Ethical guidelines

The sole responsibility of the editorial board is to prevent from any unethical behavior. Any unethical behavior is not acceptable and the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Engineering and Protection does not accept any form of plagiarism. The authors who submit their manuscript to the Journal of Environmental Engineering and Protection have to confirm that the work is original.
The ethical guidelines are based on COPE’s best practices (i.e. Code of Conduct for Journal Editors) and should be followed by editors, authors and reviewers. The editors, authors and reviewers should also follow the rules and standards that were formulated by the Journal of Environmental Engineering and Protection.

Duties of editors

  1. Publication decisions. Based on the review reports the editor can reject, accept or request modifications to the submitted manuscript.
  2. The editor has to assure the each manuscript that was submitted to the journal has to be reviewed without regard to sex, race, citizenship, religion, etc. of the authors.
  3. The editor must assure that the information provided by the authors of the manuscript will remain confidential, including the names of the reviewers.
  4. The editor of the Journal of Environmental Engineering and Protection will not use any unpublished materials sent by the authors without their written consent.
  5. The editors should undertake proper measures in case of complaints and reporting of any unethical forms of behavior during the publication process.

Duties of authors

  1. The submitted work should be original and contain objective discussion.
  2. The authors should present the materials and methods in a detailed manner that allows replication of experiments by other researchers.
  3. The authors should confirm that submitted work:
    • is entirely original,
    • has not been published elsewhere and has not submitted to another journal,
    • does not violate copyrights of other persons,
    • includes all funding sources in the acknowledgements.
  4. The authors should acknowledge all sources of data used in their research and cite the publications that have been used in their work.
  5. The authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to conception, design, execution or interpretation of the research reported in the manuscript. Also, the authors have to confirm that all co-authors agreed to submit the manuscript in a present form and agreed to be listed as co-authors.
  6. The raw data related to the submitted work should be delivered by the authors upon the request from the editors or reviewers.
  7. If at any point in time the author/authors discovers a significant error in the submitted manuscript, this error should be reported to the editor regardless of the fact that the article is in print or has been published.

Duties of reviewers

  1. The information included in the submitted manuscripts should be considered confidential and must not be used for any personal gain.
  2. Any kind of similarity of the submitted work to other published materials that the reviewer has the knowledge of must be reported to the editor.
  3. The opinions included in the review reports have to be objective. The reviewers should express their views with clarity and supported with arguments.
  4. The reviewer should not review a manuscript if there is a conflict of interests originating from competition, cooperation or other relationships with the authors, companies or institutions related to the manuscript.
  5. If the reviewer is unable to perform the review within the stipulated time then this fact has to be reported to the editor who will send the manuscript to another reviewer.