Publication Ethics

Computers, Materials & Continua

ISSN: 1546-2218 (Print)

ISSN: 1546-2226 (Online)


Publication Ethics and Professional Standards

Publication Ethics

Tech Science Press (TSP) is dedicated to ensuring the quality of each paper that it publishes. In the interest of maintaining the highest standards in academic publishing, we suggest that authors, editors, reviewers, and editorial staff abide by the Core-Practices and its guidelines established by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Researchers may contact this journal at cmc@techscience.com regarding any ethical concerns. The potential conflicts of interest for all authors must be disclosed in their papers at the time of submission. It is assumed that authors are presenting their research findings accurately and discussing the significance of their work objectively.

The data and methods used in the research must be presented in sufficient detail in the paper so that other researchers would be able to replicate the work. Authors should make the raw data available in a public repository prior to the submission of their manuscripts; at the very least, the data should be accessible to the journal’s referees and editors upon request. In addition, authors are expected to take appropriate measures so that their raw data are retained in full for a reasonable period of time after publication. 

TSP does not consider for publication manuscripts that have been submitted to more than one journal at the same time or that do not present novel results. Thus, for example, an English translation of a paper that has already been published in another language would not be considered. Further, manuscripts should not present as original any information that has already been published. Accordingly, previously published figures or images may be included only after the necessary permission has been obtained from the copyright holders for publication under the CC-BY license. Additional information on this topic is available on the 12 Copyright and Licensing session. 

Should authors find errors or inaccuracies in the published versions of their papers, they must promptly make editors of the journal aware of the fact so that the appropriate action can be taken to rectify the situation.  


Plagiarism

Submission of Duplicate Manuscripts 

TSP journals consider for publication only original manuscripts which should not have been published elsewhere in any form or language. Thus, it is assumed that, when a manuscript is submitted, no other manuscript that is substantially similar to it has been or will be submitted to any other journal before a TSP journal has had the opportunity to decide whether to publish it. In other words, it is considered unethical to submit the same manuscript to more than one journal at the same time. Likewise, publications that are duplicative or redundant (i.e., that present in different wording data that have already been published by the same authors) are not accepted. A single study should not be split up into several submissions with same/similar methods and questions and submitted to various journals or to one journal over time (i.e. ‘salami-slicing/publishing’).


Fabrication and Falsification 

The authors of submitted manuscripts or published articles in which the results are found to have been fabricated or falsified, including through the manipulation of images, may be sanctioned, and their published articles may be retracted. 


Plagiarism and Other Forms of Fraud 

It is the responsibility of the authors to ensure the originality of their work. Upon submission, all manuscripts are meticulously evaluated for similarity to previously submitted and published articles. So also figures and images are examined for the presence of duplicative or anomalous data. Authors should retain their unprocessed data and source files after submitting their articles, as the editor may request this material in the process of evaluation for publication, which may be suspended until or unless the authors resolve the issue. TSP may use software to screen for plagiarism. The editor reserves the right to question a manuscript’s originality and integrity and to raise these concerns with the authors’ sponsoring institutions and other relevant bodies.  


Misconduct 

The suspicion that authors or reviewers have engaged in misconduct will result in action either before or after publication. When such suspicions are raised regarding a paper that has already been published—even years after the fact—a preliminary investigation will be carried out, again following the COPE guidelines, in the course of which the party or parties involved will be called upon to explain their conduct. 


Investigations and Sanctions

Suspected breaches of our publication ethics policies, either before and after publication, as well as concerns about research ethics, should be reported to the ethics group of TSP and undergone a thorough investigation. During the investigation process, the authors may be requested to provide the underlying data and images, consult editors, and etc. Depending on the situation, this may result in the Journal’s and/or Publisher’s implementation of the following measures, including, but not limited to: 

  • If the manuscript is still under consideration, it may be rejected and returned to the author.

  • If the article has already been published online, an erratum/correction may be placed with the article or in severe cases, a retraction of the article may occur.

If Tech Science Press becomes aware of breaches of the publication ethics policies, the following sanctions may be applied across the Tech Science Press journals:    

  • Rejection of the manuscript and any other manuscripts submitted by the author(s).

  • Not allowing submission for 1–3 years.

  • Prohibition from acting as an editor or reviewer.