Defined ethical standards in the journal Applied Engineering Letters are intended to publish original scientific papers, with the aim of not violating any rights (author’s, publishing, scientific, state, human, etc.). The journal Applied Engineering Letters publication ethics encourages integrity in research and peer review process and prohibit any malpractices regarding publication. For all broader interpretations of ethical rights than those listed below, Editorial Board of the journal Applied Engineering Letters will apply internationally accepted ethical principles in the area of Publishing Ethics Publishing COPE – Code of conduct and best practice guidelines for journal editors.
In scientific publishing, plagiarism arises when the author uses the scientific material of another author, without permission, credit, or acknowledgment. Plagiarism, where someone assumes another’s ideas, words, or other creative expression is a clear violation of scientific ethics. Plagiarism may also involve a violation of copyright law. Plagiarism takes different forms, from literal copying to paraphrasing the another work.
In the journal Applied Engineering Letters may be published and manuscripts with a scientific conference, but only in the form of expanded research. At the end of these manuscripts, the basic information about a scientific conference is specified where a short version of scientific paper was published.
Plagiarism includes the following:
- Word for word, or almost word for word copying, or purposely paraphrasing portions of another author’s work without clearly indicating the source or marking the copied fragment (for example, using quotation marks);
- Copying equations, figures or tables from someone else’s paper without properly citing the source and / or without permission from the original author or copyright holder.
The procedure for publishing papers before publication requires that every manuscript be checked on plagiarism. All manuscripts are checked for plagiarism by using specialized software iThenticate. Any manuscript that has indications of plagiarism, will be automatically rejected in accordance with Retraction policy of journal Applied Engineering Letters.
The manuscripts that are published in identical form in other places, they will not be able to publish in the journal Applied Engineering Letters. In case the manuscripts satisfies the software’s control on plagiarism, and subsequently it turns out that it is before publication in the journal Applied Engineering Letters has already been published in another journal, it will be retracted in accordance with Retraction policy of journal Applied Engineering Letters.
Submitted manuscripts that are found to include citations whose primary purpose is to increase the number of citations to a given author’s work, or to articles published in a particular journal, will incur citation manipulation sanctions.
Data Fabrication and Falsification
Submitted manuscripts that are found to be expressed substances in them (originality of the method, research results, conclusions, tables, figures, etc.) arbitrarily listed or falsified, will be treated as a falsification. In accordance with the Retraction Policy of the Applied Engineering Letters Editorial Board, these manuscripts will be discarded.
Improper Author Contribution or Attribution
All listed authors must have made a significant scientific contribution to the research in the manuscript and approved all its claims. It is important to list everyone who made a significant scientific contribution, including students and laboratory technicians.
Redundant publications involve the inappropriate division of study outcomes into several articles.
The aim of Retraction policy journal Applied Engineering Letters is to regulate the legal obligations of the publisher, or the protection of the copyright holder and author. The main purpose of retractions is to correct the literature and ensure its integrity rather than to punish authors who misbehave. Retraction policy of the Editorial Board is based on the fact that minor errors in the manuscript submission can be substantially corrected and after the publication, while due to heavy abuse manuscripts can be discarded.
Тhе essence of Retraction policy of journal Applied Engineering Letters Publications is to retract manuscripts as soon as possible after the Editor-in-Chief is convinced that the publication is seriously flawed and misleading (or is redundant or plagiarised). To aim is to minimize the number of researchers who cite the erroneous work, act on its findings or draw incorrect conclusions, such as from ‘double counting’ redundant publications in meta-analyses or similar instances.
In the notices of retraction there are specified the reasons and basis for the retraction, to distinguish cases of misconduct from those of honest error. Corrections will be published in all versions of the journal (i.e. print and/or electronic). The authors and title of the retracted article will be specified in the retraction heading. Retracted articles will not be removed from printed copies of the journal (e.g. in libraries) neither from electronic archives but their retracted status will be clearly indicated.
Retracted articles should be clearly identified in all electronic sources (e.g. on the journal website and any bibliographic databases). By opening this article, diagonally on each page of the article will be write that the article is withdrawn. For printed editions, the releases distributed to libraries will not be withdrawn, but in the foreword to the first next issue of the journal, the Editor-in-Chief will provide basic information about the withdrawn work (title, authors, DOI number, etc.), as well as the reasons why it is withdrawn.
In the case of a gross violation of ethical standards relating to authors, the Editorial Board of the journal shall withdraw the publication, in accordance with the recommendations of the Board of Publishing Ethics COPE – Retraction guidelines.
In order to apply the highest standards in ethical publishing, Applied Engineering Letters advises reviewers to base their work on the recommendations of the Committee for Publishing Ethics COPE – COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers.
In case of non-compliance with the prescribed policy of the journal Applied Engineering Letters Editorial Board predicted the following sanctions:
- Refusal publishing manuscripts,
- Prohibition of publication of works for 2 years for authors who have been grossly violated on the ethics of publication,
- Prohibiting authors to participate in the work of the journal (reviewers, editorial board, etc.) for 2 years.
Editorial Board of the journal Applied Engineering Letters Applied Engineering Letters may apply additional sanctions for severe ethical violations.