Editorial Policy

All submitted manuscripts should be complete in themselves and adequately supported by experimental detail. Journal of Engineering & Processing Management will rigorously peer-review your submissions and publish all papers that are judged to be technically sound with findings that are novel, innovative, of significance and/or present new hypotheses; descriptions of new methods are acceptable. Members of the Editorial Board and other appropriate experts will referee the papers. Editors handling papers will independently make decisions on acceptance, revision, resubmission or rejection based on the referees’ reports. The Chief Editor or Editors will reject papers, with an immediate decision, that are outside the scope of the journal, lack significance or which they believe do not meet the required standards for other reasons. Authors who feel that there are substantial grounds for disagreement with an Editor’s decision should contact the Chief Editor, whose decision will be final. Authors who wish to withdraw their manuscript (at any stage of the process) should contact their Editor.

FOCUS AND SCOPE

Journal of Engineering & Processing Management is a peer-reviewed Open Access Journal that covers a broad range of topics in processing industry to be of interest and use to both researchers and practitioners.

The main objective of the Journal is presentation and discussion of the results that are directly linked to theoretical managing and engineering aspects in chemical and food processing industry, as well as in metallurgy, construction and industrial finishing. It also includes topics related to the environment and environmental protection. The authors from universities, research centers and industry are invited to submit papers and take part in the future issues of this publication.

Contributions on innovative developments in the areas of processing industry and materials science strongly related to sustainable development are especially welcome. The Editors especially solicit contributions which synthesize experimental and commercial studies yielding results with direct engineering significance.

Section Policies

  • Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (Open Submissions)
  • Process Systems Engineering (Open Submissions)
  • Environmental Engineering (Open Submissions)
  • Materials Synthesis and Processing (Open Submissions)
  • Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Engineering (Open Submissions)
  • Food Processing and Preservation (Open Submissions)
  • Food Engineering (Open Submissions)
  • Food Quality and Safety (Open Submissions)
  • Bioproducts Processing (Open Submissions)
  • Process Technology (Open Submissions)

PEER REVIEW PROCESS

All submissions to the journal are initially reviewed by one of the Editors for appropriateness and technical aspects such as compliance to the Author guidelines for manuscript preparation, and revision can be requested. At this stage, manuscripts may be rejected without peer review if it is felt that they are not of high enough priority or not relevant to the journal. This fast rejection process means that authors are given a quick decision and do not need to wait for the review process.

Manuscripts that are not instantly rejected are sent out for peer review, usually to two independent reviewers without disclosing the identities of the authors or other reviewers (Double blind peer review). The review results are confidentially delivered to the Editor, who then reviews the reviewer feedback to ensure the comments are relevant and non-discriminatory before sending the comments back to the authors. Based on the feedback from these reviewers and the Editors’ judgment a decision is given on the manuscript.

Nominated Reviewers

Authors are encouraged to suggest up to three persons competent to review their manuscript. When suggesting reviewers for manuscripts, members of the Editorial Board and/or Nominated Reviewers should have no close affiliation with the authors and should give an objective review of the manuscript.

Professional e-mail addresses must be provided, if available, rather than private e-mail addresses. The Editors retain the right to use their discretion to select reviewers they deem appropriate, which may or may not include those nominated by authors. The final choice of referees will remain entirely with the Editor. If authors would prefer a specific person not be a reviewer, this should be announced.

Revised Manuscripts

Manuscripts may be returned to authors for modification of the scientific content and/or for shortening and language corrections.

Authors are given a chance to make revisions to their manuscripts based on the feedback they receive. If a paper that is returned to the authors for amendment is not returned to the Editor in the revised form within one month after a minor and two months after a major revision, the paper will be regarded as withdrawn, unless a request for extension is made to the Editor dealing with the paper. Any revised version received after this deadline will be treated as a new, resubmitted manuscript.

Revised papers are sent back to the Editors who send the revised paper back to the original reviewers. Feedback from the second round of reviews is processed in the same way. The Editor may reject the manuscript if the suggested corrections are not implemented. In rare cases, authors are given a second chance to revise their papers should they not be found acceptable after the first revision.

The average time from submission to first decision is 2-3 weeks. If a paper is not acceptable in its present form, we will pass on suggestions for revisions to the author.

Resubmitted Manuscripts

If an extensive revision is required, including a requirement for additional experimental work or analysis, the manuscript may be rejected but with a recommendation to resubmit a substantially revised manuscript. A resubmitted manuscript should be submitted as a new manuscript but should include a letter outlining the revisions that have been made in response to the major criticisms of the original article. The article will be treated as a new submission, it will typically be edited by the Editor who dealt with the original manuscript, but may not necessarily be reviewed by the same referees.

PUBLICATION ETHICS AND MALPRACTICE

All parties: author, journal editor, peer reviewer and publisher should observe high standards with respect to publication ethics as set out by the Commission on Publication Ethics (COPE). Falsification or fabrication of data, plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the authors’ own work without proper citation, and misappropriation of the work are all unacceptable practices. Any cases of ethical misconduct are treated very seriously and will be dealt with in accordance with the COPE guidelines.

Authors Responsibilities

  • Authors warrant that their manuscript is their original work that it has not been published before and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

  • Authors warrant that the rights of third parties will not be violated and that the publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.

  • Authors are exclusively responsible for the contents of their submissions, the validity of the experimental results and must make sure that they have permission from all involved parties to make the data public.

  • Authors wishing to include figures or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright holder(s) 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.

  • Authors must make sure that all only contributors who have significantly contributed to the submission are listed as authors and, conversely, that all contributors who have significantly contributed to the submission are listed as authors.

