Journal of Engineering Advancements (JEA) is an open access, peer-reviewed, and international journal which is published by SciEn Publishing Group (SciEnPG). We intend to promote open access research and to disseminate knowledge widely through scholarly publishing. JEA’s mission is to publish quality research articles in the field of Engineering through a rigorous peer review process while keeping access immediately free to all. SciEnPG is committed to following the highest standard of publication ethics. Publication malpractice is prohibited in all stages of the publication of a manuscript. Although we are not a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) yet, we follow the codes of conduct as well as the international standards recognized by the COPE. Therefore, it is obligatory for authors, reviewers, and editors to follow the standards of ethical guidelines and confidentiality at all stages of the publication process. A summary of our strategic prospects for editors, reviewers, and authors is given below.
Authorship and Contributorship
During the submission of a manuscript, the corresponding author agrees to the term that all the authors have significantly contributed to the manuscript. Inappropriate addition or subtraction of an author is highly discouraged for publication in the Journal of Engineering Advancements. It is the corresponding author’s responsibility that all the authors have contributed to the manuscript.
Changes to Authorship
The corresponding author is requested to carefully consider the author's contributions and order of authors before submitting a manuscript. Authorship cannot be changed once a paper is accepted. The corresponding author may request the Editor-in-Chief to add/subtract or change the order of authors before the acceptance of a manuscript and in that case, a written statement from all the authors must be submitted.
Post-Publication Discussions and Corrections
The Journal does not have any option on the website for post-publication discussion however it is encouraged that any comments on published papers should be directly emailed to the editorial office ([email protected]). Any minor corrections raised by anyone are properly reviewed and a new version of the article will be published if required.
Allegations of Research Misconduct
The Journal of Engineering Advancements takes research misconduct (e.g. plagiarism, data fabrication, citation manipulation, etc.) seriously. Although all the papers are screened for plagiarism checking before publication. However, if potential misconduct occurs, the concerned person should email directly the Editor-in-Chief ([email protected]) expressing their concern. The Editor-in-Chief will investigate the allegation(s) with the help of the relevant editor and corresponding author of the specific paper. The Editor-in-Chief will take a decision based on the degree of misconduct. If a minor issue is found that does not significantly affect the results or findings of the paper, a correction will be published stating the reason and will link to the original paper. If a major misconduct is found which may significantly affect the results and findings of the paper or it is proved that the authors have manipulated or fabricated the data, that paper will be retracted. The Editor-in-Chief will email the outcome of the investigation to the person who raised the concern of potential misconduct and the corresponding author.
There should be no change in the published articles. However, the articles may be subjected to retraction due to plagiarism, redundant publication, or flawed/fabricated data to uphold the reliability of scientific knowledge. The Editor-in-Chief will initiate the retraction process at the request of the author(s) or any concerned person. A retraction notice will be published including the details of the paper, the reason for the retraction, and who is retracting the article. The notice will be published online and linked to the original online article. It will also be published in the upcoming print issue.
The published articles will not necessarily be changed or removed from the databases. However, if the published article contains a significant error that makes the outcome of the paper questionable, then a correction will be published online and linked to the original online article. The correction will also be published in the print version of the upcoming issue. Minor errors including typos, formatting, font, etc. will not be corrected.
Conflicts of Interest
On behalf of all the authors, the corresponding author should declare any conflict of interest. The existence of any conflict of interest does not mean the rejection of the article. However, special care will be taken to handle those manuscripts so that the publication process is not influenced. The declared conflict of interest will be included in the published version of the manuscript if accepted. If no conflict of interest is present, the author should check the “There is no conflict of interest” box during submission.
Reviewers are informed to declare any potential conflicts of interest in the review report although the manuscript is blinded before sending it to reviewers.
Editors can also submit articles to the journal for publication, however, they are not involved in assessing their articles. The journal management system automatically restricts the editor to assess the manuscript. When an editor submits a manuscript, the editor is treated as an author and the same rules regarding the author’s conflict of interest apply. The editors are instructed to withdraw themselves as the editor for a particular manuscript when they find a potential conflict of interest with that manuscript.
Complaints and Appeals
Any complaints raised against any author or anyone from the editorial board or publisher should be emailed to the Editor-in-Chief and will be handled with utmost care. The complaint will be discussed in a meeting comprising editorial board members and the publisher’s representative. The necessary actions will be taken based on the decision from the meeting and the outcome of the complaints will be notified to the complainant.
Authors have the right to appeal a decision on the outcome of their submission by sending an email to the Editor-in-Chief including the reasons why they believe the decision was unfair within 10 days of the decision. The Editor-in-Chief will investigate the appeal and communicate with the relevant editors or reviewers if necessary. He may assign a new editor/reviewer to re-evaluate the manuscript and make the decision. At this stage, the decision of the Editor-in-Chief will be final.
Data Sharing and Reproducibility
All authors are requested to strictly follow the specific standards (ASTM, ISO, BS, etc.) during their experiments so that the data can be reproduced. Authors should retain their raw data at least 5 years after the publication of their manuscript and be willing to share the data for editorial review.