Authors should present an accurate account of their work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain significant detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are therefore unacceptable. The expected duties of authors are:

  • to agree with the conference’s open access policy which allows unrestricted access and reuse of all published articles
  • authors should retain the raw data of their submitted manuscripts in order to provide them for editorial review, upon request by the editor or reviewer.
  • to ensure that they have written an entirely original article, and if they have used the paper and/or papers of others, that the citations or quotations are accurately written
  • not to use plagiarism in any form. Plagiarism takes many forms, from 'passing off' another's paper as the author's own paper, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another's paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others
  • not to submit the same research in more than one primary publication. Submission of the same manuscript in several publications concurrently constitutes an unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.
  • to make proper acknowledgment of the work of others
  • to limit authorship to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study
  • to disclose any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed as influencing the results or interpretation of their manuscript
  • to notify the editor or the publisher when discovering a significant error or inaccuracy in published paper, to retract or correct the paper
  • to use the publisher's PDF if self-archiving the paper and to include a link to the publisher's website 
  • manuscripts must be edited in accordance with the submission guidelines of the proceedings.

Author rights in ToSEE conference proceedings proprietary:

  • retain the rights to the unrestricted use of their research data
  • receive proper attribution and credit for their published paper
  • re-use their own material in new works without permission or payment
  • use and share their works for scholarly purposes
  • publicly share the accepted manuscript on non-commercial sites
  • publicly share the final published article.


Expected duties and responsibilities of the reviewers are:

  • to assist the editors in making editorial decisions and to assist the author in improving the paper
  • to notify the editors of the availability for prompt reviews
  • to handle the manuscripts as confidential documents
  • to conduct reviews objectively and express views clearly and with supporting arguments
  • to identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors
  • to inform the editor about any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript and any other paper
  • not to use materials disclosed in a manuscript in their own research without the written consent of the author.
  • to keep privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review confidential
  • not to consider manuscripts in which they have a conflict of interest.

The reviewers should observe carefully the following criteria:

  1. Expertise:Papers are not always sent to a reviewer whose field is identical to the subject matter of that paper. You do not have to be precisely qualified in a field to be a constructive reviewer. In fact, quite the contrary, an excellent paper will speak beyond its narrowly defined field. However, if a paper is so distant from your field that you do not feel qualified to judge its merits, please return it to the publishing manager for the journal, who will locate another reviewer.
  2. Confidentiality:Reviewers receive unpublished work which must be treated as confidential until published. Reviewers must not disclose to others which papers they have reviewed; nor are they to share those papers with any other person.
  3. Conflict of Interest:Reviewers must declare any conflict of interest or any other factor, which may affect their independence - for instance, if they have received a paper of a colleague or an intellectual opponent. In cases of conflict of interest, please notify the editorial team of your inability to review a particular paper.
  4. Intellectual Merit: A paper must be judged on its intellectual merits alone. Personal criticism or criticism based solely on the political or social views of the reviewer, is not acceptable.
  5. Full Explanation:Critical or negative judgments must be fully supported by detailed reference to evidence from the paper under review or other relevant sources.
  6. Plagiarism and Copyright:If a reviewer considers that a paper may contain plagiarism or that it might breach another party's copyright, they should notify the editors, providing the relevant citations to support their claim.
  7. Responsiveness:Reviewers are asked to return their reports within four weeks.

In addition, peer reviewers should be aware of all other detailed COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers ( and use them in the review process.


Editor(s) and members of the proceedings editorial board are committed to fair and professional behaviour in all aspects of publishing operations to publish original high-quality papers that have value to the scientific community according to the highest possible standards. Accordingly, similar standards from the reviewers and authors are expected. Honesty, originality, and fair dealing on the part of authors, and fairness, objectivity and confidentiality on the part of editors and reviewers are among the critical values in achieving the set aim.

In conjunction with the publisher, the Editor(s)-in-chief should take reasonable, responsive measures when ethical complaints have been made concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper. Such measures will generally include contacting the authors of the manuscript or published paper and giving due consideration to the respective complaint or claims made, but may also include further communication to the relevant institutions and research bodies. If the complaint is upheld, the publication of a correction, retraction, expression of concern, or another relevant note has to be made. Every reported act of unethical publishing behaviour must be considered, even if it is discovered years after publication.

Editor(s)-in-chief should be accountable for everything published in the conference proceedings. This means that the editor(s)-in-chief should:

  • strive to meet the needs of readers and authors
  • have processes in place to assure the quality of the papers that will be published
  • champion and encourage freedom of expression
  • maintain the integrity of the academic record
  • support initiatives to reduce academic misconduct
  • inform researchers about publication ethics
  • preclude business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards
  • always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed
  • strive to constantly improve the quality of the conference proceedings.

Editor(s)-in-chief of the conference proceedings:

  • are accountable and should take responsibility for everything they publish
  • should make fair and unbiased decisions, independent of commercial considerations and should ensure a fair and appropriate peer review process
  • must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial members, and the publisher
  • should adopt editorial policies that encourage maximum transparency and complete, honest reporting
  • ought to guard the integrity of the published record by issuing corrections and retractions when needed and pursuing suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct
  • should pursue reviewer and editorial misconduct
  • need to make it clear to peer reviewers and authors what is expected of them
  • must not use unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript in the editor's own research without the express written consent of the author
  • keep confidential privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review and not use them for personal advantage
  • recuse her/himself from considering manuscripts in which he/she has conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers
  • need to require all contributors to disclose relevant competing interests and publish corrections if competing interests are revealed after publication. If needed, other appropriate action should be taken, such as rejection, publication of a retraction or expression of concern
  • should apply appropriate policies in place for handling editorial conflicts of interest, in accordance with COPE guidelines
  • need to take all responsible steps to ensure the quality of the material published, by having systems in place to detect falsified data and basing decisions about the proceedings of the conference on relevant evidence of factors that raise the quality of the conference.

Editor(s)in-Chief  are obliged to consult the editorial board members to gauge their opinions about the running of the conference proceedings, inform them of any changes to the policies of the conference proceedings and identify future challenges.

Editors-in-Chief  have the right to update the list of Editorial board members according to the needs of the conference proceedings.


The publisher will establish a suitably qualified editorial board whose members can actively contribute to the development and good management of the conference proceedings. The members of the Editorial board are aware of their role of membership in the proceedings of the conference. Their expected activities and duties are:

  • to act as ambassadors of the conference proceedings
  • to support and promote the conference proceedings
  • to select the best authors and best paper and actively encourage submissions
  • to actively attend and contribute to editorial board meetings
  • to assess the effects of their conference proceedings policies on author and reviewer behaviour and revising policies, as well as to encourage responsible behaviour and discourage misconduct
  • to ensure that all press releases issued by this conference proceedings reflect the message of the reported article and put it into a context.

Conference proceedings editors of ToSEE uphold the highest standards of publication ethics and take all possible measures against any publication malpractices. Editors will adopt procedures to detect plagiarism in reported items and take appropriate action (according to COPE: