Ethics Code of the Journal ELECTROTECHNICA & ELECTRONICA, (E+E)

The Journal “Electrotechnica & Electronica”, E+E, published by CEEC, is committed to following the Code of Conduct and Best Practices Guidelines of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics). Our editors have the duty to follow Cope Guidance for Editors and our peer-reviewers must follow COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers.

Section I: Publication

1. By submitting a paper to “ELECTROTECHNICA & ELECTRONICA”, E+E, the author accepts this Publication ethics and malpractice statement and agrees to follow the guidelines stipulated by COPE.
2. All papers submitted to “ELECTROTECHNICA & ELECTRONICA”, E+E, are subject of a peer-review process by at least two reviewers, experts in the field of the submitted paper.
3. The criteria taken into account in the review process are manuscript’s quality, significance, originality, innovation, relevance, and language.
4. Possible decisions taken by the “ELECTROTECHNICA & ELECTRONICA”, E+E, Editorial Board are acceptance, acceptance with revisions, or rejection.
5. There is no guarantee that a revised paper will be accepted.

Section II: Authorship

1. All papers submitted to “ELECTROTECHNICA & ELECTRONICA”, E+E, should have a relevant list of references.
2. The author should mention the financial support obtained from any institutions.
3. All “ELECTROTECHNICA & ELECTRONICA”, E+E, papers should be original. Plagiarism in any form and fraudulent data are not acceptable.

Section III: Authors’ responsibilities

1. Authors must ensure that:
• their papers are their original work;
• their papers have not previously been published elsewhere;
• all sources used in the creation of their papers are identified;
• all data in the papers are real and authentic;
• all authors (in case of co-authorship) have significantly contributed to the research.
2. Authors are also obliged to:
• participate in the peer review process;
• make plausible revisions that have been suggested by the reviewers.
3. When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to notify the publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.
4. Authors must notify the Editors of any conflicts of interest.

Section IV: Reviewers’ responsibilities

1. Reviews should be conducted objectively, fairly, without prejudice, with no personal criticism of the author.
2. Reviewed papers should be treated confidentially.
3. Reviewers should:
• be academically qualified to review the paper;
• have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, any of the authors, research sponsors, companies or institutions;
• express their views clearly with supporting arguments;
• identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors and/or bears substantial similarity between the manuscript under consideration and other published papers.

Section V: Editors’ responsibilities

1. Editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject or accept a paper.
2. Editors are responsible for the contents and overall quality of the publication.
3. Editors should:
• have no conflict of interest with respect to papers they reject or accept;
• guarantee the quality of papers;
• only accept a paper when reasonably certain;
• preserve the anonymity of reviewers;
• ensure that all papers they publish conform to internationally accepted ethical guidelines;
• promote publication of correction or retraction, when errors are found.
4. The Editor-in-Chief of “ELECTROTECHNICA & ELECTRONICA”, E+E, has the authority to take final decisions on the acceptance and rejection of a submitted paper after examining the reviews and consulting other editorial board members when appropriate. The Editor-in-Chief should not use any prejudice against authors and should not have any conflict of interest with respect to papers under consideration.

Section VI: Publishing ethics issues

The Editor-in-Chief, the Editorial Board members, the Advisory Board members, and the publishing staff of “ELECTROTECHNICA & ELECTRONICA”, E+E, are committed to:
1. safeguarding the publishing ethics;
2. maintaining high levels of intellectual and scientific standards, without the interference of commercial revenue and business needs;
3. protecting and enhancing the peer review process;
4. publishing corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed;
5. working closely with other publishers;
6. ensuring that plagiarism and fraudulent data are not tolerated.

Section VII: Reporting ethical issues

When a reader discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in a paper published by CEEC, or have any other complaint about editorial content (plagiarism, duplicate papers, etc.), he/she should make a complaint by e-mail to: epluse@ceec.bg. CEEC welcomes constructive criticism as it provides an opportunity for improvement. The editorial staff aims to respond quickly, in a responsible manner to all comments.