Ethics and policy

Ethics and Malpractice

(These guidelines are based on the existing Committee on Publication Ethics-COPE)

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Ethics and Duties of the Editor

The editor of Maritime Technology and Research adheres himself to the highest standards of publication ethics.

Accountability :  The editor is responsible for the overall publication process (from submission to publication) and has transparent procedures and clear policy to guarantee the quality of the publications.

Fair Play & Editorial Independence : The editor always ensures that submitted manuscripts will be evaluated on their academic merit and its relevance to the journal’s scope regardless of the authors’ race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, citizenship, religious belief, political philosophy or institutional affiliation. Faculty of International Maritime Studies, Kasetsart University does not have any role in decisions on content for any other reasons.

Editorial Confidentiality : The editor always protects the confidentiality of authors’ material and remind reviewers to do so as well. As the double-blind peer reviewed system is implemented at Maritime Technology and Research, both authors and reviewers’ identities are always protected.

Editorial Process : One of the most important responsibilities of editor is to exercise peer review fairly and wisely. Everyone involved in the process should be informed about their roles and expectations. Maritime Technology and Research describes the detailed process from the initial submission to publication. It can be viewed under the "peer review process" sub-section.

Misconduct & Inappropriate Behavior : Editor has a responsibility to take responsive measures when any misconduct or ethical concern is raised with regard to a submitted manuscript or published paper. If any serious concern is raised by readers, reviewers, or others regarding the conduct, validity, or reporting of academic work, the authors will be contacted in order to allow them to respond to the concerns. If that response is unsatisfactory, the papers will be retracted.

Publication decisions
The Editor-in-Chief of the Maritime Technology and Research is responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the journal should be published. The Editor-in-Chief may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding copyright infringement and plagiarism. The Editor-in-Chief may confer with other guest editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript will not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.

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 Ethics and Duties of Reviewers 

Contribution to Editorial Decisions
Peer reviewing assists the Editor-in-Chief in making editorial decisions. It helps the editor to communicate with the authors.

Promptness
Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself/herself from the review process.

 Confidentiality
Any manuscript received for review must be treated as a confidential document. It must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

 Standards of Objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

 Acknowledgement of Sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

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

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Ethics and Duties of Authors

 Reporting standards
Authors should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. 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.

 Data Access and Retention
Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Originality and Plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works. If the authors have used the work and/or words of others, it should be appropriately cited or quoted.

 Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour.

 Acknowledgement of Sources
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

 Authorship of the Paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

 Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects
If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the authors must clearly identify these in the manuscript.

 Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

 Fundamental errors in published works
When authors discover any significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published works, it is the authors' obligation to promptly notify the journal editor and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.