The articles’ publication contributes to the development of a coherent network of knowledge. It is essential that publishers, editors, authors, and reviewers, in the process of publishing the journals, conduct themselves in accordance with the highest level of professional ethics and standards. The Journal of Mechanical Engineering in general is exercising the code of conduct, which is in line with the codes stated by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) (http://publicationethics.org).
The following are descriptions of the ethical guidelines for the editor, corresponding author, author, and reviewer:
The editor has the following responsibilities:
- The editor should acknowledge receipt of submitted manuscripts and ensure an efficient, fair, and timely review process.
- The editor should ensure that submitted manuscripts are processed in a confidential manner and that no content of the manuscripts will be disclosed to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
- The editor should recuse himself or herself from processing manuscripts if he or she has any conflict of interest with any of the authors or institutions related to the manuscripts.
- The editor has the right to make the final decision on whether to accept or reject a manuscript with reference to the significance, originality, and clarity of the manuscript and its relevance to the journal.
- The editor should not use for his or her own research any part of any data or work reported in submitted and as yet unpublished articles.
- The editor should respond promptly and take reasonable measures when an ethical complaint occurs concerning a submitted manuscript or a published paper, and the editor should immediately contact and consult with the author.
The corresponding author has the following responsibilities:
- The corresponding author should be the primary contact between the journal and all the other authors of the paper.
- The corresponding author should upload the manuscript to the online submission site for peer review and distribute all the communications from the journal (reviewers’ comments, decision letters, etc.) to all authors.
- The corresponding author should ensure that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper.
- The corresponding author should ensure that all co-authors have agreed to the final version submission prior to publication.
The authors have the following responsibilities:
- The authors should not submit concurrent manuscripts (or manuscripts essentially describing the same subject matter) to multiple journals or any paper previously published anywhere in the journals for consideration.
- The authors should honestly gather and interpret their research data.
- The authors should guarantee that the works submitted are original. If the authors have used the work and/or words of others, appropriate citations are required. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
- The authors should give due acknowledgement to all of those who have made contributions to the research. Those who have contributed significantly to the research should be listed as co-authors.
- The authors should promptly inform the journal editor of any obvious error(s) in the published paper and cooperate earnestly with the editor in the retraction or correction of the paper. If the editor is notified by any party other than the author that the published paper contains an obvious error, the authors should either write a retraction or make the correction based on the medium of publication.
- The authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects or for including case details or other personal information or images.
The reviewer has the following responsibilities:
- The reviewer who feels unqualified to review the assigned manuscript or affirms that he or she cannot meet the deadline for completion of the review should immediately notify the editor and excuse himself or herself from the process of reviewing this manuscript.
- The reviewer should inform the editor and recuse himself or herself from reviewing the manuscript if there is a conflict of interest.
- The reviewer should treat the manuscript in a confidential manner. The manuscript should not be disclosed to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.
- The reviewer should perform objectively. Personal criticism of the author is unacceptable.
- The reviewer should not use for his or her own research any part of any data or work reported in submitted and as yet unpublished articles.
- The reviewer should immediately notify the editor of any similarities between the manuscript under review and another paper either published or under consideration by another journal. The reviewer should immediately call to the editor’s attention a manuscript containing plagiarized material or falsified data.