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Publication Ethics

The statements below explain the ethical behavior of all parties involved in the act of publishing an in SMART CITY, including the authors, the editors, the peer reviewer and the publisher:

Authors’ responsibilities:

  1. Authors must confirm that the manuscript to be submitted is original and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  2. All authors mentioned in the paper must have significantly contributed to the research.
  3. Authors must notify the editors if there are any conflicts of interest.
  4. Authors must identify all sources used in the creation of their manuscript.
  5. Authors must report any errors found in their published paper to the editors.
  6. Authors should provide a letter of consent for the manuscript containing images or videos related to an individual person.
  7. Authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.

Editors’ responsibilities:

  1. Editors have the responsibility and authority to reject or accept a manuscript.
  2. Editors are responsible for the overall quality of the publication and make corrections when needed.
  3. Editors should consider the needs of the authors and the readers when attempting to improve the publication.
  4. Editors should guarantee the quality of the papers and the integrity of the academic record.
  5. Editors should base their decisions solely on the papers’ importance, originality, clarity, and relevance to publication’s scope.
  6. Editors should keep the anonymity of the reviewers
  7. Editors should ensure that all research materials to be published conforms to internationally accepted ethical guidelines.
  8. If suspecting any misconduct in published or unpublished paper, editors should take action in obtaining resolutions to the problem.
  9. Editors should not reject manuscripts solely based on suspicions; a proof of misconduct must be obtained.
  10. Editors should not allow any conflicts of interest between staff, authors, reviewers and board members.

Reviewers’ responsibilities:

  1. Reviewers should keep the confidentiality of all information stated on manuscripts.
  2. Reviewers should be objective in conducting the paper review
  3. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments
  4. consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
  5. Reviewers should inform the Editor-in-Chief of any similarity or overlap between the manuscript under
  6. Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.
  7. Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.