Authorship and Contributorship

Journal of Applied Science, Engineering, Technology, and Education (ASCI) adheres to the principles of transparency and best practices in scholarly publishing as set forth by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME). This policy outlines the requirements for authorship and contributorship, ensuring clear and unambiguous attribution of contributions to published works. As an open-access journal practicing the CC-BY-NC-SA license, the authors retain the copyright of their articles while granting broad permissions for distribution and reuse. The journal follows the Core Practices outlined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Criteria for Authorship

Authorship of a scholarly article in ASCI Journal should be based on substantial contributions to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the research. To be considered an author, individuals must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Substantial Contributions: Authors are expected to make significant contributions to the intellectual content of the article, such as the conception or design of the study, data acquisition, analysis, interpretation, and drafting or revising the manuscript for important intellectual content.
  2. Approval of Final Version: All authors should approve the final version of the article and agree to take responsibility for its content.
  3. Accountability: Authors must be able to explain and defend the research findings in public forums if required.

Contributorship Statement

To promote transparency and avoid misunderstandings, ASCI might asked a contributorship statement with the manuscript submitted to ASCI. The statement should explicitly identify the contributions of each author to the research. This statement will not be published, however, it should accurately reflect the individual roles played by each author.

Dispute Resolution

In cases of disagreements or disputes regarding authorship, the editorial board of ASCI will follow a structured process to investigate and resolve the matter. The concerned parties will be asked to provide evidence of their contributions to the research. ASCI may also seek guidance from COPE or other relevant organizations to ensure fair and unbiased resolution. ASCI will not get involved nor held liable for personal disputes between authors.

Changes in Authorship

Requests for adding, deleting, or rearranging authors after manuscript submission to ASCI will be considered only in exceptional circumstances. Such requests must be supported by a written explanation from all authors involved, providing a detailed account of the reasons for the change. The editorial board of ASCI will carefully evaluate the request and may consult the journal's advisors and check with COPE's guidance if necessary.

Honorary and Ghost Authorship

Honorary authorship (gift authorship) and ghost authorship (uncredited contributions) are not acceptable practices in ASCI Journal. Any individual who has made only minor contributions to the research or the article must be acknowledged appropriately in the acknowledgment section, but not listed as an author. ASCI will actively work to prevent and address cases of honorary and ghost authorship.

Declaration of Conflicts of Interest

Authors must disclose any potential conflicts of interest that could influence the interpretation of their research in their submissions to ASCI. Conflicts of interest may include financial interests, affiliations, or personal relationships that could compromise the impartiality and credibility of the work. ASCI encourages full transparency in these disclosures.

Compliance with Ethical Guidelines

Authors must adhere to the ethical guidelines of ASCI and the prevailing ethical standards in the field of research. This includes obtaining appropriate permissions for the use of copyrighted materials, obtaining informed consent from human subjects, and ensuring the ethical treatment of animals in research.

Review of Authorship Policy

The authorship policy of ASCI Journal will be periodically reviewed and updated as necessary to align with the evolving practices in scholarly publishing and the recommendations of relevant organizations. Any revisions to this policy will be communicated to authors and made publicly available on the ASCI website.