About Tech Science Press

Overview

As a publisher, Tech Science Press (TSP) disseminates fully peer-reviewed and Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) compliant open access Journals that are published online. Founded in January 1997, with a mission to promote academic publishing, TSP has been striving to hold up the highest possible publishing standards that all our scholars, researchers, academic groups, and institutions, can be proud of and support. TSP currently publishes 24 academic periodicals across different science and engineering fields. In addition to journal publications, TSP also publishes a series of academic books, monographs, and conference proceedings.


All Content is Open Access and Free for Readers

Journals published by TSP are fully open access; research articles, reviews or any other content on this platform are available to everyone free-of-charge. To be able to provide open access journals, we finance publication through article processing charges (APC) (The APC of each journal is given on journal webpages); these are usually covered by the authors' institutes or research funding bodies. Read more about our Open Access Policy.


APC

TSP publishes all its journals full open access. There are not any funding and financial sponsorships. an APC therefore covers the costs of peer review management, copyediting and production services, data conversion, and dissemination of published content, in addition to other publishing functions. There are no charges for declined articles. Some items (Editorials, Corrections, Addendums, Retractions, Comments, etc.) are published free of charge. Please check the Article Process Charge page of each journal for specific APCs.


License

TSP publishes articles under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) License. TSP is committed to open access publishing as a means to foster the exchange of research among scientists, especially across disciplines.


Archiving

All journals published by TSP are archived in Portico, which provides permanent digital archiving for scholarly journals.


Publisher policies

1. Editorial Peer-review

Model of peer review

There are different models of peer review, all of which have merits and disadvantages. TSP conducts single-blind peer-review, and will initially check all manuscripts before these are sent to peer-review. A subject-specific PhD-level academic editor carries out an initial check before peer-review.


Conflicts of interest (COIs)

COIs, also referred to as “competing interests”, indicate the potential to influence the validity or objectivity of research. COIs may include personal, financial, intellectual, professional, political or religious in nature. Editors, authors, and reviewers may be involved into COIs, and TSP considers it essential to identify and seek to mitigate them so as to ensure the integrity of its role in the dissemination and preservation of knowledge. In order to limit COIs, all roles involved in the peer-review process must identify and declare any personal circumstances or associations that may be perceived as having such influence and acknowledge all funding sources for the work. Failure to declare competing interests may result in decline of a manuscript.
However, COI statements relating to public funding sources, such as government agencies and charitable or academic institutions, need not be supplied.
COIs are not considered permanent; such relationships that have ended more than two years prior to the submission of a manuscript need not be identified as sources of potential conflict.


We follow COPE guidelines on on undeclared COIs:
What to do if a reviewer suspects undisclosed COI in a submitted manuscript
What to do if you suspect a reviewer has appropriated an author’s idea or data
What to do if a reader suspects undisclosed COI in a published article


Initial checks

Before proceed to the peer-review cycle, all submitted manuscripts received by the Editorial Office will be initial-checked by a subject area specialist Managing Editor to decide whether they are (1) correctly formatted/prepared, (2) follow the ethical policies of the journal, (3) fit the scope of the journal and (4) scientifically sound. Manuscripts that do not meet the journal's requirements and standards will be rejected before peer-review. After the initial check, the managing editor will send the qualified manuscripts to journals' Editor(s). Editor(s) will make initial decisions on whether the manuscripts will be sent for peer-review. No judgment on the significance or potential impact of the work will be made at the initial check stage. Manuscripts that are inadequately prepared will be returned to the author(s) for revision and resubmission. Rejection decisions at this stage will be verified by the Editor(s).


Peer-review

All original articles, reviews, and other types of papers including invited papers published in TSP journals go through a vigorous and thorough peer-review procedure. After an initial check, the manuscript is assigned to a handling editor, who then manage the peer-review and otherwise oversees the whole process. Minimum of two independent reviews will be count. The peer-review is single-blind in nature, meaning that the reviewers know the identities of the authors whose work they are assessing but that the authors do not know the identities of the reviewers. Minor or major revisions may be requested to author(s). The final decision regarding acceptance is usually made by the journal’s Editor(s).


