For Authors

As a global open access publisher, Tech Science Press is dedicated to disseminating cutting-edge scholarly research among scientific community by advocating an immediate, world-wide and barrier-free access to the research we publish. To ensure all publication meeting our ethical and scientific quality standards, each submission goes through a rigorous review process, including pre-peer-review by relevant editorial board, a single-blind peer-review process by scientific experts, revision following reviewers’ comments as well as final approval by the editorial board.


Authorship and Contribution

The listed authors include all of the individuals who have made substantial contributions to the intellectual content of an article in terms of the conception, drafting, and revising of the work and the acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of the data. Their approval is required for the submitted version as well as any substantially modified version to which they have contributed. Further, all of the listed authors are considered personally responsible for all aspects of the work and must guarantee that any questions regarding its accuracy or integrity—even for aspects of the work in which an individual author did not personally take part—are appropriately examined, resolved, and documented in the article.
On the other hand, involvement in the securing of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of a research group does not in itself justify listing as an author. Rather, those who have contributed to the work in such ways should be listed in the acknowledgments.


Editors and Journal Staff as Authors

In the circumstances where Editors or editorial staff of the journal submit their own studies to the journal, they shall not be involved in the reviewing process, and the review process must be made transparently and rigorously. Submissions authored by editors or editorial staff of the journal will be handled by another editor who has least COIs with the authors to minimize the bias.


Abstracting and Indexing 

To increase your searchability, Tech Science Press (TSP) journals are indexed by major abstracting and indexing databases. Please visit the Indexing and Abstracting page of each journal for a detailed information.


Article Processing Charges (APCs)

With all the journals published in full open access, TSP allows free and unrestricted access to the full text of academic articles for scholars from all over the world. Manuscripts once accepted for publication after peer-review will incur a processing fee. Please check the Article Process Charge page of each journal for specific APCs.


Conflicts of interest

TSP requires a declaration from all authors of a manuscript regarding any potential COIs that could be relevant to the integrity or reliability of the scientific and professional judgment presented therein, as well as that of otherwise unassociated studies in the same journal. Potential conflict, unless already declared, will be held in confidence while the paper is under review. If the article is accepted for publication, the potential conflict of interest will be included in the acknowledgments. If there is, in fact, no conflict of interest, the authors should state plainly.


General Peer-Review and Editorial Procedure 

TSP conducts single-blind peer review, which means the reviewer's name is NOT disclosed to the author. TSP relies on peer review to maintain the quality and validity of all articles and the journals that publish them. All manuscripts considered for publication in our journals, including invited papers, go through a stringent and thorough peer-review procedure. Upon the receipt of a new submission, the Managing Editor of the journal will firstly check its suitability (Initial Check) and assign it to a handling editor for pre-peer-review. Papers deemed suitable for peer review will then be sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers for academic assessment by the Editorial Office. Authors will be asked to make proper revisions (with a second round of peer-review if needed) as per reviewers’ comments. The final decision regarding acceptance or rejection will be made by the journal’s Editor(s)-in-Chief.


Editorial Decision

The decision regarding publication may take one of four forms.


  • Accept 

  • The paper is in principle accepted based on the reviewers’ comments. The decision to publish is not based solely on the scientific validity of an article’s content but may also take into account such considerations as its extent and importance.


  • Minor revisions 

  • The paper is to be accepted after it has undergone minor revisions specified in the reviewers’ comments. In this situation, authors have five days to complete the minor revisions along with point-by-point responses to the comments or to provide a rebuttal letter.


  • Major revisions 

  • The paper may be accepted provided that it is thoroughly revised. In this case as well, the authors must provide a point-by-point response or rebuttal to the comments, and the revised version is sent to the same reviewer for further comment.


  • Decline

  • Articles are rejected without the possibility of acceptance after revision when they are found to suffer from serious flaws and/or to make no substantial original contribution to the scholarship.

Decisions are communicated to the corresponding author in a formal letter, along with reviewer feedback and any other requirements from the journal office


Revisions

In the cases in which revisions are called for, then, authors are expected to provide point-by-point responses to the reviewers’ comments, especially in those instances in which they disagree with the comments. Usually author(s) will have a certain long time to resubmit the revised manuscript for both a major or a minor revision. In most cases, the revised manuscript is re-assigned to the original Editor(s). The editor(s) may make a new decision based on their own assessment of the revised manuscript and your response to reviewers, or request a new round of peer-review.


Transferring to Other Journals

Authors can request that submissions (with referee reports, if relevant) rejected from one TSP journal be transferred to another TSP journal for further consideration there. Manuscripts will never be transferred between the journals without an author’s consent. We trust that reviewers for any TSP journal are willing to have their reviews considered by the editors of another TSP journal.


Corrections and Retractions

TSP publishes corrections, retractions as appropriate. We follow the COPE guidelines where applicable.
A correction is a statement indicating the correction of an error or omission; for TSP, authors or readers may submit such a statement either through the journal’s online manuscript submission system or by sending an email to the journal’s editorial office (along with the submission ID). A retraction is a notice that a previously published paper should no longer be regarded as part of the published literature. Articles may be retracted by their author(s) or by the journal editor(s), or by the publisher. In all cases, the retraction should indicate the reason for the action and who is responsible for the decision. If a retraction is made without the unanimous agreement of the authors, that is also feasible and indicated.
Corrected and Retracted articles should not be removed from both online and print version of the journal (e.g., from libraries) nor from electronic archives, and their retracted status should be indicated as clearly as possible. Notice of correction and retraction is linked to the original article and is freely available to all readers.


Appeals

TSP allows for further discussion after either publication or rejection. Thus, authors may appeal a rejection or request an opportunity for post-publication revision by contacting the journal’s editorial office, though only in cases involving a major misunderstanding concerning either a technical aspect of the manuscript or the scientific advance demonstrated therein. When making such an appeal or request, authors must provide a detailed justification for their request or description of the situation, including point-by-point responses to the reviewers’ and/or editor’s comments. The journal’s managing editor then forwards the manuscript and related information (including the identities of the referees) to the responsible editor (either the editor-in-chief or, in the case of special issues, the guest editor), who renders a decision that is considered final and irreversible.

 

Manuscript Template

TSP requires specific formats for each of its journals. To avoid any time-consuming restructuring, we provide templates on the Author Instruction page of each journal. Authors are encouraged to read through the template and follow the guidelines in their manuscripts before submission.