Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Chimica Techno Acta is a peer-reviewed, international open access journal devoted to pure and applied chemical research. It has an intentionally broad scope covering all chemical sciences, but gives preference to studies of materials for various practical applications, including, but not limited to, energy storage and conversion, chemical plant process improvements, ecology, sustainability, and medical applications. Along with Articles and Letters to Editor, Chimica Techno Acta also publishes Reviews, brief reports on relevant symposiums, and commemoratives, dedicated to prominent chemists.

 

Section Policies

Articles

Articles (full papers) contain previously unpublished original theoretical and/or experimental scientific work in fields of pure and applied chemistry. Articles should not exceed 15 printed journal pages.

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Letters to Editor

Letters to Editor (brief communications) contain novel scientific work of such importance that rapid publication is desirable. Only those results which are essential for understanding the main conclusions should be presented. The recommended length is 3-4 printed journal pages.

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Reviews

Reviews and minireviews should cover the topics that present sufficiently general interest for pure and applied chemistry, providing the reader with up to date information and underlining the current progress and problems in a particular field. Taking into accound the wide scope of Chimica Techno Acta, it is necessary that a Review is easily comprehensible to any chemist including a non-specialist in the field. Review manuscripts should not exceed 35 (10 for minireviews) printed journal pages, although it depends strongly on the nature of a subject. In any case, the topic of a review or minireview should be submitted for preliminary approval by the Editors in the form of a brief (1–2 pages) detailed summary.

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Peer Review Process

Each new paper should be submitted via the Online Submission system. After that, members of the international Editorial Board check out if the manuscript is prepared in accordance with the Author Guidelines and whether it falls within the scope of Chimica Techno Acta. Decisions on whether to send a manuscript out for peer review are generally made within a week of receipt.

All manuscripts compliant with the journal requirements will be reviewed by at least two referees, who are assigned by the editors. At the submission stage (in Comments for the Editor) authors may suggest referees as well as indicate a limited number of scientists who should not review the paper. These suggestions are often helpful, although they are not always followed. Chimica Techno Acta uses so-called "Single blind peer review" model in which the names of the reviewers are hidden from the authors, but not the other way around. This is the traditional method of reviewing and is the most common type by far.

In cases where the referees have asserted that the manuscript is not suitable for publication in its present form because some well-defined corrections should be made, editors may request a revised manuscript that addresses the referees' concerns. The revised version is normally sent back to some or all of the original referees for re-review. In those cases where the referees' concerns are more wide-ranging, editors will normally reject the manuscript.

When the article is approved for publication, it goes through formatting and the authors are sent proofs in the PDF format. The proofs can be slightly corrected (e.g. for typographical errors) and then should be sent by the e-mail to the editor-in-chief within a week.

Bear in mind that the editors have the final decision on acceptance of the manuscript for publication. Authors have the right to appeal to the editors against any decision taken on their manuscript at any stage by sending a rebuttal letter to the editor via the journal email. Such a letter should explain clearly why you disagree with the decision on your manuscript, and should include a detailed response to any reviewers’ comments.

 

Open Access Policy

Open access means immediate, worldwide, unrestricted access to the full text of all published articles, ensuring far greater distribution of an author's work than the traditional subscription-based publishing model. In accordance with the original Budapest Open Access Initiative declaration, by "open access" to the full texts of the articles we mean their free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, is to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited. As stated in the Copyright Notice, authors who publish in Chimica Techno Acta retain the copyright of their work, which is released under a Creative Commons Attribution License enabling the unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction of an article, provided that the original work is properly cited.

 

Publication Fees

Unlike the majority of Open Access journals, publishing in Chimica Techno Acta requires no submission or article processing charges and is absolutely free for all authors regardless of the type of the paper, be it an Article, a Letter to Editor or a Review. It is made possible because Chimica Techno Acta is sponsored by Ural Federal University (see Journal Sponsorship).

 

Code of Ethics

Updated: May 16, 2017

The following Code of Ethics of the Editorial Board of Chimica Techno Acta ("Journal") is composed on the basis of internationally recognized standards of ethics, such as those recommended by COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) in its Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

General duties and responsibilities of editors

  • Editors are accountable for everything published in the Journal;
  • Editors take all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of the material they publish;
  • Editors ensure that all published articles have been reviewed by suitably qualified referees and that the peer review is fair, unbiased and timely;
  • Editors maintain the integrity of the academic record;
  • Editors strive to constantly improve their journal;
  • Editors preclude business and commercial needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards;
  • Editors publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed;
  • Editorial decisions are not affected by the origins of the manuscript, including the nationality, ethnicity, political beliefs, race, or religion of the authors.

