Journal of Irrigation and Drainage is committed to meeting the international ethical standards at all stages of the publication process. In accordance with the relevant guidelines published by the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE) and combined with the actual situation of the journal, we have formulated the ethical standards for the publication of the journal and asked all authors, editors and reviewers to strictly follow:
1. Responsibilities of Authors
(1) Authors should ensure the originality of the manuscript, and research results of others used in the content should be indicated and cited as appropriate. Academic misconduct including multiple submission, plagiarism, fabricated data, and redundant publishing are strictly forbidden. Manuscripts should not involve any confidentiality issues, and the authorship and affiliations of the authors should be uncontroversial. There should be no intellectual property disputes, and all necessary permissions should be obtained.
(2) Authorship criteria: Authorship should include all those who participate in the research work and can answer relevant questions. All authors must have made substantial contributions to the work related to the research or manuscript, including conception and design of the study, acquisition of data, analysis and interpretation of data; drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; or final approval of the version to be submitted.
(3) Changes to authorship: Once the “Copyright Transfer Agreement” is signed, the Editorial Office generally does not accept the request for changes on the information of any authors or their institutions; If it is necessary to change, an application signed by all authors and sealed by their institutions shall be submitted. The application must specify the reasons for the change. When adding or deleting authors, the application should also include the confirmation of the added or deleted authors.
(4) Authors should declare individual contributions and disclose all conflicts of interest. All authors should fill up and submit the Declaration of Authors (including Conflict of Interest Statement and Author Contribution Statement), so as to ensure that each author has made material contributions to the manuscript, and no gift author exists, and all conflicts of interest involved have been explicitly disclosed. When the financing/personal status/affiliation of authors (or authors' institution/employer) may bias authors' decision, work or manuscript, underlying conflict of interest might exist. Authors should also disclose conflicts of interest with products that compete with those mentioned in their manuscripts.
2. Responsibility of Editors
(1) Editors should handle all submitted manuscripts equally and objectively. Any decision to accept or reject a manuscript should be made on the basis of its research scope, novelty, and academic merit.
(2) Editors should strictly follow the review process of the journal and keep an authentic review record. In addition, editors are obliged to maintain the confidentiality of authors' and reviewers' personal information, research results in manuscripts, and additional materials in the review process.
(3) Editors are responsible for avoiding any academic misconduct and conducting test on all submitted manuscripts for repetition rate as required by the Editorial Office.
(4) Editors should provide authors with detailed revision comments or specified reasons for rejection. Review comments should be forwarded to authors in an objective manner without verbal attacks or judgments on reviewers or authors.
(5) In the process of publication, editors should follow publishing standards and respect authors' opinions and writing styles. Authors' permission should be obtained to revise critical information, such as scientific opinions.
(6) For manuscripts submitted by the Editorial Board Members or editors of the journal, editors should ensure that they must follow all the review and editing procedures of the journal.
3. Responsibilities of Reviewers
(1) Reviewers should make an honest, objective, and impartial evaluation on all submitted manuscripts so as to uphold academic integrity and respect academic freedom. In addition, reviewers shall not discriminate against authors on the basis of nationality, institution, ethnicity, religious beliefs, political beliefs, gender, etc., and shall not divulge any research details in the manuscripts.
(2) If there is a conflict of interest between reviewers and authors, for example, they have kinship, teacher-student relationship, alumni relationship, working relationship, or competitive relationship, reviewers should consult with the Editorial Office in a timely manner for further suggestions.
(3) In situations where reviewers' research is similar to that of the manuscript under review, reviewers should not make unfounded or malicious judgments and should avoid making unfounded accusations.
(4) Reviewers should finish their review on manuscripts in time, and should notify the Editorial Office in a timely manner if they are unable to finish their work on time. Reviewers have the right to recommend other reviewers to the Editorial Office. However, without the Editorial Office' s permission, reviewers should not entrust their review work to their students, colleagues, etc.
(5) If a reviewer encounters a previously reviewed manuscript, he or she is obliged to inform the Editorial Office of the situation.
4. Academic Misconduct
The journal only accepts original research works that have not been published in or submitted to other journals. Academic misconduct, including plagiarism, fabricated data, multiple submissions, redundant publications, is strictly prohibited. Manuscripts found with the above academic misconduct would be rejected, and the author will be warned and listed in the "List of Academic Misconduct Authors" of the journal. The Editorial Office will place emphasis on reviewing the subsequent submissions of relevant authors.
5. Correction and Retraction Policy
The Editorial Office will correct or retract published articles in the following cases:
Correction: If honest scientific errors are found in a published article that do not materially affect the results and conclusions of the research, the editors will publish corrections in the journal as soon as possible, detailing the changes made to the original article and indicating the source of the article. The journal will publish the corrected version of the article, specifying the changes made to the original article and the date of the update. The superseded version is also archived. Readers may obtain it directly, but only the latest version of the article should be used for citation.
Retraction: The Editorial Office will retract published articles and issue retraction statements in the following cases:
(1) If an article is found to contain serious scientific errors that render the results and conclusions of the article unreliable;
(2) For articles suspected of academic misconduct, such as plagiarism and fabrication of data, the Editorial Office will initiate an investigation and issue a statement to inform readers of the risks associated with the article. Once the investigation is complete, the results will be made public. If it is confirmed that the article involves academic misconduct, the Editorial Office will retract the article and issue a retraction statement.
The journal accepts appeals from authors. If authors disagree with the review comments or results, they can submit a written appeal to the Editorial Office via email (email@example.com). Authors must provide a detailed explanation for each review comment. Upon receipt of the appeal letter, the Editorial Office will investigate and address it as soon as possible and the result will be fed back to the author.
7. Discussion on Published Articles
We encourage authors and readers to make discussion on the published articles. Comments can be sent to the journal's email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Editorial Office will deal with it as soon as possible and give feedback as appropriate. We welcome readers and authors to actively provide their comments on the articles to the journal, which can help us to create a positive academic environment.
Journal of Irrigation and Drainage accepts advertisements related to water-saving irrigation, economic benefits of water conservancy, irrigation technology and equipment, water and soil resources and water environment, agriculture water conservancy engineering, etc. The advertising requirements are as follows:
Advertisers should ensure the authenticity of advertising content. The journal will verify relevant documentation and advertisement contents according to the Advertising Law and other relevant laws and regulations. Advertisements whose contents are inconsistent with the actual situation or whose documentation are incomplete will not be published.
Advertisements are mainly published on the back cover of the printed journal, which is isolated from the academic articles published in this journal. Advertisement placement will be discussed and decided collaboratively at the working meeting of the Editorial Office. The journal solemnly declares that the advertisements are completely separate from the academic articles published in the journal, and the publication of advertisements will not influence the editorial or acceptance decisions for any submissions to the journal.