Publishing Ethics

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Publication Ethics Statement

Mechanical Science and Technology for Aerospace Engineering (ISSN 1003-8728) follows the recognized publication ethics and resolutely opposes any form of plagiarism. The authors, editors and reviewers shall perform the following duties, and adhere to the submission guidelines and other requirements of the journal. This statement is based on the Copyright Law, publication ethics at home and abroad, CY/T 174—2019 Academic Publishing Specification-Definition of Academic Misconduct for Journals and other relevant provisions. For more details, please refer to the official website of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) ( and publication ethics standards formulated by European Association of Science Editors (EASE), National News Publication Bureau and other institutions.

1. Duties of Authors

1) Authors should ensure the paper submitted be original without copyright dispute and has passed the confidentiality review of the authors' organizations. The manuscript should be writen according to the submission template of Mechanical Science and Technology for Aerospace Engineering, and the authors should confirm the copyright agreement in the submission system according to the prompts.

2) Manuscripts should follow the submission guidelines of the journal. Authors should not submit the same manuscript to more than one journal simultaneously, namely, they should ensure that their article has neither been published elsewhere in any language fully or partly, nor is it under review for publication anywhere. If the manuscript is a revised version of the conference paper, the author should ensure that the paper is published non-public and explain when submitting.

3) Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to conception, design, execution or interpretation of the reported study. Others who have made significant contribution must be listed as co-authors. The corresponding author shall guarantee that all authors do not dispute the order of signature and agree to publish the paper (all authors should sign on the copyright transferring agreements).

4) Authors should not submit all or part of the published paper (e.g., the dissertation) through simple processing, which may be suspected of repeated publication.

5) The cited contents like data, figure, table, formula and involved previous studies (including the authors’ previous research) should be correctly quoted in the manuscript.

6) The same research results should not be deliberately divided into multiple articles for publication.

7) All computational derivation and data representations should be carefully corrected without intentional fraud.

8) The funded projects should be correctly marked in the paper, and the relevant conflicts of interest should be actively informed.

9) After the manuscript is submitted, especially after its acceptance or publication, the author should take the initiative to contact the editorial department for any mistakes in the article to timely correct or take other remedies.

10) After receiving the acceptance notice, the author should pay the publication fee timely.

2. Duties of Editors

1) The editorial department is responsible for the whole process of manuscript collection, preliminary examination, organizing peer review, sending acceptance notice, editing and revising manuscript, and publication.

2) Editors must ensure that each manuscript should pass the text copy ratio test before the preliminary examination and before the publication.

3) Editors should have no conflict of interest with the articles they reject or accept.

4) If the editor believes that the content of the manuscript is not in the scope of the journal or the quality of the manuscript obviously does not meet the publication requirements, he/she can reject the manuscript directly in the preliminary examination stage without peer review.

5) After the manuscript passes through the preliminary examination, the editors should ensure that the manuscript is forwarded to one reviewer for double-blind peer review, and remind the reviewer to return the review report in time. When selecting reviewer, in principle, editors should avoid reviewer who is in the same organization as the author or with a conflict of interest.

6) Editors should keep the contents of the manuscript confidential before its publication, and inform the reviewers and other personnel who are in contact with the manuscript that they should also obey this rule.

7) Papers writtern by the editorial board members or the personnel in the editorial department of Mechanical Science and Technology for Aerospace Engineering should be published only if they passed through the peer review.

8) When suspected academic misconduct is found, the editorial department should survey and verify, contact the author and listen to the author's explanation and instructions. Once the academic misconduct is valided, the manuscript in review stage will be rejected, the one that has been published will be corrected or retracted according to the specific situation, and the author will be criticized and educated, and the editor will inform the author's organization if necessary.

9) The editorial department should pay remuneration to authors and review fees to review experts timely.

3. Duties of Reviewers

1) Review of submitted manuscripts must be done objectively and the reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments. If there is a conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the research funders, the reviewer should take the initiative to retract and inform the editorial department.

2) Reviewers should return the review report within 4 weeks generally after accepting the work. If the reviewer feels it is not possible to complete the review within stipulated time, he/she should inform the editorial department or recommend other appropriate experts.

3) Recviewers should evaluate the academic level of the manuscript, point out its theoretical significance and engineering application value, check whether there is innovation, and clearly expound whether the manuscript has reached the publication level. For manuscripts that can be published, specific modification suggestions (including charts, formulas, data, etc.) should be given; for manuscripts that does not meet the publication requirements but still have certain values, specific modification suggestions should be given to the author for revising or rewriting; for manuscripts that should not be published, the reasons for rejection shall be given.

4) If the reviewers find academic misconduct such as incorrect opinions, forged data, repeated publication or plagiarism, they should clearly point out in the review report and inform the editor in time.

5) Reviewers should keep the contents of the reviewed manuscripts confidential till the publication, they are not allowed to improperly use the contents of the reviewed manuscripts, nor deliberately delay the review for competitive purposes.

4. Retractions and Corrections

1)  For articles that has been officially published in Mechanical Science and Technology for Aerospace Engineering, the editorial department has right to retract the publishing of the electronic version of the article in case of any of the following circumstances.

①The article has been previously published elsewhere.

②There's clear evidence that the author of the article has serious academic misconduct, the content of the article involves serious plagiarism.

③ It is verified that the article has honest error (e.g. miscalculation or experimental error).

④For other understandable reasons, the first author or corresponding author of the article require to retract the article.

2) The retraction statement issued by the editorial department shall be linked to the retracted article wherever possible (in all electronic versions), clearly identify the retracted article, and be announced promptly to minimize the harmful impact of misleading publications.

3) Editors should consider issuing a correction if a small portion of the article proves to be misleading (especially because of honest error).

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