INSTRUCTIONS

INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS:

Radiation Physics and Engineering publishes articles broadly concerned with the Nuclear science (Physics/Chemistry/Engineering/Medicine/Biology). The articles may be experimental or theoretical.

Article Types and Page Limits

In most cases, we do not impose strict limits on word count or page number.

Submissions may be in the form of a research article (original paper) or a review article. A research article is a report of original experimental or theoretical research. A review article is an authoritative review of a subject important to the field of Nuclear science. These articles may be either invited or proffered.

Ethical Responsibilities of Authors:

Authors should observe the following codes of conduct when they intend to submit/publish a paper. Maintaining integrity of the research and its presentation can be achieved by following the rules of good scientific practice, which include:

  • The manuscript has not been submitted to more than one journal for simultaneous consideration.
  • The manuscript has not been published previously (partly or in full), unless the new work concerns an expansion of previous work (please provide transparency on the re-use of material to avoid the hint of text-recycling (“self-plagiarism”)).
  • A single study is not split up into several parts to increase the quantity of submissions and submitted to various journals or to one journal over time.
  • No data have been fabricated or manipulated (including images) to support your conclusions.
  • No data, text, or theories by others are presented as if they were the author’s own (“plagiarism”). Proper acknowledgements to other works must be given (this includes material that is closely copied (near verbatim), summarized and/or paraphrased), quotation marks are used for verbatim copying of material, and permissions are secured for material that is copyrighted.
  • Important note: the journal may use software to screen for plagiarism. The plagiarism is checked through two methods: reviewer check and plagiarism prevention tool (iThenticate). All submissions will be checked by online software before being sent to reviewers.
  • Consent to submit has been received explicitly from all co-authors, as well as from the responsible authorities - tacitly or explicitly - at the institute/organization where the work has been carried out, before the work is submitted.
  • Authors whose names appear on the submission have contributed sufficiently to the scientific work and therefore share collective responsibility and accountability for the results.
  • Changes of authorship or in the order of authors are not accepted after acceptance of a manuscript. Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the journal Editor. To request such a change, the corresponding author is required to send the completed signed change of authorship form (http://rpe.kntu.ac.ir/data/rpe/news/change_of_authorship_form_RPE.docx).

Copyright and Permission:

Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

All authors must sign the 'Transfer of Copyright' agreement before the article can be published. This transfer agreement enables RPE to protect the copyrighted material for the authors, without the author relinquishing his/her proprietary rights. The copyright transfer covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article. It also includes the right to adapt the article for use in conjunction with computer systems and programs, including reproduction or publication in machine-readable form and incorporation in retrieval systems. Authors are responsible for obtaining from the copyright holder permission to reproduce any material for which copyright already exists. Also, they agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

English Language Editing:

 For editors and reviewers to accurately assess the work presented in your manuscript you need to ensure the English language is of sufficient quality to be understood. If you need help with writing in English you should ask a colleague who is a native English speaker to review your manuscript for clarity or visit the English language tutorial which covers the common mistakes when writing in English.

 Radiation Physics and Engineering is read by scientists from diverse backgrounds. In addition, many are not native English speakers. Authors should, therefore, give careful thought to how their findings may be communicated clearly. Although a shared basic knowledge of science may be assumed, please bear in mind that the language and concepts that are standard in one field may be unfamiliar to non-specialists. Thus, technical jargon should be avoided and clearly explained where its use is unavoidable.

After acceptance of a manuscript, it will be checked by our copyeditors for spelling and formal style before publication. Please note that if an accepted article needs a language editing service, the authors are asked to pay charge (3€ for each page).

Complaint Process

 RPE’s process for authors to submit a complaint

Before submitting manuscript, authors are requested to carefully read all the guidelines and policies regarding processing and publication of the manuscript. RPE considers complaints as an opportunity to enhance the existing manuscript processing system.

How to complaint?

The authors can raise their complaints and ask explanations in the case of misconduct in policies and ethical guidelines by submitting a letter to: rpe@kntu.ac.ir

The complaints may be about any issues related to Plagiarism/Copyright violation/Deceiving in research results or wrong research results/Unrevealed conflicts of interests/Unusually late time for manuscript processing.

Once a complaint is received, at first an acknowledgement letter is sent to the complainant with assurance that appropriate action will be applied on complaint in reasonable time. The investigation process is initiated according to the directions of Editor in Chief. After the investigation process is over, the decision is taken in and is informed to the complainant through email.