As a scientific journal, Mechanical Testing and Diagnosis promotes integrity in research publication, so the editorial team recommends using COPE comprehensive guidelines for authors and reviewers.
The publication of an article in this peer-reviewed journal is an essential issue in developing a coherent and fair web of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of authors, reviewers, institutions supporting them, including universities, research institutes, publishing houses.
The editorial team agrees on standards of ethics for all parties involved in the act of publishing: authors, the journal editor, peer reviewers, the publisher and the society of society-owned.
More about Publishing Ethics can be found in the Publishing Ethics Resource Kit (PERK).
- To act in a balanced, objective and fair way while carrying out their duties, without discrimination on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin of the authors.
- To handle submissions for sponsored or special issues in the same way as other submissions, so that articles are considered and accepted solely on their academic value and without any influence.
- To adopt and follow reasonable procedures in the event of complaints of an ethical or conflict nature, in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Society where appropriate.
- To give authors the opportunity to answer to any complaints. All complaints should be investigated no matter when the original publication was approved for publishing. Documentation associated with any such complaints should be retained.
- To contribute to the decision-making process, and to improve the quality of the published papers by reviewing the manuscript objectively, in a reasonable time.
- To maintain confidentiality of any information supplied by editor or author(s). To not retain or copy the manuscript.
- To alert the editor if any published or submitted content is substantially similar to that under review.
- To be aware of any potential conflicts of interest (financial, institutional, collaborative or other relationships between the reviewer and the authors), to alert the editor and, if necessary, to withdraw their services for that reviewing.
- To keep records of data associated with their submitted manuscript and to supply or provide access to these data, on reasonable request. Where appropriate and where allowed by employer, funding body and others who might have an interest, to deposit data in a suitable repository or storage location, for sharing and further use by others.
- To confirm/assert that the manuscript as submitted is not under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere. Where fragments of the content overlap with already published or submitted content, to acknowledge and cite those sources. Additionally, to provide the editor with a copy of any submitted manuscript that might contain overlapping or closely related content.
- To confirm that work in the submitted manuscript is original and to acknowledge and cite content reproduced from other sources. To obtain permission to reproduce any content from other sources.
- Authors should ensure that any studies involving human or animal subjects are conformal to national, regional and international laws and requirements (e.g. WMA Declaration of Helsinki, NIH Policy on Use of laboratory Animals, EU Directive on Use of Animals) and confirm that approval has been sought and obtained where appropriate. Authors should obtain express permission from human subjects and respect their privacy.
- To declare any potential conflicts of interest (e.g. where the author has a competing interest, actual or apparent, that could be considered or viewed as exerting an undue influence on his or her duties at any stage during the publication process).
- To promptly notify the journal editorial board or publisher if a significant error in their article is identified. To cooperate with the editorial board and publisher in order to publish an erratum, addendum, corrigendum notice(s), or to retract/withdraw the paper, where this is deemed necessary.
- All authors are committed to publish only original issues, i.e., research, experiments, results, discussions that have neither been published elsewhere, nor is under review elsewhere. Manuscripts that are found to have been plagiarized from a manuscript by other authors, whether published or unpublished, will incur plagiarism sanctions. All manuscripts are checked for plagiarism by using dedicated software.
- Manuscripts that are found to have been published elsewhere, or to be under review elsewhere, will incur duplicate submission/publication sanctions. If authors have used their own previously published work, or work that is currently under review, as the basis for a submitted manuscript, they are required to cite the previous work and indicate how their submitted manuscript offers novel contributions beyond those of the previous work.
- Submitted manuscripts that are found to include citations whose primary purpose is to increase the number of citations to a given author's work, or to articles published in a particular journal, will incur citation manipulation sanctions.
- Submitted manuscripts that are found to include either fabricated or faked experimental results, including manipulation of images, will incur data fabrication and falsification sanctions.
- All listed authors must have made a significant scientific contribution to the research in the manuscript and approved all its claims.
- Redundant publications involve the inappropriate division of study outcomes into several articles. The authors are advised not to do so.
- Documented violations of any of the above mentioned policies will incur sanctions, such as rejection of the infringing manuscript, rejection of every other submitted manuscript, prohibition against all authors for any new submission in this journal.
- If article has been accepted for publications, each author must sign a copyright agreement form and send the signed form, in electronic format, to the Editor in chief, together with the final version of the article. This enable the journal to have the rights to the paper in order to ensure copyright protection against infringement, and to disseminate the article, and this journal, as wide as possible.
The publisher is committed to ensure that advertising, reprint or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions. In addition, the journal editorial board will assist in communicating with other journals and/or publishers where this is in the journal interest. The editorial board will closely collaborate with other publishers, institutions and economical organizations to set standards for best practices on ethical issues, errors and retractions. The publisher could provide specialized help in legal issues and advise with, if necessary.
To digitaly archive the copy of the journal volumes in the Library of "Dunarea de Jos" University and in the National Library of Romania.
Procedures applied in the case of non-ethical behavior
Identification of non-ethical behaviour
- Misconduct and non-ethical aspects of the published papers may be identified and brought to the attention of the editorial board and publisher at any time, by anyone.
- Misconduct and non-ethical behavior may include, but need not be limited to, examples as outlined above.
- Whoever informs the editorial board or the publisher of such conduct should provide sufficient information and evidence for an investigation to be initiated. All allegations should be taken seriously and treated in the same way, until a decision or conclusion is reached.
- An initial decision should be taken by the editor in chief, who should consult with members of editorial board or seek advice from the publisher, if appropriate.
- Evidence should be well argued, while avoiding spreading any allegations beyond those who need to know.
- Minor misconduct might be dealt with or without the need to consult more widely. In any event, the author should be given the opportunity to respond to any allegations.
- Serious misbehavior might require that the employers of the accused be notified. The editor in chief, in consultation with the publisher or Society, as appropriate, should make the decision whether or not to involve the employers, either by examining the available evidence or by further consultation with a limited number of experts.
- Outcomes from a misbehavior may be applied in increasing order of severity; may separately or in conjunction.
- Informing or educating the author or reviewer where there appears to be a misunderstanding or misapplication of acceptable standards.
- A more strongly worded letter to the author or the reviewer covering the misbehavior as a warning to future activities.
- Publication of a formal notice detailing the misbehavior.
- Publication of an editorial detailing the misbehavior.
- A formal letter to the head of the author's or reviewer's department or institution or funding agency.
- Formal retraction or withdrawal of a publication from the journal, in conjunction with informing the head of the authors' or reviewer's department, Abstracting & Indexing services and the leadership of the publication.
- Imposition of a formal embargo on contributions from an individual for a defined period.
- Reporting the case and outcome to a professional organisation or higher authority for further investigation and action.