In order to agree upon standards of expected ethical behaviour for all parties involved in the act of publishing, i.e. Authors, the Editor, the Editorial Board, Reviewers and the Publisher, this journal adopted the concepts of Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors disseminated by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
The journal ‘ENGINEER’ is intended for the publication of full length research/technical papers related to Engineering, filtered through double blind peer review process.
The journal is fully funded by the Institution derived from membership fees and the publication is free of charge for successful authors. Consequently, eligibility for publication is limited to all categories of members of the Institution. However, the Editor may, in consultation with the Editorial Board accept any relevant submission on individual merit.
The Editor of the journal is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The Editor shall be guided by the policies of the Editorial Board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding copyright infringement and plagiarism. Equity Decision for publication shall be based on intellectual content without bias to race, religion, ethnic origin, citizenship, gender or political philosophy of the authors.
The Editor and any editorial staff shall not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers and the publisher, as appropriate, nor shall they use material contained in such a manuscript for their own research without the expressed written consent of the author.
The Journal does not tolerate any form of plagiarism and shall disqualify a manuscript from publication if detected.
Peer review assists the Editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.
Any notified reviewer who feels unqualified to review the reported manuscript or knows that its prompt review will not be impossible shall notify the Editor and withdraw.
Manuscripts received for review shall be treated as confidential documents.
Reviews should be conducted objectively with views clearly described with supporting arguments.
Any statement to the effect that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously published shall be accompanied by the relevant citation. The Editor shall be informed of any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which there is personal knowledge.
Information or ideas obtained through peer review shall not be used by reviewers for personal advantage. Manuscript where known conflict of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or personal connections shall not be accepted by a reviewer for review.
Authors of original research papers shall present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. A research paper shall contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are deemed unacceptable.
Authors shall provide raw data in connection with a paper if requested for editorial review, and shall be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after the publication.
The authors shall ensure that their manuscripts are original except for included extracts from acknowledged works of others appropriately cited or quoted. Authors are encouraged to cite publications which influenced their work. Plagiarism in any form shall be desisted by authors.
In general, an author shall not publish manuscripts describing essentially the same work in multiple publications. Concurrent submission of the same manuscript to multiple publishers is unacceptable as it constitutes unethical practice.
Individuals who have made significant contributions in concept, formulation, execution and interpretation of the reported study as well as compilation of the manuscript shall be made co-authors. Other significant contributors shall be appropriately acknowledged. The corresponding author shall ensure that all appropriate co-authors are included and they have agreed with the final version of the manuscript for publication.
Financial or any substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of the work to be published shall be disclosed in the manuscript.
It is the duty of an author to immediately inform the Editor if a significant error is discovered in either a published paper or a manuscript being processed for publication and assist in the correction process.