PUBLICATION ETHICS AND PUBLICATION MALPRACTICE STATEMENT
JCC's ethical approach is based on the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) which complies with the International Committee of JCC Editorial Board codes of conduct. Editors, reviewers, readers, and authors who work with JCC should adhere to these ethical guidelines. JCC's ethics code will decide which of the usual research papers or articles submitted to the journal will be published in the relevant issue. Please visit http://publicationethics.org for more information about this subject and ethical principles in publishing.
Duties and Responsibilities of Publishers
- JCC commits to make final editorial decisions on submitted manuscripts.
- JCC behaves promising to ensure that decisions on manuscript submissions will be taken only based on professional judgment and will not be influenced by commercial interests.
- JCC pledges to uphold the integrity of academic and scientific records.
- The Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editors, Editorial Board Members, Reviewers, Authors, and Readers of JCC monitor the ethics.
- The JCC is always checks the fraudulent data issues and plagiarism in submitted manuscripts.
- JCC is always willing to publish corrections, clarifications, and retractions regarding its publications when needed.
Duties and Responsibilities of Editors
- The journal editors should have complete power to accept/reject a manuscript.
- The journal editors should hold the confidentiality of the submitted manuscripts when they are being reviewed or until publication.
- In consultation with other editors and reviewers, the Editor-in-Chief should make decision whether or not to publish the submitted manuscripts.
- Reviews' anonymity should be preserved by the journal's editors.
- The journal editors should manifest and avoid any conflict of interest.
- The journal editors should retain academic integrity and ensure that readers’ and authors’ needs are met.
- The journal editors must be willing and able to check plagiarism and fraudulent data issues and to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when required.
- The Editors of the journal should have the limit themselves only to the intellectual content.
- The journal editors must not manifest any details about submitted manuscripts to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, other editorial advisors, potential reviewers, and the publisher, if applicable.
- Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted article should not be used for research purposes by the editor or members of the editorial board without the author's explicit written permission.
Duties and Responsibilities of Reviewers
- The journal reviewers should help the Editors to decide whether or not to publish the submitted manuscripts.
- Reviewers must keep the confidentiality of the manuscripts they are asked to review.
- Reviewers should send the comments that will assist editors in deciding whether or not to publish the submitted manuscript.
- Reviewers are bound to keep the manuscripts they receive for peer review as confidential, and must not to use the information obtained through peer review for personal gain.
- The Comments provided by reviewer should be technical, competent and impartial against each invited manuscript.
- Reviewers should refrain to review manuscripts in which they have observed conflicts of interest with any of the authors, companies, or institutions.
- Reviewers should declare any potential conflicts of interest and make an effort to prevent them.
Duties and Responsibilities of Authors
- Manuscripts must be submitted only in English and must adhere to proper grammar and sound terminology.
- Manuscripts must be submitted with the assumption that they have not already been published (except as an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review, or thesis) and are not currently under consideration by any other journal or published by or any other publisher.
- The submitting corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that all other coauthors have authorized the manuscript article's dissemination.
- To maintain the peer review system, authors have an obligation to participate in peer review process to evaluate manuscripts from others.
- The authors' also have to ensure that manuscripts coming from a specific institution are submitted with the appropriate institution's permission.
- It is a condition for journal submission that the authors agree to the document being edited for readability.
- Authors are asked to obviously explain who provided financial support for the study and/or manuscript writing, as well as briefly outlining the involvement of the founder/sponsor in any aspect of the work.
- Under an open-access license, authors retain ownership of their content's copyright but allow others to download, reuse, reprint, alter, distribute, and/or copy it as long as the original authors and source are correctly referenced.
- All authors have agreed to permit the corresponding author to act as the editorial office's correspondent, reviewing the edited manuscript and proof.
- When an author finds a substantial inaccuracy or error in his/her own published work, it is the author's responsibility to immediately contact the journal editor or publisher and request that the manuscript be retracted or corrected.
- All authors must be aware that the submitted manuscripts under review or published with JCC are subject to plagiarism detector software. Plagiarism is a serious violation of publication ethics.
- Before submitting to the JCC, all authors must ensure that they have reviewed the submission final checklist. Please see the following URL for more information: (https://www.jourcc.com/index.php/jourcc/information/authors).
Principles of Transparency
- Peer review process: JCC is a quarterly single/double-blind peer-reviewed electronic and print journal that covers all areas of composites and compound materials. This method, as well as any policies governing the journal's peer review processes, are explicitly outlined on the journal's Web site (https://www.jourcc.com/index.php/jourcc/process).
- Governing Body: JCC has a very strong editorial board, with members who are recognized as experts in the subject areas covered by the journal’s scope. The complete names and affiliations of the journal's editors are available on the journal's website (https://www.jourcc.com/index.php/jourcc/about/editorialTeam).
