Publication Ethics

Statement about Publication Ethics and Malpractice statement of the journal "Resources and Technology" 

The ethics statements for the journal are based on the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors, developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


Responsibilities of Editors

The editors of the journal enforce a rigorous peer-review process together with strict ethical policies and standards to ensure the addition of high-quality scientific studies to the field of scholarly publication.

The Editor-in-Chief of the journal is responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the journal should be published and is accountable for everything published in the journal. In making these decisions, the Editor-in-Chief may be guided by the legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The Editor-in-Chief confers with other editors or reviewers when making publication decisions. The editors should always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when needed.

The editors should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the author(s).

The editors must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers.

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research without the explicit written consent of the author(s). Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.

The Editor-in-Chief should seek so ensure a fair and appropriate peer-review process. The Editor-in-Chief should recuse himself  from handling manuscripts (i.e. should ask a co-editor, associate editor, or other member of the editorial board instead to review and consider) in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or (possibly) institutions connected to the papers.


Responsibilities of Reviewer

Peer review assists the Editor-in-Chief in making editorial decisions and, through the editorial communication with the author, may also assist the author in improving the manuscript.

Any invited reviewer who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its timely review will be impossible should immediately notify the editor so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others.

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author(s) is inacceptable. Reviews should express their views clearly with appropriate supporting arguments.

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the author(s). Reviewers should call to the editor’s attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published data of which they have personal knowledge.

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider evaluating manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors.


Responsibilities of Author / Ethical guidelines for authors

The authors are responsible for the content of the article. Authors should accurately present their research findings and include an objective discussion of the significance of their findings. A paper should contain sufficient details and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. 

An author should not publish manuscripts describing the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Original research results must be novel and not previously published, including being previously published in another language. If some part of the submitted article has already been published the author is obliged to make sufficient comments and references in the manuscript. Parallel submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. The corresponding author should ensure that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the manuscript and have agreed to its submission for publication. All co-authors must be clearly indicated at the time of the manuscript submission.

All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to notify promptly the journal’s editors and cooperate with them to either retract the paper or to publish an appropriate correction statement or erratum.


The regulation of violations of Publication Ethics

The editors and Editorial Board make every effort to prevent breaches of publication ethics. They reserve the right to reject the publication of articles in case of their violation.

The Editorial Board informs the author (or an unfair reviewer) with a warning letter of non-compliance with the above listed ethical standards, revealing the facts of violation of ethics and warning of possible consequences. The author (or an unfair reviewer) is given the opportunity to answer any charges.

Minor violations are handled without the involvement of the third parties.

Serious violations may require the official publication on the journal's website of the revealed facts of violations; notification of the employer of the accused (head's office where the author works). The Editor-in-chief together with the Editorial Board should take a decision on whether to inform the employer by examining the available data and through consultations with a limited number of experts.


Plagiarism, Data Fabrication and Image Manipulation

Plagiarism is not acceptable in the journal. Plagiarism includes copying text, ideas, images, or data from another source, even from the author’s own publications, without giving credit to the original source.

Reuse of text that is copied from another source must be between quotation marks and the original source must be cited.

If plagiarism is detected during the peer review process, the manuscript may be rejected.

Image files must not be manipulated or adjusted in any way that could lead to misinterpretation of the information provided by the original image. Irregular manipulation includes 1) introduction, enhancement, moving, or removing features from the original image, 2) grouping of images that should obviously be presented separately.

If irregular image manipulation is identified and confirmed during the peer review process, the manuscript may be rejected.

Data presented must be original and not inappropriately selected, manipulated, enhanced, or fabricated. This includes 1) exclusion of data points to enhance significance of conclusions, 2) fabrication of data, 3) selection of results that support a particular conclusion at the expense of contradictory data, 4) deliberate selection of analysis tools or methods to support a particular conclusion.