Peer Review Policy
The peer review process of the journal is committed to ensure that the journal publishes only the novel, high-quality and state-of-the-art research manuscripts. Its main purpose is to derive a prompt decision on the scholarly submission made to the journal by maintaining the scope and high quality standards unaltered. The following processes are adopted in the peer-review process of the journal:
- Preliminary Manuscript Evaluation
In this initial stage, all the received manuscripts are unsolicited by the journal editor. The manuscripts of high-quality and falls exactly within the scope of the journal can be accepted directly at this stage. On the other hand, the manuscripts that have been rejected at this stage will be due to insufficient technical contributions, out-of-scope, or poor English standards. All submitted manuscripts will be checked for plagiarism using the CrossCheck ithenticate tool and less than 20% Plagiarism only considered for the review process. The papers that are selected form this stage will be further processed and passed on to at least 3 expert reviewers from the same domain.
- Double-Blinded Review Process
The journal intends to maintain higher peer-review standards, which can promptly enhance the review process. In this process, the journal referees and review will initiate a double-blind peer review process, where the received manuscript should have the following characteristics,
- Novel and Unpublished
- Reliable and Acceptable proposed methodologies
- High-quality and academic style of writing
- Abides the ethical guidelines of the journal
- Potential research results
- Proper Citations with relevant references If the final inception report given by the referee and review has completely convinced the Journal Editor, then the decision [Acceptance, rejection, revision or conditional acceptance] will be sent to the author/s.
The Editor’s decision will always be sent along with the verbatim Comments or Recommendations received from the reviewers. Further, the submission of revised manuscripts will be again forwarded to the referees and reviewers in that particular domain, who can either give acceptance or send the manuscript again for revision.
- Final Announcement
The final opinion of the Journal Editor will be sent along with the final reviews and recommendations received from the reviewers. In any case, the Journal Editor will make the final decision on the acceptance and rejection of any submitted manuscript.
IRO Journals is publishing 4 issues per year for providing state-of-the-art research updates on the emerging scientific and technical challenges in this digital era. IRO publications help aspiring researchers to oversight their research proposal towards its publication in the journal. Nevertheless, the research work that is submitted for publication should always remain free from research misconduct and ethical issues.
Complaints and Considerations:
This section deals with the reconsideration of the editorial decisions made for a particular research article. It mainly includes the delayed response for the submitted research articles and appeals to the publication ethics followed by the journal. At first, all the complaints and considerations will be handled by the managing editors and editor[s], who are responsible for handling the submitted research articles. In case, if there are any complaints against the managing editors it can be directly communicated to the Editor-in-Chief or you can forward your queries to email@example.com
- Complaints on the technical content [Considerations on rejection]
The Managing Editor or Editor-in-Chief [EiC] will take the authors appeal on the already sent review comments, and rejection decision into consideration and leverages the decisions like analyzing whether the sent rejection statement is appropriate in its present form or it requires any other individual reviewer’s opinion to consider further.
It is also known that the new journal submissions will be given higher priority than the appealed rejection sent research articles. In particular, all the complaints raised on the editor’s decision will be provided with an appropriate explanation to the authors.
- Appeals on the Submission Process
Editor-in-Chief along with the Managing Editor will investigate the appeals on the time taken to review a research article from the authors. The board also ensures that the complaint raised on the submission process has been provided with appropriate feedback in response. The feedback will also be sent to the concerned editors to improve their procedures and process involved in handling the new submissions to the journal.
This section describes the authentic authorship practices and guidelines to which all the authors of IRO journals should adhere to:
- The prospective authors should always ensure both the implicit and explicit consent on the research article before it is submitted to the journal for further process. The implicit consent will always refer that all the authors should be agreed with the content of the research article before it is submitted for further processing in the journal. Whereas, explicit consent refers to the approval from the institutions/workplace, where the proposed research work has been carried out.
- It should also be ensured that all the authors have made their substantial research contributions [For Ex: data analysis, data interpretation, a software tool used, algorithms/programs, results, and analysis] in the proposed research article.
- Authors should always abide to revise the drafted research proposal to improve its scholarly/intellectual content.
- The authors must approve the finalized version before it moves into the publication process.
