Publication Ethics

Publication Ethics:

 Ethics and Malpractice Statement of Publication 

Ethics and publication malpractice statement of Diyala Journal of Engineering Sciences (DJES) depends on the Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011).

Responsibilities of The Editor

Decisions of publication

The editor of DJES is in charge of deciding which of the submitted articles can be published. Our editor assesses articles without regard to the authors' religion, gender, ethnic origin, political philosophy or citizenship. The editor takes the decision according to the importance of the submitted article, clarity and originality, and the validity of the article in addition to its relevance to the scope of DJES. The editor considers the  reviewer comments and notes to take the final decision about the submitted manuscript. Legal requirements concerning libel, infringement of copyright, and plagiarism should also be taken into consideration.


The editor of DJES or any staff must not disclose any information concerning the submitted article to anyone other than the editorial advisers, corresponding author, reviewers, and the publisher, in appropriate way.

 Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished contents disclosed in a submitted article cannot be used by DJES editor or the staff for their personal research works without the written explicit of author approval.

 Responsibilities of our reviewers

Contribution to editorial decisions

Unpublished contents disclosed in a submitted article cannot be used by DJES editor or the staff for their personal research works without the written explicit of author approval

Responsibilities of The Reviewers

Contribution to Editorial Decision

The process of the DJES peer-reviewing helps the journal editor and the editorial board to take the appropriate decision about the submitted article. In addition, it helps the author (s) to improve their articles.


The selected reviewer has all the rights to decline the contribution in the reviewing process if he/she feels that the paper does not fall within his/her area of expertise or any other reason. The selected reviewer should directly indicate whether he/she accept or reject the assignment  by sending a notification to the editor.


Any received manuscripts for reviewing must be considered as a confidential documents. These submitted articles must not be disclosed or discussed with anyone except the authorized editors

 Objectivity Standards

Reviewers must write their opinions clearly, objectively and unbiased with supporting arguments. Author personal criticism is forbidden

 Acknowledgement of sources

Reviewers should check the citation cases and the references of the submitted articles. They should identify whether the contents taken from other publications are related to the respective sources. Reviewers should notify the editor of any overlap or substantial similarity with the submitted manuscript and any other publications they know.

 Conflict of interest and disclosure

Ideas obtained or privileged information during reviewing must not be used for personal advantage and should be kept confidential. Editor does not deal with the reviewers who have conflicts of interest due to connections or relationships with any of the authors, institutions, or companies related to the manuscripts.


Duties of the Authors

Standards of Reporting

Authors of novel articles should submit a truthful account of the research done besides clarifying its significance. Data must be accurately written in the submitted article. The submitted article must have sufficient details and references to help other researchers to develop the work. Knowingly inaccurate or fraudulent statements are considered unacceptable unethical conduct.

 Retention and Data Access

Authors should be ready to submit the raw data of their work accompanied with the submitted article to the DJES editor and should be ready to make it publicly accessible if practicable. Generally, authors should guarantee accessibility of their raw data to other researchers for at least ten years after publication (by a professional data center); protecting authors and their legal rights.

 Originality, Plagiarism and Acknowledgement of Sources

Authors should submit original works, and should appropriately quote or cite the work and/or words of other researchers. Influential and most recent references of the submitted article should also be cited.

The DJES has its own similarity checker which is handled by the editorial board of the journal. Thus, the journal editor has the rights to reject any article that  he/she feels it contains high similarity ratio with other published work.

Concurrent, Multiple or Redundant Publications

Submitting the same manuscript to two or more journals represents  an unacceptable and unethical publishing conduct. Generally, submitted articles describing basically the same problem should be submitted to a single journal. Copyrighted and published manuscripts must not submitted to the DJES. Besides, manuscripts under reviewing by DJES should not be resubmitted to other copyrighted publications. Generally, the submitted data to DJES is considered as a copyrighted material of the author (s). Authors may give permission to others to use their published data under a CC-BY license [], which allows other authors to distribute, copy, and transmit the work in addition to make commercial use of the work or adapt it.

 Article Authorship

Authorship is limited to those who have made an important contribution to the conception, planning, implementation, and/or discussion of the submitted work. All those actual participants must be included as co-authors. The corresponding author ensures that all contributing co-authors and no uninvolved persons are included in the author list. The corresponding author will also verify that all co-authors have approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

 Disclosure and Conflicts of Interests

All authors must write a statement disclosing any substantive or financial conflicts of interests that may influence the interpretation or results of their submitted work. All financial support sources for their submitted works must be disclosed.

 Basic Errors in Published Work

When the author discovers an important error or inaccuracy in his published work, he/she should immediately notify the editor to cooperate with the editor to withdraw the paper or correct the error.

Violating the Above Conditions

The DJES has the rights to Reject any manuscripts if the authors violated one or more of the above mentioned conditions.


 Reviewing Process

  1. The DJES editor makes an initial assessment to check suitability of  the submitted work for the journal.
  2. The editor nominate at least three reviewers. The nominated  reviewers should satisfy all conditions that mentioned in above mentioned Responsibilities of The Reviewers section.
  3. The DJES reviewing rounds are completely double blind.
  4. Three reviewing rounds  are allowed.
  5. If the author (s) failed to convince the reviewers about their work and/or revision versions a Reject Decision is issued by the DJES Editorial board.
  6. The DJES Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. 
  7. Authors can monitor their manuscript status online and by emails.


Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). (2011, March 7). Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. Retrieved from

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