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Journal of Materials Exploration and Findings (JMEF)

Policies

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Philosophy of Journal of Materials Exploration and Findings (JMEF)

For more information, please see Journal of Materials Exploration and Findings (JMEF) Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Journal of Materials Exploration and Findings (JMEF) provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Journal of Materials Exploration and Findings (JMEF), the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Journal of Materials Exploration and Findings (JMEF). If you have concerns about the submission terms for Journal of Materials Exploration and Findings (JMEF), please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

Journal of Materials Exploration and Findings (JMEF) has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Rights for Authors and UI Scholars Hub

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to UI Scholars Hub all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of UI Scholars Hub, requires credit to UI Scholars Hub as copyright holder (e.g., UI Scholars Hub © 2022).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from UI Scholars Hub provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the UI Scholars Hub website and/or software agree not to misuse the UI Scholars Hub service or software in any way.

The failure of UI Scholars Hub to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between UI Scholars Hub and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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Open Access Policies

On the grounds that making research freely available to the public promotes an increased level of intercultural exchange of information, this publication offers immediate open access to all of its material.

The full texts of these articles are freely available on the public internet, allowing any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, link to them, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other legal purpose without facing any financial, legal, or technical obstacles aside from those inherent in gaining access to the internet.

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Publication Policies

Peer Review Process

The JMEF uses double-blind peer review, in which neither the author nor the reviewer is aware of the other's identity. Utilizing iThenticate and Grammarly, JMEF verifies the originality of every manuscript submitted.

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Charges for Article Processing (APCs)

JMEF produces high-quality open access articles that are immediately available to the public and the scientific community. These articles can be freely reused with the necessary attribution. Currently, we do not offer article processing charges (APC) .

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Publication Ethics and Policy

Peer-reviewed articles on the theoretical or practical treatment of technology design, development, and application are published in JMEF. The author, editor, peer reviewer, and publisher all exhibit ethical behavior as described in the following declarations while publishing an article in the JMEF.

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DUTIES OF EDITORS

Decision Regarding Article Publication

Which of the articles submitted to the JMEF should be published is a decision made by the journal's editor in chief. The editorial board's policies and any applicable laws pertaining to copyright and plagiarism serve as the Editor in Chief's guide. When making this last choice, the Editor in Chief may consult with additional editors or reviewers.

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Blind Admission

Without regard to the author's color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or citizenship, manuscripts will be judged solely on their intellectual value.

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Confidentiality

The corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher are the only people who should be informed about a submitted article by the Editor in Chief and any editorial staff.

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Interest conflicts and disclosure

Anyone who has a glimpse of the article (while handling it) is not permitted to exploit any unpublished materials provided in the text for their own research without the author's prior written approval.

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DUTIES OF REVIEWERS

Contribution to editorial decision

While editorial interactions with the author may also help the author improve the manuscript, peer review aids the Editor in Chief and the editorial board in making editorial choices.

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Promptness

Any chosen referee who believes they are unqualified to review the assigned paper or are unable to do so quickly should let the editor know and withdraw from the review process.

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Confidentiality

Manuscripts that are submitted for review must be handled with confidentiality. They cannot be discussed or shown to anybody else without the Editor in Chief's permission. Peer review's privileged knowledge or ideas must be kept secret and not used for one's own benefit.

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Criteria for Objectivity

Reviews ought to be carried out impartially. No criticism of the author on a personal level is permitted. Reviewers should clearly state their positions and provide evidence to back them up.

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Source Acknowledgment

Reviewers should point out pertinent published works that the authors have not cited. Any assertion that has already been made elsewhere should be backed by the appropriate citation. Any significant similarities or overlaps between the manuscript under consideration and any other published material of which the reviewer has firsthand knowledge should be brought to the Editor in Chief's or Editorial Board member's attention.

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Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

Reviewers shouldn't evaluate articles when they have relationships or connections with any of the authors, businesses, or institutions associated with the papers that are competitive, cooperative, or involve other relationships or connections.

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DUTIES OF AUTHORS

Reporting standards

Authors of reports on original research ought to give a truthful summary of the work done and an unbiased analysis of its relevance. The paper should appropriately depict the underlying data. A paper should have enough information and citations to let someone else duplicate the work.

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Data Access and Retention

The raw data related to an article may be requested from authors for editorial review. If possible, authors should be ready to make these data accessible to the public, and in any case, they should be ready to keep these data for a fair amount of time after publication.

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Originality and Plagiarism

Authors must make sure their writing is wholly unique, and if they do borrow someone else's ideas or words, they must properly cite or quote them.

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Multiple and Concurrent Publications

Generally speaking, an author shouldn't submit articles detailing essentially the same study to more than one journal or primary publication. It is unacceptable to simultaneously submit the same paper to multiple journals, which is considered unethical publishing practice.

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Acknowledgement of Sources

Always give due credit to other people's contributions. Citations for works that had a significant impact on understanding the nature of the reported work are required.

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Authorship of the Paper

Only individuals who significantly contributed to the conception, design, implementation, or interpretation of the reported study should be given the privilege of authorship. Co-authors should be named for everyone who contributed significantly. Other people who have contributed to the research endeavor in meaningful ways should be recognized or identified as contributors when applicable.

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Interest Conflicts and Disclosure

Any financial or other significant conflict of interest that could be taken to have an impact on the findings or interpretation of a manuscript should be disclosed by all authors in the publication. Disclosure of all funding sources for the project is required.

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Basic mistakes in published works

It is the responsibility of the author to contact the publisher or journal editor as soon as a serious error or inaccuracy in the author's own published work is found, and to work with the editor to retract or fix the manuscript.

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