Policy & Ethics
Trans Tech Publications Ltd. strives to ensure the quality of the published content and calls authors, editors, reviewers and publisher representatives for ethical behavior.
When submitting a new manuscript corresponding authors are expected to consider whether:
- people identified as co-authors fully qualify for authorship (significant contribution to the work, development of the design and concept of the research, data processing and analysis, writing or revising the manuscript, accountability for all aspects of the work)
- all the parties contributed to a manuscript are mentioned in the acknowledgments (attraction of funding, general administrative support; writing assistance, technical editing, language editing, proofreading, etc.)
- all the co-authors give their consent to submit the final version of the manuscript
- manuscript is original; all the work and wording which was taken from others is appropriately cited
- sufficient detail and references are provided to permit others to replicate the experiments; raw data is available for checking if needed
- manuscripts describing essentially the same research have not been submitted to several journals to avoid multiple or redundant publication
- relationships that potentially could result in a conflict of interest are disclosed
Reviewers are required to follow COPE’s Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers and:
- treat manuscripts received for review as confidential documents
- keep confidential the ideas obtained through peer review, not using them for personal advantage
- provide objective peer review, clear and well-founded reports in a timely manner
- excuse themselves from peer review, if feel unqualified to provide a relevant report, have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.
Editors follow COPE’s Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and ensure:
- evaluation of manuscripts exclusively on the basis of academic merit and fair publication decisions
- disclosure of potential conflicts of interest
- protection from use of unpublished information in editors’ own research without written consent of the author
- confidential treatment of unpublished information
- due cooperation, investigation and measures in case of complaints regarding submitted or published papers
- Trans Tech Publications Ltd. strives to follow the COPE recommendations in cases when scientific misconduct is suspected, including data fabrication, data falsification, copyright infringement, multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship and plagiarism.
- When concerns are raised about submitted or published papers, the editors of Scientific.Net journals arrange for appropriate procedures to investigate the case.
- If the misconduct is proven at the stage of submission or peer review, the paper in question is subject to rejection.
- If the misconduct is proven after acceptance for publication, the paper in question is subject to withdrawal.
- If the misconduct is proven after publication, the paper in question is subject to retraction in accordance with the procedures described in the COPE’s Retraction Guidelines.
- In case authors of a submitted or published paper discover a significant error, they are obliged to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate to correct or retract the paper.