1- SUBMISSION PROCESS AND ONLINE SYSTEM
TDSR accepts manuscripts on a rolling basis using an initial submissions system operated through Oxford Abstracts (https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/stages/157/submission). Please refer to the Guidelines for the Preparation of Manuscripts on the TDSR website. TDSR does NOTcharge authors a fee for submitting manuscripts through the submission portal, nor does it charge them if an article is accepted for publication.
2- REVIEW PROCESS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF EDITORIAL TEAM
All manuscripts submitted to TDSR are evaluated through a double-blind peer-review process.
Duties of the Editor-in-Chief
Publication Decisions: The Editor-in-Chief is ultimately responsible for deciding on accepting, rejecting, or requesting modifications to manuscripts. The Editor-in-Chief may require multiple rounds of reviews and modifications and reserves the right to edit, clarify or shorten the manuscript as deemed necessary.
Fair Review: The Editor-in-Chief ensures that each manuscript submitted is reviewed for its intellectual content without regard to the author’s race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship or political philosophy, and that decisions are based on the manuscript’s importance, originality, clarity, and relevance to the journal’s scope.
Confidentiality: The Editor-in-Chief ensures that information regarding manuscripts submitted by the authors is kept confidential.
Conflicts of Interest: The Editor-in-Chief ensures a fair review of all papers and books submitted to the journal and works to eliminate any possible conflict of interest between authors and reviewers.
Duties of the Managing Editor
Management of Submissions: The Managing Editor monitors the weekly and monthly submissions on the Oxford Abstract system and creates an agenda for discussion in a monthly meeting with the Editor-in-Chief. At these meetings decisions are made to send each paper submitted to a member of the TDSR Editorial Council and/or editorial advisors for peer review based on regional or disciplinary specialty. If such a specialty does not exist within this relatively large group, the Editor-in-Chief will suggest alternate reviewers.
Communication: The Managing Editor communicates with all authors and reviewers on the behalf of the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Council regarding decisions to accept, reject, or request modifications to manuscripts.
Book Reviews: The Managing Editor communicates with book publishers regarding book reviews and consults with selected members of the Editorial Council and other experts about assigning reviewers for these books, with the Editor-in-Chief making a final reviewer selection.
Conflicts of Interest: The Managing Editor works with the Editor-in-Chief to ensure a fair review of books and eliminate any possible conflicts of interest between book authors and reviewers.
Duties of Authors Submitting Papers
Publication Guidelines: Authors must follow the submission guidelines for the journal.
Originality, Plagiarism and Acknowledgement: Authors must ensure that the work they are submitting as theirs is entirely original. Authors must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere. Authors will appropriately cite or quote the work and/or words of others. Authors sign a declaration stating that the manuscript and the illustrations within it are original, or that he/she has taken all the necessary steps to avoid breach of copyright.
Multiple Submissions: Authors must certify that the manuscript is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere.
Authorship: All authors mentioned in a manuscript must have significantly contributed to it. The submitting author ensures that all contributing co- authors are included on the author list and that and no uninvolved person(s) are included.
Conflict of Interest: Authors must notify the editors of any conflicts of interest that may be construed to influence the manuscript.
Fundamental Errors: Authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes at any point in time if the author(s) discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in a submitted manuscript.
Confidentiality: Reviewers must keep all manuscripts received confidential.
Acknowledgement of Sources: Reviewers must ensure that authors have cited all relevant published work referred to in the paper in the endnotes and bibliography. Reviewers will bring to the editor’s attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript and any other published paper they are aware of.
Standards of Objectivity: Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate.
Supporting Argument: Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
Conflicts of Interest: Reviewers should not 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 associated with the manuscript(s).
Promptness: If a reviewer feels it is not possible for him/her to complete the review of a manuscript within the stipulated time, he/she should notify the editor in a timely manner and withdraw from the review process.
3- COPYRIGHT, LICENSING AND MARKETING
Copyright and Licensing: IASTE-TDSR Corp. retains the copyright for all material published in the journal. Accepted authors license to the journal the right of first publication. A statement to this effect is included in the permission to publish form that individual authors must sign before their work is published in the journal.
Access: All issues of the journal are made accessible to any individual or institution that is an individual or an institutional member of IASTE. All individuals through their institutions that subscribe to JSTOR also have automatic access to the journal upon its publication. All issues of the journal that are more than one year old are posted on the TDSR website and are made available for public access under the terms of a Creative Commons License with the approval of all contributors.
Marketing: TDSR does not engage in marketing any products and does not accept any advertisement for inclusion in regular issues of the journal.