Publication Ethics Statement for RERA 2024
The International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications (RERA 2024) is a premier forum to present and deliberate advancements in research, development, standards, and applications within the renewable energy sector. This document outlines the expected ethical behavior of all parties involved in publishing an article for this conference. This encompasses the author, the chief editor, the Editorial Board, peer reviewers, and the publisher. Our guidelines align with the COPE Best Practice Guidelines for conference editors.
Ethical Guidelines for Publication
An article’s publication in the peer-reviewed RERA 2024 conference signifies a cornerstone in constructing a robust and esteemed knowledge network. The content mirrors the author’s quality of work and represents the supporting institutions. Articles undergoing peer review underpin the scientific method. Hence, it is imperative to establish ethical standards for everyone involved in the publishing process: authors, journal editors, peer reviewers, publishers, and affiliated societies.
RERA 2024 is committed to overseeing all publication stages and acknowledges its ethical and other responsibilities. The Editorial Board makes publication decisions with impartiality and discretion. The importance and validity of the work and its relevance to researchers and readers always drive these decisions. While guided by the journal’s policies, the editors must also be wary of legal considerations related to libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The editor-in-chief may consult other editors or reviewers in the decision-making process.
Editors evaluate manuscripts purely based on their intellectual content, disregarding the race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnicity, nationality, or political ideology of the authors.
All editorial staff, including the editor, must maintain the confidentiality of submitted manuscripts, limiting discussions about it to the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
Editors must not leverage unpublished materials from a submitted manuscript for their research unless given express written permission by the author.
Duties of Reviewers
Contribution to Editorial Decisions: Reviewers assist editors in editorial decisions. Their feedback, conveyed to the author, can also help enhance the quality of the paper.
Promptness: Reviewers unable to assess a manuscript due to a lack of expertise or time constraints should promptly notify the editor.
Confidentiality: Manuscripts under review are confidential documents and must not be disclosed or discussed with unauthorized individuals.
Standards of Objectivity: Reviews should be unbiased. Criticism should focus on the content, not the author. Reviewers must substantiate their feedback with clear arguments.
Acknowledgement of Sources: Reviewers should highlight any uncited yet relevant published works. They must notify the editor about any observed significant similarities between the manuscript under review and any other published paper known to them.
Disclosure and Conflict of Interest: Information from manuscripts under peer review should remain confidential and not be used for personal gain. Reviewers must avoid manuscripts where conflicts of interest arise from competition, collaboration, or other ties with any of the parties associated with the paper.
Duties of Authors
Reporting Standards: Authors should accurately present their research findings and objectively discuss their significance. The paper should be detailed enough for others to replicate. Deliberately inaccurate or fraudulent statements are unethical and unacceptable.
Data Access and Retention: Authors should provide raw data for editorial review if requested. They should also be ready to make such data publicly accessible and retain it post-publication.
Originality and Plagiarism: Authors must ensure originality and duly cite or quote others’ work when incorporated.
Multiple Publications: Manuscripts describing similar research should not be published across multiple journals. Concurrent submissions of the same manuscript to multiple journals are deemed unethical.
Acknowledgment of Sources: Authors must cite influential publications relevant to their research.
Authorship: Only those contributing significantly to the research should be listed as authors. The corresponding author must ensure appropriate author listing and obtain approval from all co-authors before submission.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: Authors must disclose any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that could influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. They should also disclose all sources of project funding.
Errors in Published Works: Authors discovering significant errors in their published work must notify the journal editor or publisher immediately and collaborate on rectifying or retracting the paper.