- Authors should always remain liable in all parts of the published work by providing clarification regarding the data integrity and accuracy in any parts of the proposed research work.
Confessions and Declarations
Authors are strictly requested to encompass the information related to funding, financial, and non-financial assistance claimed to the particular research work. Nevertheless, it should also include the approval from the consent ethics committee, when the research work is based on human beings /animals. When the research works that have particular research implications for health/ public welfare/societies submitted for publication, it should include appropriate declarations and confessions from concern authorities.
Data Disclosure and its Transparency
All the authors must ensure that all the data, software tools, applications, and materials involved in the workflow of the proposed research work must comply with the journal standards. The journals might have different policies for sharing the research data following its scope. Henceforth, authors should always be transparent on providing information related to the data/tool used in the proposed research work.
Anyone of the authors involved in the proposed research work can be assigned as the corresponding author on the consent of all the co-authors. The corresponding author should always be responsible for all the communications between the journal and the co-authors.
The primary responsibilities of the corresponding author are:
- He/she should ensure that all the authors have verified and approved the final version of the proposed research manuscript.
- Managing all the communications with the journal before and after publication.
- He/she should always be transparent to provide all the materials, data, and tools used in the proposed research work. In case, if the author has included the content of any pre-published article, it should be written and sent as a cover letter to the editor, while submitting the final version of the manuscript.
- Should adhere to include all the research contribution statements posed by the publisher/publishing editor.
Authorship and Affiliation
The primary affiliation should always be the institution/workplace where the majority of the proposed research work has been carried out. The present workplace/institution can be given second preference.
*Please note that the changes in the author name, affiliation, and sequence of author names will not be accepted after receiving the final version of the research paper.
If there is any authorship disputes on the peer-review process of the research article, the journal will not handle certain issues and if the disputes are not resolved, the journal has the right to withdraw/reject the research article from further editorial process and publication process, if it violates the publication guidelines posed by the journal.
Ethical Accountability of Authors
IRO journals are committed to maintaining the research integrity in the technical publication records. Authors should always desist the following practices while publishing a novel research article
- Misrepresentation of research results, which may significantly damage the novelty of the journal.
- The proposed manuscript should not be simultaneously submitted to other journals.
- The proposed manuscript should be unpublished in any different form or format in any other journal. The continuation of previously published research work by the same author will be exceptional and in such cases, authors should be aware of not using the same published content. These will increase the plagiarism of the proposed research work.
- The same research study should not be spat into different manuscripts by analyzing its different characteristics and submitted in various journals.
- Results should always be transparent and clear by avoiding any falsified representations and inappropriate data representations and processes.
- Authors should always make sure that they have obtained specific permission/rights to use certain software/data in the proposed research work.
- Authors should avoid random statements about an organization/entity without the support of citations/reports on the particular statement.
- Researches that can be easily misapplied in enabling a threat to the national/international wide security or societal health will not be entertained for publication in IRO Journals.
If any type of misbehaviour or suspicious/fraudulent activities are observed by the publisher or the journal, it will be sent as an inquiry and provides an opportunity to justify the act to the author[s]. In case if it is left unaddressed, the following actions will be taken
- If it is still under revision, the article will not be considered and t will be withdrawn from the journal.
- If it was already appeared online, depending on the nature of the issue the following actions will be taken
- A misprint/erratum will be made visible in the article.
- Verbalization of the concern will be displayed in the article.
- In severe, article recantation may occur.
If the author detects any type of significant errors in the published article, they can inform it to the journal. Based on its impact in the research article, the changes may either lead to a correction or recantation by providing a clear and transparent note on the particular part of the paper where the error has deployed major impact.
The research works that tend to report and impact the vulnerable groups in societies, it will be given extra care and it will be sent to individual opinion to scrutinize further. In case of any reviewer’s request, authors should be liable to submit documentary consent evidence to the journal.
- All commercially funded publications and advertisements are distinct from editorial choices. Any product or service identified as an advertising or sponsored by a sponsor in IRO publications is not endorsed by IRO Journals. Commercial or financial interests, as well as any particular relationship with advertising clients or sponsors will not compromise the editorial content.
