3. Publication ethics
(1) Duplicate Publication
The papers already published to other scientific journals or periodicals are not considered for publication. The published paper to this journal should not be submitted to other scientific journal.
For the policies on the research and publication ethics not stated in these instructions, International standards for editors and authors (http://publicationethics.org/international-standards-editors-and-authors) can be applied. If there are any ethical issues from the manuscripts, it should be reviewed by Editorial Board and the recommendations should be processed by the Research Ethics Committee.
(2) Submitting Original Papers and Plagiarism Policy
All authors are supposed to submit the manuscript containing original contents. The manuscript which has not been simultaneously submitted to, nor published in any other publication channels, solely can be accepted. If the same paper is found appearing or published in any other publication, the paper will be automatically rejected. Authors very briefly indicate how the new submission offers substantial novel contributions beyond those of the previously published paper(s) or proceedings. We strictly prohibit plagiarism and self-plagiarism. If plagiarism is found in a paper in review or in the publication, the Editorial Board of the JPT will immediately investigate the case. The severe penalty will be imposed on the author(s) related to the plagiarism case based on the investigation.
(3) Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement
JPT offers extended versions of a selected number of papers among the presented papers at the ICT Platform Society's conferences. Both conference and journal versions obey to the publication ethics referred to as ICT Platform Society Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statements.
4. Submission of manuscript
An electronic version (MS Word DOC or PDF) should be written in English, intended for publication and prepared as described in "Manuscript Requirements", along with a cover letter containing the corresponding author's details. Authors are kindly requested to use our MS Word template for preparing their manuscripts. All JPT style files for manuscript submission are available on our website at http://jpt.ictps.org/. Manuscripts should be submitted via the online manuscript submission website, with copyright transfer agreement and author’s checklist. Copyright transfer agreement gives a permission to the ICTPS to publish their manuscript to the JPT.
Criteria for acceptance will be appropriateness to the field of the Journal, as described in the Aims and Scope, taking into account the merit of the content and presentation. The number of pages of submitted manuscripts is limited to 20 (using the appropriate Word). Manuscripts should be clearly written. Abstracts should be self-contained and informative of what was learned from the research. Rigorous argument and presentation are expected throughout.
There is no strict limit on the number of articles that may be submitted by the same author(s). However, it is our journal's policy to provide an opportunity for all interested and quality authors to publish their research results in our journal. Therefore, the Editorial Board retains the right, depending on the circumstances, to reject all submissions featuring the same author(s) that appear too frequently during the course of the year.
Manuscripts will be refereed in the manner customary with scientific journals before being accepted for publication. Upon receiving a manuscript, three members or less including the associate editor of the Editorial Board will examine it and if the manuscript is out of scope of the journal or does not meet the basic criteria for a journal article, it will be immediately rejected without further review (please note that this process may take up to one month to complete due to the large number of received submissions). Otherwise, the Editor-in-Chief will solicit reviews from two external referees. In this case, the author’s name and affiliation is not disclosed during review process to the reviewers. Based on the reviews, the Editor will make the decision on manuscript acceptance, or solicit additional reviews if the decision in unclear.
A review consists of 6 parts: (1) originality of the paper, (2) technical soundness, (3) significance, (4) clarity of presentation, including the style and English, (5) relevance to the JPT journal, and (6) length (relative to the useful contents of the paper). Associated with each of the above 6 parts should be a rating from -2 to 2 with 0 being the average as follows:
(1) After acceptance
Authors of the accepted papers are responsible to submit a camera-ready paper in electronic form, both in source (MS Word) and PDF formats, according to the "Instructions for Camera-Ready Papers", which may be downloaded here (MS-Word version). The corresponding author of each manuscript will receive by email the proofs of his/her manuscript to check. He/she must return the corrected proofs within a week in order to avoid any delays in publishing the regular/special issue. If we have not received a response by then, we will contact the corresponding editors to help chase the author for a reply. After having their corrections incorporated by the typesetter, the proofs will again be sent to authors to check and to ensure that all their corrections are included. It is the responsibility of authors to check and correct the proofs of their manuscripts. Manuscripts cannot be published until they are checked and approved by authors. Also, manuscripts cannot be amended once they are published, except in very exceptional circumstances, so authors should take great care in approving the final version for publication. The finally accepted manuscript will be reviewed by manuscript editor for the consistency of the format and the completeness of references. The manuscript may be revised according to the opinion of the manuscript editor. After publishing, the authors will receive a free electronic copy of the Journal.
(2) Copyright and use agreement
Authors are requested to sign the "Copyright Transfer" agreement before the manuscript may be published. The copyright transfer covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the manuscript, including reprints, photographic reproductions, microform, electronic form, or any other reproductions of similar nature and translations. Authors are responsible for obtaining from the copyright holder permission to reproduce the manuscript or any part of it, for which copyright exists. It also enable us to defend and enforce authors’ rights against plagiarism, copyright infringement, unauthorized use and, most important for authors’ professional reputation, breach of authors’ moral rights.
The decision on the editing of the journal is made by the Editorial Board. The manuscript may be revised for the consistency of the editorial work as far as the content is not affected. Every manuscript submitted is not returned.
The template and instructions can be downloaded at TEMPLATE (DOC, 172 KB).
Statement of Copyright Transfer
The template and instructions can be downloaded at TEMPLATE (PDF, 1,994 KB).