Confidentiality

The confidentiality should be respected during the peer review process. Any details of a manuscript or its review shall not be revealed before publication. Academic contents during peer-review should not be breached and used by any roles who involved in the peer-review process.


Special Issues

Many journals publish special issues as part of the scheduled journal volumes. Special issues are often devoted to investigating the emerging or “hot” topics, or conference, or to exploring alternative perspectives on familiar themes.

A special issue can be handled by a Guest Editor. Most special issues are developed when a subject expert identifies a demand for an issue in a particular area and approaches a journal Editor to propose an issue. Please check the policies of special issue application.


2. TSP Publication Ethics Statement

TSP follows COPE core practices that are applicable to all involved in publishing scholarly literature: editors and journal teams, publishers and institutions.
TSP takes vigorous ethical policies and standards on any publication ethical issues. Any allegations of research or publication misconducts are not tolerant, and further sanctions will be taken once the evidence of misconduct is confirmed, including retractions and corrections of a published material. To verify the originality of content submitted to our journals, we use iThenticate to check submissions against previous publications. (or some example of general plagiarism like coping, double submission, manual data making, omission or addition of authors, retracting papers after publication in cases where plagiarism is identified).
TSP is obliged to provide authors with appropriate layouts based on correct information presented by authors. TSP also takes responsibility for any mistakes made by the publisher and endeavours to avoid these in all cases


Plagiarism, duplicate/redundant publication

Plagiarism includes copying text, ideas, images, or data from another source, even from your own publications, without giving any credit to the original source. Plagiarism is strictly not acceptable in any submissions to TSP. All sources must be cited at the point they are used, and reuse of wordings must be limited, be attributed to, or quoted, in the text. Manuscripts that are detected to have plagiarism will be rejected (if unpublished) or retracted (if published), as appropriate.
Duplicate submission/publication refer to the practice of submitting the same study to two journals or publishing more or less the same study in two journals. These submissions/publications can be nearly simultaneous or years later.
Redundant publication (salami publishing) refers to the situation that one study is split into several parts and submitted to two or more journals.
TSP will follow the flowcharts recommended by COPE on handling the suspected cases:
Suspected redundant (duplicate) publication in a submitted manuscript
Suspected redundant (duplicate) publication in a published manuscript


Fabrication, falsification, and image manipulation

Data fabrication is the intentional misrepresentation of research data by making-up findings, recording, or reporting of results. Data falsification is the manipulation of research materials, equipment, or processes, including omitting and changing data, with the intention of giving a false impression. Changes to images can create misleading results when research data are collected as images. Inappropriate image manipulation is one form of fabrication or falsification that journals can identify. The authors of submitted manuscripts or published articles in which the results are found to have been fabricated, falsified, or subjected to image manipulation, will be sanctioned, and their published articles will be retracted immediately.
TSP will follow the flowcharts recommended by COPE on handling the suspected cases:

Suspected redundant (duplicate) publication in a submitted manuscript
Suspected redundant (duplicate) publication in a published manuscript
Suspected redundant (duplicate) publication in a published manuscript


Citation manipulation and systematic manipulation

TSP defines citation manipulation as the act of excessive citation of articles, with the purpose of increasing citation rates and raising a journal's impact factor. Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) released a discussion document, explains how coercive citation manipulation has been practiced by editors and reviewers, and distinguishes between legitimate and illegitimate reasons for self-citation.
Systematic manipulation refers to repeat use of dishonest or fraudulent practices by an individual or a group of individuals to prevent or influence the independent assessment of a piece of scholarly work by an independent peer; or inappropriately attribute authorship of a piece of scholarly work; or publish fabricated or plagiarised research.


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Contact

TSP Headquarter                  
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TSP Nanjing Office 
Nanjing

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