Ethical Policy

All event organizers and corresponding authors are requested to confirm they have read and understand this policy when they submit to their articles to this proceedings journal.

The publisher reserves the right to refuse to publish any content that, in its opinion, could be deemed distasteful or illegal including, but not limited to, libellous, defamatory, offensive or hate speech.

For organizers:

  • The organizer is responsible to ensure that all submitted articles for publication process are in line with the scope of the proceedings journal and of acceptable standard. The Publisher reserves the right to reject any articles that are deemed unsuitable according to the publication standard.

  • All submitted articles must undergo peer-review by at least two reviewers who are expert in the field. The organizer is responsible to ensure that all appointed reviewers have no conflicts of interest with the topic of the assigned article or its authors. All submitted reviews also need to be written according to appropriate standards.

  • The organizer is responsible to pay the publication fees to the Publisher before the publication process is started. We do not accept payment from individual authors. Charges for retracted articles after the publication process has started will not be refunded.

For authors:

  • The corresponding author is responsible to ensure that all named authors have consented to submission to this proceedings journal, approved the submitted version of the article, and all further revisions.

  • The corresponding author is responsible to ensure the submitted article is not under consideration by any other journal or publication at the time of submission.

  • The corresponding author is responsible to ensure the contact details for all co-authors are correctly entered into the submission system, and are correct at the time of submission.

  • Any changes to authorship during the publication process is not allowed.

  • AI Chatbots or Large Language Models (LLMs) do not meet the minimum authorship criteria set out by the Publisher.

  • Authors have a responsibility to fully acknowledge the work of others (be it published or unpublished) that is used in their research and to cite publications that have influenced the direction and course of their study. All sources for the article must be clearly disclosed and permissions obtained from the original authors (and original publishers if they hold the copyright) for any figures or significant extracts that are to be reproduced or quoted. Collection of such permissions is the responsibility of the authors.

  • Submitted articles must be the authors’ own work, expressed in their own words. It should be noted that text recycling occurs when authors publish sections of the same text in more than one of their own publications. Authors should always be clear and cite any re-used text in the manuscript, respecting relevant copyright conventions and permission requirements. The Publisher routinely screens submissions for originality and reserves the right to reject submissions with high plagiarism score.

For reviewers:

  • To uphold impartiality, reviewers should consider any potential conflict of interest before agreeing to review and should decline. If you are unable to act as a reviewer due to a conflict of interest, the organizer will select an alternative reviewer.

  • Reviewers are expected to perform the review of the work themselves. Submitting a review in the name of another person (real or fictional) is misconduct and will not be tolerated. The Publisher has the right to request proof of identity in cases where identity fraud or impersonation is alleged or suspected.

  • Reviewer names are kept strictly confidential. Reviewer identities may only be disclosed to journal Editorial Board members, who are also instructed to maintain confidentiality. You should not disclose your identity to the authors, including sending reports directly to the authors. Furthermore, do not discuss the papers you have reviewed with colleagues unless they have been published.

For editors:

  • The editors must not disclose any information about a submitted articles to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisors, and the Publisher, as appropriate.

  • The editors are responsible to decide which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. Editors evaluate submitted articles exclusively on the basis of their academic merit (importance, originality, study’s validity, clarity) and its relevance to the scope of the proceedings journal, without regard to the authors’ race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, citizenship, religious belief, political philosophy or institutional affiliation. The editors should ensure that all submitted articles being considered for publication undergo peer-review by at least two reviewers who are expert in the field.

  • The editors should guard the integrity of the published record by issuing corrections and retractions when needed and pursuing suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct.