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 with no 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 the 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Unpublished contents disclosed in a submitted article cannot be used by DJES editor or the staff for their personal research works without the written explicit of author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 the Reviewers
Contribution to Editorial Board 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.
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 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 [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/], which allows other authors to distribute, copy, and transmit the work in addition to make commercial use of the work or adapt it.
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 the 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.
Complaints and Appeals
The DJES is carefully consider and complaints and appeals as follows:
1. The DJES receive any complaints and appeals through the emails in the contact list.
2. The DJES carefully consider the privacy and confidentiality of any complaints.
3. The editorial board hold an urgent meeting to discuss any complaint and appeals. It may consult any advisory board member and/or any specialist in the field of the complaint if required.
4. When the final decision about the complaints is made, the Journal editor in chief inform the complainer officially about that.
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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