Publication Ethics

Author's Responsibilities

  • Writing Standards:

Authors must present accurate reports on the implementation of their research to the public objectively, enhancing insights and suitability for publication. Each manuscript should provide detailed implementation results, referencing relevant sources.

  • Data Access and Retention:

Authors must be willing to provide raw data related to the manuscript for editorial review and public access (as per ALPSP-STM statement on data and databases). Authors are required to retain the data for a reasonable period after the manuscript is published.

  • Originality and Plagiarism:

Authors must ensure that the manuscript is an original work. Proper citation of other people's work or words used in the writing, following the citation standards Environmental Engineering Journal ITATS, is mandatory. Quotations from external sources should not dominate the content (not exceeding 25%).

  • Duplicate, Redundant, or Concurrent Publication:

Authors should not publish the same research implementation in more than one journal. Submitting the same manuscript to multiple journals simultaneously is unethical behavior. Generally, authors should not submit articles elsewhere while the review process is ongoing at Environmental Engineering Journal ITATS.

  • Manuscript Ownership:

All significant contributors must be listed as co-authors. Authors are expected to carefully consider the list and order of authors before submitting the manuscript. The submitting author is collectively responsible for the work. Each author must ensure that the content in the manuscript is checked and presented accurately.

  • Disclosure and Conflict of Interest:

All financial support sources for the research implementation must be disclosed, such as sponsors, in the study design, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, manuscript writing, and the decision to publish the article.

  • Fundamental Errors in Published Manuscripts:

Authors discovering significant errors or inaccuracies in their published manuscript are obligated to promptly notify the journal's editorial board or publisher and cooperate to retract or correct the manuscript if deemed necessary. If a third party informs the editorial board or publisher of significant errors in a published manuscript, authors are also obligated to cooperate with the editorial board, including providing evidence if requested.


Editorial Board's (Editor's) Responsibilities

  • Principle of Fairness:

Editors must evaluate authors' manuscripts without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, ethnicity, nationality, or political preferences. The journal's editorial policies should encourage transparency and complete and honest writing. Editors must ensure that both peer reviewers and authors have a clear understanding of their expectations. Editors should use standard journal communication systems provided.

  • Confidentiality:

Editors must protect the confidentiality of all materials submitted to the journal and all communications with reviewers unless agreed upon otherwise. Unpublished materials disclosed in the manuscript should not be used for the editor's research without written consent from the author. Special information or ideas obtained through the peer-review process must be kept confidential and not used for personal gain.

  • Disclosure and Conflict of Interest:

Unpublished material disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used for the editor's research without written consent from the author.

  • Publication Decision:

The editorial board is responsible for deciding which articles to publish. Validation of the problem formulation and the importance of the manuscript to researchers and readers should always guide this decision. Editors can be guided by editorial policies and are constrained by legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. Editors can consult with the editor-in-chief or other reviewers in making this decision.

  • Manuscript Review:

Editors must ensure that each manuscript is evaluated for its originality at the outset. Editors should fairly and wisely assign and place peer reviewers. Editors should inform authors about the peer-review process and indicate which part of the journal was reviewed by the reviewers. Editors should select appropriate peer reviewers for manuscripts under consideration for publication, avoiding those with conflicts of interest.


Reviewer's Responsibilities

  • Contribution to Editorial Decision:

Every manuscript accepted for review should be treated as confidential. Reviewers must not share reviews or information about the manuscript with anyone or contact the author directly without permission from the editorial board. In some cases, editors may allow reviewers to discuss with colleagues, provided they inform the editorial board beforehand. Reviewers can contribute to publication decisions based on the notes provided to the editorial board.

  • Ethical Considerations:

Reviewers should be vigilant regarding potential ethical issues in the manuscript and report them to the editorial board, including substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published manuscript. Reviewers should ensure that any statements regarding observations, derivations, or arguments made previously are accompanied by relevant citations.

  • Objectivity Standards:

Reviews must be conducted objectively. Personal criticisms of the author are not necessary. Reviewers must express their views on the manuscript clearly with supporting arguments.

  • Confidentiality:

Every manuscript accepted for review must be treated as confidential. Manuscripts should not be shown or discussed with others unless approved by the editorial board.

  • Disclosure and Conflict of Interest:

Special information or ideas obtained through the peer-review process must be kept confidential and not used for personal gain. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest, whether due to competition, collaboration, relationships, or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions related to the manuscript.