- IRO journals retain the right to refuse any form of advertising that is detrimental to the IRO identity or is incompatible with the material available on the IRO publications network.
- Once an advert has been published online, it can be removed from the journal's website at any time based on the requisition of Editor(s)-in-Chief or Publisher.
- IRO Journals will not allow advertisements for contradictory items or services that are known to be hazardous for human population.
- Advertisements must be verifiable and not deceptive or misleading. Advertisements should clearly identify the advertiser as well as the product or service being promoted. Copy that is exaggerated or extravagantly written will not be permitted.
- IRO Journal will not permit any non-research related campaign to be targeted to a specific article(s) or on any page.
- All advertisements for ICT research-specific campaigns must promote proper and reasonable usage and must not be deceptive.
- Advertisements and editorial material must be distinguished properly. IRO journal does not publish “advertisement” content, and sponsored supplements must be explicitly labelled. If a supplement did not go through peer review or went through a different peer review procedure than the remainder of the journal, it should be mentioned explicitly.
- Editorial choices will not be affected by existing or future sponsors and advertisers, nor will marketing decisions be impacted. Advertisers and sponsors have no control or influence over the results of keyword or search topic conducted by users on the website.
Policy for Advertising Complaints
Please direct any advertising-related concerns to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Advertising Standards Council of India
The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), established in 1985, is a self-regulatory voluntary organization of the advertising industry in India. It is a non-Government body. ASCI is committed to the cause of self-regulation in advertising, ensuring the protection of the interest of consumers. ASCI seeks to ensure that advertisements conform to its Code for Self-Regulation, which requires advertisements to be legal, decent, honest and truthful, and not hazardous or harmful while observing fairness in competition. ASCI looks into complaints across ALL MEDIA such as Print, TV, Radio, hoardings, SMS, Emailers, Internet/website, product packaging, brochures, promotional material and point of sale material etc.
The IRO journal is self-funded. It is not backed by any government or agency. Currently, subscription and membership are the only sources of revenue. The subscription fee will incur lower charges for low and medium income countries. The above-mentioned resources cover operating expenses such as web presence, online version, pre-press preparations, and staff wages.
The journal has started a range of direct marketing activities, including direct sales, telemarketing, database marketing, direct transaction and generating direct response to adverts via direct mail and different broadcasts and website. These activities help the journal to develop long-term relations with the clients.
The primary direct marketing activities are:
- Catalogue Marketing
- Email Marketing
- Digital Marketing [Websites, Social Media presence]
Malpractice StatementPrimary Duties of Authors/Proposers
- The manuscript should include sufficient research details and references to allow others to reproduce the proposed work.
- Review articles should always be precise, authentic and comprehensive. Inclusion of any type of fraudulent/unreliable information and statements is unacceptable and it will be constituted as unethical behavior.
- Authors should enable the public accessibility of data utilized in the research work unless author obtain a legal rights for data proprietary.
- Authors should ensure the novelty of the research work and if they have included the research works or words of other published articles, it should be appropriately cited. Authors should ensure that they have properly acknowledged the referenced research works, and should also cite the considered publications
- Plagiarism, in all of its ways, is an unprofessional publication behaviour and it is completely unacceptable.
- Simultaneous submission/publications, duplicates, redundant or concurrent submissions/publications of a same manuscript will be considered as a serious malpractice and unethical behaviour.
- The person who meet authorship criteria of the journal should be considered as authors in the proposed manuscript.
- Authors must engage in the peer review process and actively comply by reacting immediately to editors' request for raw data, research clarifications, and verification of ethics, consents, and copyright permits.
- All the research works should be conducted objectively and all the research observations and results should be formulated precisely.
- Self-criticism by the reviewers will be considered as inappropriate.
- Every statement that is an inference, argument, or derivation, that has been previously published should be preceded by a citation.
- Any significant research similarity or overlap in the novelty of the research manuscript published/under consideration and any other manuscript with similar scope in their personal knowledge should be taken under serious consideration.
- Unpublished content disclosed in the submitted manuscript could not be included in the reviewer's own study without obtaining the author's written consent.
- Reviewers should not use any confidential peer reviewed comments for their personal research advantage.