International Journal of Simulation Modelling

ISSN 1726-4529

Sponsored by Beijing Jiaotong University

Publication ethics statement

For all parties involved in the act of publishing (the authors, the journal editors, the peer reviewers, and the publisher) it is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behaviour. The ethics statements for the International Journal of Simulation Modelling are based on the similar statement of the APEM journal, on the guidelines of Committee On Publication Ethics (COPE) and on the ELSEVIER Publishing Ethics Resource Kit.

Duties of authors
Reporting standards
Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying
data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or
have knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable. All articles, published in the International Journal of Simulation
Modelling to comprise a list of references which correspond with the journal’s Notes for Contributors.
Originality and plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been 
appropriately cited or quoted.
Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the
same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.
Acknowledgement of sources
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.
Authorship of the paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All  
those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of
the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no
inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its
submission for publication.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or 
interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
Fundamental errors in published works
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's editor 
or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.
Duties of the Editor-in-Chief
Publication decisions
The editor is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's
other editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may
confer with editors or reviewers in making this decision.
Fair play
The editor at any time evaluates manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin,
citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers,
potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the authors.
Duties of reviewers
Contribution to editorial decisions
Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the authors may also assist the authors in improving the
Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the 
editor and excuse himself from the review process.
Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except when authorized by
the editor.
Standards of objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
Acknowledgement of sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had
been the previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. Reviewers should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity
or overlap between manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
Disclosure and conflict of interest
Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider
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 papers.
APEM – Advances in Production Engineering & Management: Publication Ethics (from:
COPE – Committee On Publication Ethics: Promoting integrity in research publication (from:
ELSEVIER: PERK (Publication Ethics Resource Kit (from:

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