Relations with authors

  • Editors’ decisions to accept or reject a paper for publication are based on the paper’s importance, originality and clarity, and the study’s validity and its relevance to the scope of the journal;
  • Editors do not reverse decisions to accept submissions and do not overturn decisions of other editors unless serious problems are identified with the submission;
  • Editors abide by established in the Journal peer review practices, which are described in details on the Journal's web site;
  • Editors publish guidance to authors on everything that is expected of them, and provide technical support when requested;
  • Authors have a right to appeal against any editorial decisions.

Relations with reviewers

  • Editors provide guidance to reviewers on everything that is expected of them;
  • Editors require reviewers to disclose any potential competing interests before agreeing to review a submission;
  • Editors require reviewers to handle submitted material in confidence;
  • Editors encourage reviewers to comment on ethical questions and possible cases of academic dishonesty;
  • Editors monitor the performance of peer reviewers and take steps to ensure this is of high standard, ceasing to use reviewers who consistently produce discourteous, low quality or late reviews.

Relations with editorial board members

  • Editors provide new editorial board members with guidelines on everything that is expected of them and keep existing members updated on new policies and developments;
  • Editors identify suitably qualified editorial board members who can actively contribute to the development and good management of the journal;
  • Articles submitted by the journal employees or members of the Editorial Board are evaluated on a general basis being given no advantages over the other authors' manuscripts.

Relations with journal owners and publishers

  • The owner and publisher of the Journal is Ural Federal University;
  • Ural Federal University as well as the other agencies outside of the journal itself do not interfere with the editorial decisions on which articles to publish.

Dealing with academic dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any way is NOT tolerated by the Journal. Some examples of such misconducts along with the good practices that must be used by the authors are presented below.

  • Improper Authorship: authorship must be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the research presented;
  • Citation Manipulation: submitted manuscript must not contain citations whose sole purpose is to increase the number of citations to a given author's works, or to the articles published in a given journal;
  • Plagiarism and Duplicate Submission: since the Journal is committed to publishing only original papers, submitted manuscripts must not be published elsewhere, or be under review elsewhere, and the results or the words of others must be appropriately cited or quoted;
  • Redundant Publications: there must be no undue fragmentation of the research into several papers;
  • Data Fabrication and Falsification: submitted manuscripts must not contain either fabricated or intentionally falsified experimental results, and when an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his own published work, it is the author's obligation to notify the Editors in order to retract or correct the paper;
  • Intellectual property infringement: submitted manuscripts must not violate intellectual property rights and conventions;
  • Undisclosure of Conflicts of Interest: any possible Conflicts of Interests must be properly disclosed.

Editors at first seek a response from those suspected of academic dishonesty. This response is discussed by Editor-in-Chief and the members of the Editorial Board. In case the response is found not convincing, the Editors reserve the right to impose one or several of the following sanctions:

  • Immediate rejection of the manuscript under consideration;
  • Immediate rejection of any other manuscript submitted to the Journal by the authors of the infringing paper;
  • Making a public statement about the discovery of the academic dishonesty facts.

Note that the latter will be reserved only for the most severe cases of the academic dishonesty.

 

Conflicts of Interests

Conflict of interest (COI) exists when there is a divergence between an individual’s private interest (competing interest) and his abilities to act as an unbiased author, editor or reviewer. The most obvious conflicts of interests include

  • Financial ties - when authors receive funding from an organization with an interest in the particular outcome of the work;
  • Affiliation - when an author is an employee or a member of an organization with an interest in the particular outcome of the work.

Everyone has COIs of some sort. Having a competing interest is not in itself unethical. However, COI constitutes a problem when it could reasonably be expected to hinder one's abilities to produce an unbiased research or review. When in doubt, it's better to declare the potential conflicts of interests. The rules for disclosure of COIs, established in Chimica Techno Acta, are listed below.

Authors

  • Authors must declare all, if any, potential Conflicts of Interests in the cover letter while submitting a manuscript;
  • All current or recent funding sources, such as grants, of the scientific research represented by the manuscript must be explicitly declared by the authors in the 'Acknowledgments' section.

Editors and Reviewers

Editors and reviewers should not be involved in the peer review process if they

  • Are co-authors of a current submission;
  • Share an affiliation or collaborate with any author;
  • Have a financial interest in the subject or particular outcome of the work;
  • For any reason feel unable to be completely objective in their judgements.

 

About the Publishing House

Chimica Techno Acta is published by Federal State Autonomous Educational Institution of Higher Education “Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B.N.Yeltsin”.

Contacts: Ural Federal University Publishing House, 620000, Russia, Ekaterinburg, 4 Turgeneva st., room 106. Tel. +7(343)371-54-48, e-mail: a.v.podchinenov@urfu.ru (Alexey Vasil'evich Podchinenov, deputy director).