  • It is the responsibility of each author to ensure that papers submitted to Journal of Engineering & Processing Management are written with ethical standards in mind and that they not contain plagiarism. Authors affirm that the article contains no unfounded or unlawful statements and does not violate the rights of others.

  • When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal Editor or publisher and cooperate with the Editor to retract or correct the paper.

Changes to Authorship

Authorship can be changed only before a manuscript is accepted for publication. A request to add or remove an author, or to rearrange the author names, must be sent to the Editor by the corresponding author. A request must include:

  • the reason the name should be added or removed or the author names rearranged and
  • written confirmation (e-mail, fax, letter) from all authors (including the author being added or removed) that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement.

If a request is incomplete the manuscript will be suspended until Editor is informed that authorship has been agreed.

Plagiarism

By submitting your manuscript to the journal it is understood that this it is an original manuscript and is unpublished work and is not under consideration elsewhere. Re-use of text, data, figures, or images without appropriate acknowledgment or permission is considered plagiarism, as is the paraphrasing of text, concepts, and ideas. All allegations of plagiarism are investigated thoroughly and in accordance with COPE guidelines detailed here.

Please note that all submissions are thoroughly checked for plagiarism. All submitted papers will be checked by iThenticate Plagiarism Detection Software (from 1st of April 2018).

Any paper which shows obvious signs of plagiarism will be automatically rejected and authors will be permanently or temporarily forbidden to publish in the journal.

Copyright

Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has not been published before (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, or thesis) and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

In order to reproduce any third party material, including tables, figures, or images, in an article authors must obtain permission from the copyright holder and be compliant with any requirements the copyright holder may have pertaining to this reuse.

Evidence in writing that such permissions have been secured from the rights-holder must be made available to the Editors. It is also the author's responsibility to include acknowledgments as stipulated by the particular institutions.

It is particularly important to clear permission for use in both the print and online versions of the journal, and we are not able to accept permissions which carry a time limit because we retain journal articles as part of our online journal archive.

Reviewers Responsibilities

  • Reviewers should support the editor in making editorial decisions, as well as, assist the author in improving the manuscript, throughout the editorial process.

  • The reviewer must notify the editor whenever feels unqualified to review properly the research reported in a manuscript or is not available to make the review within the stipulated time, so that the manuscript could be sent to another reviewer for evaluation.

  • Information contained in submitted manuscripts received for review must be kept confidential, and not shown or discussed with others, except if authorized or recommended by the editor.

  • Reviews of submitted manuscripts should be conducted objectively. Referees should express their opinions and address points of improvement with supporting arguments.

  • Reviewers must ensure that authors have cited all relevant sources of data used in the research and identify statements that had been previously reported in other sources and are not accompanied by the respective citation. Any similarity or overlap between the manuscripts under consideration or with any other published paper of which reviewer has personal knowledge must be instantly communicated to the editor.

  • Reviewers must not use for personal advantage any privileged information or ideas contained in the submitted manuscript sent for peer review. Reviewers should not accept to review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the submitted work.

Editorial Responsibilities

  • The Editor is responsible for deciding which manuscripts submitted to Journal of Engineering & Processing Management will be published. The Editor is guided by the policies of the journal's Editorial Board and constrained by legal requirements in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.

  • Editors must hold no conflict of interest with regard to the manuscripts they consider for publication. If an Editor feels that there is likely to be a perception of a conflict of interest in relation to their handling of a submission, the selection of reviewers and all decisions on the manuscripts shall be made by the Editorial Board. Editors have a responsibility to protect the anonymity of reviewers as per the highest academic standards.

  • Editors shall evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content free from any racial, gender, sexual, religious, ethnic, or political bias.

  • Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Journal of Engineering & Processing Management Editorial Board requires a declaration of any conflict of interest upon submission online. If the manuscript is published, conflict of interest information will be communicated in a statement in the published paper.

WITHDRAWAL AND RETRACTION POLICY

Standards for dealing with withdrawals or retractions have been developed by a number of library and scholarly bodies, and this practice has been adopted for paper withdrawal or retraction by Journal of Engineering & Processing Management.

In the electronic version of the original paper, a link is made to the withdrawal (retraction) note where it is clearly stated that the paper has been withdrawn (retracted). The original paper is retained unchanged; save for a watermark on the PDF indicating on each page that it is "withdrawn" or “retracted.”

OPEN ACCESS POLICY

Journal of Engineering & Processing Management is built upon the principles of Open Access and is determined to provide free and unrestricted access to research articles to scientists around the world for the advancement of science and technology. All content published in Journal of Engineering & Processing Management is immediately made freely available online under an open access model under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0).

Publication Frequency

Journal of Engineering & Processing Management will be published semiannually, One Volume, 2 Issues per year.

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

Self-archiving Policy

Journal of Engineering & Processing Management allows authors to deposit Publisher's version/PDF (not OnLine-First version) in an institutional repository and non-commercial repositories or to publish it on Author's personal website (including social networking sites, such as ResearchGate, Academia.edu, etc.) and/or departmental website, at any time after publication.

MATERIAL DISCLAIMER

The opinions expressed in Journal of Engineering & Processing Management are those of the authors and contributors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Editors, the Editorial Board, the Faculty of Technology, University of East Sarajevo or the organization to which the authors are affiliated.

The Editor assumes no responsibility whatsoever, direct or implied, for the contents of the papers as well as for the consequences arising from misinterpretation or unawareness of the requirements for publication or any damages suffered by co-authors from actions or inactions of their corresponding author.

PRIVACY STATEMENT

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.