Vietnam Journal of Mechanics is peer-reviewed research journal published by Publishing House for Science and Technoloy (Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology). The journal is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards. Our ethic statements are based on COPE’s Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. In order to provide our readers with a research journal of high quality, Vietnam Journal of Mechanics is guided by the following principles:
- The editor is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the academic record, for having processes in place to assure the quality of the material they publish and for precluding business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards.
- Editors’ decisions to accept or reject a paper for publication should be based on the paper’s importance, originality and clarity, and the study’s validity and its relevance to the remit of the journal. Each manuscript should be judged without regard to the race, gender, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship or political philosophy of the authors.
- Articles may be rejected without review if the Editor considers the article obviously not suitable for publication.
- The editor must not use privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review for personal gain or to discredit others.
- The editor ensures that appropriate reviewers are selected for submissions (i.e. individuals who are able to judge the work and are free from disqualifying competing interests).
- The editor has systems in place to give authors the opportunity to make original research articles freely available.
- The editor has systems to ensure that material submitted to their journal remains confidential while under review.
- Using the singer-blind peer review system neither reviewers’ identities are revealed to the other party to ensure the quality of research published in the journal. There are at least two or more reviewers for the total number of articles in each issue.
- The reviewers assist the editors in taking the decision of publishing a submitted manuscript. By formulating suggestions to the authors, the reviewers can contribute to the improvement of submitted works.
- Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.
- Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments, should not submit an inadequate or superficial review.
- The reviewers should comment on the originality of submissions and should be alert to redundant publication and plagiarism.
- The reviewers should declare any potential conflicts of interest and excuse themselves from involvement with any manuscript they feel they would not be able to review objectively or fairly.
- The authors ensure that they have submitted original works, i.e., material that has neither been published elsewhere, nor is under review elsewhere, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
- The authors ensure that all individuals named as authors have legitimate input into the work and manuscript and that everyone who was involved with the work and preparation of the manuscript is listed.
- Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. A paper should containsufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.
- Authors should present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation.
- Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal is considered as an unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.
- All authors should disclose in their manuscript relevant funding sources.
- Authors are required to to declare whether or not they have financial professional, or personal interests from other parties or other conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or their interpretation in the manuscript.
- When an author founds error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to notify the journal editor and cooperate with him to retract or correct the paper.
In cases of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication, or plagiarism the publisher, in close collaboration with the editors, will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question. This includes the prompt publication of a correction statement or erratum or, in the most severe cases, the retraction of the affected work.