Policies and Standards

Publication Ethics Statement

IIETA maintains, and expects from all parties involved to adhere to, basic publishing standards of scholarly and academic integrity, including the publisher, authors, editors, and peer reviewers. These expectations are as follows.

Reporting of results is accurate, without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation, and analysis of results is objective and unbiased.  All work described in a paper is original. Any work of others used in a paper is appropriately cited, not limited to direct references but also includes any source which may have inspired the idea or spirit of a work.

Results of research described in a paper has not been published previously or concurrently in another publication, and a submitted manuscript is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.  Each author listed has made a significant contribution to the research and approves of its publication.  All sources of funding should be disclosed as well as any potential conflict of interest that may have influenced any results or interpretations of results.

The editor-in-chief of each journal is responsible for the decision to accept a paper for publication based on a fair and unbiased evaluation of a paper’s importance, originality, clarity and validity, and the study’s relevance to the scope of the journal. This decision may be guided by the policies of the editorial board.

Submitted manuscripts are treated as confidential documents by the publisher, editors and reviewers. Reviewers do not accept manuscripts with which they have a conflict of interest resulting from relationships with any of the authors, companies, or institutions, no matter if these relationships be competitive, collaborative or otherwise.

Plagiarism Policy

IIETA adheres strongly to the highest ethical standards of academic integrity, and fully expects the same from all of our contributing authors.  Any paper containing plagiarism seriously hinders us from our goal of maintaining high levels of quality, uniqueness, and innovation.

We will take serious actions against those papers determined to contain plagiarism including, but not limited to, removing those articles completely from our website as well as from the websites of the databases in which we are listed and indexed. Original authors can file a complaint against the paper they think is their work and we will evaluate all such requests in an impartial manner.

All published IIETA journals are an active member of CrossRef anti-plagiarism services.

Open Access Statement

IJHT, EESRJ, MMEP and RCES are open-acess, which means that all the contents of these four journals are freely available without charge. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in the four journals without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.

 

Policy for Handling Complaints

If a journal receives a complaint regarding infringement of copyright or other intellectual property rights, authorship, plagiarism, research results misappropriation, allegations of research errors or fraud, research standards violations, undisclosed conflicts of interest, reviewer bias, or multiple, duplicate, concurrent publication, IIETA will investigate the complaint. Investigation may include a request that the parties involved substantiate their claims. The journal will make a good faith determination whether to remove the allegedly wrongful material. A decision not to remove material would be based on the journal’s belief that the complaint is without sufficient foundation, or if well founded, that a legal defense or exemption may apply, such as fair use in the case of copyright infringement or truthfulness of a statement in the case of libel. IIETA will document its investigation and decision.

Archiving Policy

IIETA participates in ITHAKA’s Portico e-journal preservation service.  In the event that IIETA no longer publishes or no longer supports its website, content of our journals will remain available to the scholarly community.

Peer Review Process

A single blind reviewing procedure is adopted by all IIETA journals. After submission of a manuscript, if the topics of the paper are appropriate for the journal, the manuscript is sent to the editor-in-chief or managing editor and then the paper will reach a panel of experts as reviewers involved in the relevant research area, who can be either external or members of the editorial board. Each paper is reviewed by at least two reviewers. The final decision concerning the papers publication belongs to the editor-in-chief. Reviewer comments will be returned to the author in a timely manner.

Copyright Information

IIETA will hold copyright on all papers once published, while the author will maintain all other rights including patents and the right to use and reproduce material.  For more details, read the Copyright Transfer Agreement here.

Charges and Fees

This journal does not levy any charges to authors for manuscript submission, processing, or publication.  Fees for subscription to print copies of a journal can be viewed here.

Sources:

DOAJ: Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing, https://doaj.org/bestpractice

COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics): Promoting integrity in research publication, http://publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines

PERK (Publishing Ethics Resources Kit),

https://www.elsevier.com/editors/publishing-ethics/perk