authors can make a reformulation in order to reduce the percentage, the work is sent back to the authors together with the resulting report running the software. Only the works that have the percentage accepted by the editorial committee will be directed to the review process.
Withdrawal of manuscripts:
The withdrawal of the manuscripts is at the free decision of the authors and will be implemented immediately after receiving the message from the corresponding author. The Journal's Editorial Board is tasked with monitoring publishing ethics, which includes aspects related to plagiarism and fraudulent information, the firm commitment to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when necessary. If the members of the Editorial Board come to the conclusion that a published manuscript contains a serious error or a false statement, they will proceed to correct it immediately. If, however, it is concluded that a manuscript was created fraudulently, it will be immediately withdrawn both from the journal's website and from the databases where the manuscript was indexed.
Statement of conflicting interest
All financial or personal relationships to other individuals or organizations that can improperly affect (bias) a submission's authors' work must be disclosed by the corresponding author on behalf of all authors. Employment, consulting work, stock ownership, honoraria, expert witness fees, patent applications and registrations, grants, and other financial support are a few examples of potential conflicts of interest. All writers, including those without conflicting interest to declare, are expected to give the corresponding author the necessary information (they might say they have nothing to declare).
Declaration and confirmation of the submission
Submission of an article implies that the manuscript being described has never been published before (aside from as an abstract, lecture, or academic thesis), that it is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere, that publication has the approval of all authors as well as any applicable authorities, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or any other language.