Publication is considered the end point of a research project. New scientific results may be assessed, corrected, and further developed by the scientific community only if they are published. Guidelines on the corresponding research and publication are now set to encourage and promote high ethical standards in the conduct of research publications. They address various aspects of the research and publishing duties of editors and authorship determination.
Manuscripts should be written in English and be accompanied by a covering letter stating the originality and significance of submitted manuscripts. The manuscripts should be original and not be under review by another Journal or published in whole or in part elsewhere. All authors should confirm agreement with the submitted version.
Plagiarism is the use of others’ published and unpublished ideas or words without attribution or permission and involves presenting them as new and original rather than derived from an existing sources. The intent and effect of plagiarism is to mislead the reader as to the contribution of the plagiarizer. This applies whether the ideas or words are taken from abstracts, research grant applications, and unpublished or published manuscripts in any publication format.
Plagiarism is scientific misconduct and should be addressed. Self-plagiarism refers to the practice of an author using portions of their previous writings on the same topic in another publication, without specifically citing them formally in quotes. This practice is widespread and done sometimes unintentionally, as there are only many ways to say the same thing in many occasions, particularly when writing the Method section of an article. The Iranian Journal of Chemical Engineering (IJCHE) is a committee that publishes only original materials that neither have been published nor are under review elsewhere. Manuscripts that are found to have been plagiarized from other sources, whether published or unpublished, will be subject to plagiarism sanctions.
Authors who submit articles to this journal affirm that manuscript contents are original. Authors’ submission implies that the manuscript has not been published previously in any other language, either fully or partly, and is not currently submitted for publication elsewhere. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
Authors of original research reports should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient details and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or deliberate inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.
Authors’ submission implies that all data in an article are real and authentic. Authors should retain raw data related to their submitted paper and must provide them for editorial review upon the request of the editor.
Authors should acknowledge all sources of data used in the research and cite publications that have influenced their research. If the authors have used the work and/or words of others, it is imperative to ensure that they have been appropriately cited or quoted.
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the research. All those who have made significant contributions to the paper should be listed as co-authors. Those who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.
The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate, involved co-authors are included in the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed on its submission for publication.
All authors should disclose any financial or other substantive conflict of interest in their manuscript that might be construed to influence its results or interpretation.
Authors of submitted articles are obliged to participate in the peer-review process.
If authors discover a significant mistake or inaccuracy in their published paper, it is their obligation to promptly notify the journal editor and provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.
Responsibility for the reviewers
Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. The reviewers should respect the confidentiality of peer review and not reveal any details of the manuscript or its review, during or after the peer-review process, beyond those that are released by the journal.
Reviewers should agree to review only manuscripts for which they have the subject expertise required to carry out a proper assessment and which they can assess in a timely manner. If a selected reviewer feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or within a proposed time-frame, he/she should notify the editor and excuse himself/herself from the review process.
The review of submitted manuscripts should be conducted objectively. The reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments, refraining from being hostile or inflammatory, and from making libelous or derogatory personal comments.
Reviewers should point out relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.
Reviewers should not use information obtained during the peer-review process for their own or any other person’s or organization’s advantage or to disadvantage or discredit others.
All reviewers should have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors, or the research funders connected to the manuscript.
Reviewers should ensure that their review is based on the merits of the work and not influenced, either positively or negatively, by any personal, financial, or other conflicting considerations or by intellectual biases.
Reviewers should notify the journal immediately if they come across any irregularities, have concerns about ethical aspects of the work, are aware of substantial similarity between the manuscript and a concurrent submission to another journal or a published article, or suspect that misconduct may have occurred during either the research or the writing and submission of the manuscript. Reviewers should, however, keep their concerns confidential and not personally investigate further unless the journal asks for further information or advice.
The editor is responsible for everything published in the Iranian Journal of Chemical Engineering (IJChE).
The editor will ensure that all published papers and reviews of research have been reviewed by suitably qualified reviewers and that the peer-review process is fair, unbiased, and timely. The editor preserves anonymity of reviewers.
The editor takes responsibility to ensure that all information regarding manuscripts submitted to this journal remains confidential.
The editor ensures that each manuscript is initially evaluated by the editor, who may make use of appropriate means, to examine the originality of the contents of the manuscript. After the manuscript passes this test, it is forwarded to three reviewers for a double-blind peer review, and each of them will make a recommendation to publish the manuscript in its present form or to modify or to reject it.
The editor’s decisions to accept or reject a paper for publication are based only on the paper’s importance, originality, and clarity and the study’s relevance to the remit of the journal.
The editor ensures that each received manuscript is evaluated according to its intellectual content without regard to authors’ sex, gender, race, religion, citizenship, etc.
The editor cannot use unpublished materials disclosed in the submitted manuscript for his/her own research, without prior written consent of the authors.
The editor is always willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when needed. If mistakes/errors are found in the article, the editor will promptly provide their retractions or make corrections.
The new editor will not overturn decisions to publish submissions made by the previous editor unless serious problems are identified.
The editor will act if he/she suspects misconduct or if an allegation of misconduct is brought to him/her. This duty extends to both published and unpublished papers.
Editor’s decisions will not be affected by the origin of the manuscript, including the nationality, ethnicity, political beliefs, race, or religion of the authors. The decisions to edit and publish a manuscript will not be determined by the policies of governments or other agencies outside of the journal itself.