- Contact information: The contact information for the JCC editorial office is given in (https://www.jourcc.com/index.php/jourcc/about).
- Author fees / Access: The Journal database is completely open access, and the full text of published articles is available to anyone who can gain free access to the Journal website. Furthermore, no charges should be paid by authors for submission, article processing, or publication.
- Copyright: JCC made clear the type of copyright under which authors work will be published. After manuscript acceptance, authors may be asked to sign a 'Journal Publishing Agreement' (https://www.jourcc.com/copyright_form.doc).
- Identification of and dealing with allegations of research misconduct: The Editor-in-Chief takes appropriate steps to recognize and prevent the publication of articles containing scientific fraud, such as plagiarism, citation misuse, and evidence of falsification/fabrication.
- Web site: The Web site of a journal (http://www.jourcc.com) states that great effort has been taken to maintain high ethical and professional standards.
- Name of journal: Journal of Composites and Compounds (JCC) has a distinct name that is not readily confusing with other journals.
- Conflicts of interest: Authors are asked to indicate whether or not they have any impending conflicts by sending their papers to JCC using the Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form (conflict of interest discloure form.docx).
- Publishing schedule: The frequency at which an article is published is explicitly stated (https://www.jourcc.com/index.php/jourcc/about).
- Archiving: The strategy of the journal for electronic backup and retention of access to journal material is specifically indicated (http://www.jourcc.com).
Violation of Publication Ethics
Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the deliberate use of someone else's inventions or other original content as one's own. Copying even one sentence from another person's manuscript, or one of your own that has already been published, without sufficient reference is considered as plagiarism by JCC Journal. All manuscripts under review or published by JCC are subjected to plagiarism detection program screening. Plagiarism is also a serious violation of publication ethics. Crossref is a service that assists editors verifying the originality of documents. Crossref is operated by iParadigms' Ithenticate tech, which is well-known in the academic community as a Turnitin provider. Please visit www.ithenticate.com/search for a searchable list of all publications in the CrossCheck database.
- Data Fabrication and Falsification: Data fabrication and falsification indicate that the researcher did not carry out the analysis as planned, but instead made up data or findings and documented or publicized the fake facts. Data falsification occurs when a researcher conducts an experiment then manipulates, alters, or omits data or information from the test findings.
- Simultaneous Submission: Simultaneous publication happens when a manuscript (or large parts of a manuscript) is submitted to one journal while still being considered by another.
- Duplicate Publication: Duplicate publishing happens when two or more articles share exactly the same theories, results, discussion points, and conclusions without full cross-referencing.
- Redundant Publications: Redundant publications are the improper separation of research results into many papers, most likely as a result of a need to pad academic vitae.
- Improper Author Contribution or Attribution: All authors mentioned should have contributed significantly to and accepted all their statements in the manuscript for study. Do not neglect to mention everyone, including students and laboratory technicians, who made important scientific contributions.
- Sanctions: If any of the above-mentioned policies are violated in any journal, regardless of whether the violations happened in a journal, the below sanctions will be imposed:
(i) Immediate rejection of the infringing manuscript; (ii) Immediate rejection of any other manuscript submitted to any journal published by any of the infringing manuscript's authors; and (iii) Prohibition for a minimum of 36 months against any of the authors for any new submissions to any journal, either individually or in combination with other authors of the infringing manuscript.
Handling Cases of Misconduct
Once JCC confirms the violation of JCC's ethics of publication, JCC will seriously address ethical issues using a normal, issue-specific standard practices as summarized below.
- The journal Editor's first action is to notify the JCC Editorial Office by sending copies of the related content as well as a draft letter to the corresponding author calling for an explanation in a nonjudgmental way.
- If the explanation of the author is unacceptable and there appears to be significant unethical behavior, the matter shall be referred by the editorial office to the Publication Committee. The Committee will determine after deliberation if the situation is critical enough to merit a ban on future submissions.
- If the infringement is not very serious, the editor shall give the author a reproach letter and inform the author of publication policies of JCC upon the advice of the publication committee; if the manuscript has been published, the editor may order the author to publish an apology to correct the record in the journal.
- A notification will be sent to the corresponding author, and any work by the author responsible for the violation, or any work coauthored by these individuals that is under review by JCC will be rejected immediately.
- The authors are not permitted to serve on the JCC editorial board or as a reviewer. JCC retains the right to take further actions.
- In extreme situations, notifications will be sent to the authors' affiliations, and the authors will be barred from submitting their manuscript to JCC for five years.
- A notice of retraction will be published in the journal and linked to the article in an online version in serious fraud situations. The online version is also labeled as “retracted” with the date of retraction.