Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures – International Journal of Conceptual Modeling (EMISAJ) is committed to ensuring ethics in publication and quality of articles. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved: Authors, Editors, and Reviewers. Our ethics statement is based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Editor Responsibilities: An (guest) editor of EMISAJ is responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the journal should be published. In making these decisions, the editor may be guided by the policies and guidelines of the journal’s editorial board and by the legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers when making publication decisions. An editor should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors. The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the author(s), reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate. An editor must not use unpublished material disclosed in a submitted manuscript without the explicit written consent of the author(s). An editor should not consider manuscripts in which he/she has any conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the manuscripts (i.e. should ask a co-editor or other member of the editorial board instead to consider). An editor should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper. When considering retracting, issuing expressions of concern about, and issuing corrections pertaining to articles that have been published in EMISAJ, the editor will be guided by COPE’s Guidelines for Retracting Articles.

Reviewer Responsibilities: Peer review assists the editors of EMISAJ in making editorial decisions. Manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. A reviewer must not use unpublished material disclosed in a submitted manuscript without the explicit written consent of the author(s). Reviews should be conducted objectively and be formulated clearly with supporting arguments and providing constructive criticism, so that authors can use them for improving the manuscript. A reviewer feeling unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript should feel responsible and can decline the review. Any invited reviewer who knows that its timely review will be impossible should immediately notify the editor and excuse herself/himself from the review process. A reviewer should not consider manuscripts in which he/she has conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the manuscripts.

Author Responsibilities: An author should ensure that her/his work is original, not copied, and submitted for the first time only. Parallel submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal and/or conference constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Plagiarism in all its forms as well as fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported research. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. All authors should disclose any financial or personal conflict of interest that governs the research in the manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in her/his own published paper, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify the Editors-in-Chief of EMISAJ and cooperate with them to retract or correct the paper.