TRANSACTIONS ISSUE MATHEMATICS
Series of physical-technical & mathematics science
National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan
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Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement
Transactions Issue Mathematics. National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan. Series of Physical-Technical and Mathematical Sciences is a double-blind peer-reviewed open access journal which published semiannually by the Institute of Mathematics and Mechanics of National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan. The journal accepts original research articles written in English in the fields of Mathematics. The published article is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. It is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer and the publisher.
The Institute of Mathematics and Mechanics of National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan takes its duties of guardianship over all stages of publishing extremely seriously and we recognize our ethical and other responsibilities.
Our ethic statements are based on Elsevier recommendations and Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. To establish the integrity of the published articles, Trans. Natl. Acad. Sci. Azerb. Ser. Phys.-Tech. Math. Sci. Mathematics editors are guided for using International standard whenever they suspect an ethical issue about the paper they process.
Duties of authors
Authors of reports of original research 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 detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. Review and professional publication articles should also be accurate and objective, and editorial 'opinion' works should be clearly identified as such.
Data access and retention
Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.
Originality, plagiarism and self-plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Plagiarism is unacceptable and any suspicion of plagiarism will be investigated by the editorial team. The article must be clean in terms of 'plagiarism', and the legal and ethical responsibility of the article belong to the author. Self-plagiarism should also be avoided, or if necessary, it should be reported transparently and be fully cited in the publication itself.
The objectivity and transparency in research, and the principles of ethical and professional conduct have been followed. Authors must cite appropriate and relevant literature in support of the results presented in their manuscript. Authors who already published papers on the same topic are expected to include citation of these papers, but they are expected to avoid excessive and inappropriate self-citation.
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 behavior and is unacceptable. In general, an author should not submit for consideration in another journal a previously published paper.
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. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source. Information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, must not be used without the explicit written permission of the author of the work involved in these services.
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 or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
Before publication the galley proof is always sent to the author for correction. Thus it is solely the author's responsibility for any typographical mistakes which occur in their article as it appears in the Journal. The contents of the manuscript published in the Trans. Natl. Acad. Sci. Azerb. Ser. Phys.-Tech. Math. Sci. Mathematics are the sole responsibility of the authors. Authors should not post their submitted work online in any sense, before or during the submission process, as this may cause nomenclatural problems.
With the submission of the manuscript authors declare that:
1. All authors of the submitted research paper have directly participated in the planning, execution, or analysis of study;
2. After the manuscript has been accepted for publication, the author/s will not be permitted to make any new additions to the manuscript.
3. All authors of the paper have read and approved the final version submitted;
4. The contents of the manuscript have not been submitted, copyrighted or published elsewhere and the visual-graphical materials such as photograph, drawing, picture, and document within the article do not have any copyright issue;
5. The contents of the manuscript will not be copyrighted, submitted, or published elsewhere, while acceptance by the Journal is under consideration;
6. All manuscripts should be well-written in English. Papers below the standard for Trans. Natl. Acad. Sci. Azerb. Ser. Phys.-Tech. Math. Sci. Mathematics will be sent back to the authors for rewriting and can be rejected for this reason alone.
7. They can not submit a manuscript if they already have a manuscript in process.
8. After acceptance of a paper, the author should follow the writing rules of Trans. Natl. Acad. Sci. Azerb. Ser. Phys.-Tech. Math. Sci. Mathematics and use the Journal style files.
Hazards and human or animal subjects
If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify these in the manuscript. If the work involves the use of animal or human subjects, the author should ensure that the manuscript contains a statement that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) has approved them. Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of human subjects must always be observed.
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. Examples of potential conflicts of interest which should be disclosed include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. Potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed at the earliest stage possible.
Fundamental errors in published works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. If the editor or the publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the author to promptly retract or correct the paper or provide evidence to the editor of the correctness of the original paper.
The publication costs for Transactions Issue Mathematics. Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences are covered by the journal, so authors do not need to pay an article-processing and submission charges. The PDF copies of accepted papers are free of charges, and can be downloaded from the website http://trans.imm.az.
We print very limited hard copies that we believe this helps us fulfill our commitment to care of the earth for ourselves and next-generations. That is why, hard copies of the paper, if required, are due to be charged for the amount of which is determined by the administration each year. Hard copies of the issues are also available in the libraries of the Institutions having bilateral agreements with Institute of Mathematics and Mechanics of National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan, and the articles published are deposited in a trusted digital repository.
Article Processing Time
Three months are given to the reviewers for the evaluation of the paper. Total processing time of a paper ended up between four to six month, in general.
Duties of editors
The editor is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. Based on the review report, the editor has complete responsibility and authority to accept, reject or request modifications to the manuscript. The validation of the work in question and its importance to researchers and readers must always drive such decisions. The editor is guided by policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by legal requirements regarding issues such as libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor shall evaluate manuscripts and should make decisions to accept or reject a paper for publication based only on the paper's importance, originality and clarity, and the study's relevance to the remit of the journal. Research papers must be reviewed by at least two external and independent reviewers. If necessary, the editor should seek further opinions.
The editor should ensure that each manuscript submitted to Trans. Natl. Acad. Sci. Azerb. Ser. Phys.-Tech. Math. Sci. Mathematics is evaluated for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, citizenship, religious belief, or political philosophy of the authors. The editor should ensure that peer review is fair, unbiased and undertaken in a timely fashion so that authors do not experience undue delays.
The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. Editors should recuse themselves (i.e. should ask a co-editor, associate editor or other member of the editorial board instead to review and consider) from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or (possibly) institutions connected to the papers. Editors should require all contributors to disclose relevant competing interests and publish corrections if competing interests are revealed after publication. If needed, other appropriate action should be taken, such as the publication of a retraction or expression of concern. It should be ensured that the peer-review process for sponsored supplements is the same as that used for the main journal. Items in sponsored supplements should be accepted solely on the basis of academic merit and interest to readers and not be influenced by commercial considerations. Non-peer reviewed sections of their journal should be clearly identified.
Involvement and cooperation in investigations
The editors should take reasonably responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper, in conjunction with the publisher. Such measures will generally include contacting the author of the manuscript or paper and giving due consideration of the respective complaint or claims made, but may also include further communications to the relevant institutions and research bodies, and if the complaint is upheld, the publication of a correction, retraction, expression of concern, or other note, as may be relevant. Every reported act of unethical publishing behavior must be looked into, even if it is discovered years after publication. The editor must not be involved in decisions about papers which he/she has written him/herself or have been written by family members or colleagues or which relate to products or services in which the editor has an interest. Any addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be approved by the editor.
Duties of reviewers
Contribution to editorial decisions
Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper. Peer review is an essential component of formal scholarly communication, and lies at the heart of the scientific method. Trans. Natl. Acad. Sci. Azerb. Ser. Phys.-Tech. Math. Sci. Mathematics shares the view of many that all scholars who wish to contribute to publications have an obligation to do a fair share of reviewing. Reviewers should not contact the author/s of the paper that they accepted to review.
Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.
Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor. Reviewers should keep the ideas and findings of the paper received for review confidential. The paper should not be shared with others and also should not be used by the reviewers in their own research works.
Standards of objectivity
Reviewers should evaluate the papers objectively and professionally. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Reviews should be well-written which benefit the authors so that they can use them to improve their works. 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
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer's own research without the express written consent of the author. 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. Reviewers should complete the referee report within the period given by the journal. If a reviewer thinks that he/she will not be able to complete the report on time, then he/she should inform the editor. Reviewers should inform the editor if they think that the paper has some ethical problems like duplication or plagiarism.
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