Papers that have been published or submitted to other journals, conferences, or
books will not be considered for publication in the Journal of Communications
Software and Systems (JCOMSS). Revised and extended versions of papers printed
in conference/symposium/workshop proceedings may be submitted to the journal
with an appropriate cover note. Submission of an original manuscript to the
Journal will be taken to mean that it represents original work not previously
published, that it is not being considered elsewhere for publication; that the
author is willing to assign copyright to the journal as per a contract that
will be sent to the author just prior to publication and, if accepted for
publication, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in any
language, without the consent of the editor. Authors may make their papers
available on their own web sites, with an acknowledgement of the journal board
copyright. Authors must take full responsibility for all figures, etc. and
present them as camera-ready copy.
Authors must not use the words, figures, or ideas of others without
attribution. All sources must be cited at the point they are used, and reuse of
wording must be limited and be attributed or quoted in the text. If authors
have used their own previously published work, or work that is currently under
review, as the basis for a submitted manuscript, they must cite the previous
articles and indicate how their submitted manuscript differs from their
previous work. If the similarity score of the manuscript is too high and if
there are “copy paste“ blocks, authors are required to reduce “copy paste”
actions. Such text blocks should be revised in a way that only the most
important sentences/eqs/figs/tables for the journal paper can be reproduced,
however by citing the source. Authors are requested to cite and discuss the
relationship with all published articles.
NOTE: The similarity score of the manuscript is checked with the Crossref
Similarity Check system to detect submissions that overlap with published and
Authorship and Acknowledgements
It is supposed that all listed authors significantly contributed to the
research in the manuscript and agreed to be an author. Changes in authorship
must be declared to the journal and agreed with all authors. Anyone who
contributed to the research or manuscript preparation, but is not an author,
should be acknowledged by permission.
Conflicts of interest
Conflicts of interest arise when non research issues noticeably affect the
neutrality or objectivity of the work or its assessment.
Some general conflicts can be mentioned as follows:
Conflicts include the following:
- funding including other payments or services received or expected by the
authors relating to the subject of the work or from an organization with an
interest in the outcome of the work
- being employed by, on the advisory board for, or a member of an organization
with an interest in the outcome of the work
- patents or trademarks owned by someone or their organization
- friends, family, relationships, and other close personal connections
- competitors or someone whose work is critiqued.
Authors must consider all potential conflicts of interest. If there are none,
the authors should in the copyright form check “The author(s) declare(s) that
there are no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.”
Corresponding author is responsible for co-authors declaring their interests.
Authors can declare potential conflicts of interest which will be considered by the editor and the reviewers.
Editors and reviewers should consider involving in the process in the following
- co-authoring publications or other works with any of the authors,
- sharing an affiliation with any of the authors,
- collaborating with any of the authoirs,
- financial interest in the subject of the work,
- feel unable to be objective.
Reviewers must declare any questionable interests in the response to “Article
Review Request” letter., which will be considered by the editor.
Editors and reviewers must not ask authors in the review comments to include
references merely to increase citations to their own or an associate’s work, to
the journal, or to another journal they are associated with.
Organizers of the Special Issue: Conflicts of Interest
- A member of the of Guest editor (GE) team can be (co)author of no more than 3 papers in total in the special issue.
- The paper submitted by GE will be handled by the JCOMSS chief editor(s), directly or appointing an Area editor (AE) to handle the paper.
- To ensure a high-quality special issue and to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, the GEs are reminded that all scientists including: a person in the same organization as any of the authors, a research collaborator of any of the authors, or any people closely related to any of the authors, should be excepted from the review process.
If a GE member is in any of the above categories, that GE member should not handle a paper and another GE member should be selected. If all the GEs fall into the above categories for a particular paper, the JCOMSS chief editor(s) should handle the review of the paper.