Publishing Policies & Ethics

Ethical Publication Practices

Web of Conferences journals are committed to the standards of publishing integrity and academic honesty. Editors, reviewers and authors are encouraged to refer to The Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE) and to follow its Code of conduct and guidelines.

Serious misconduct (for example, data fabrication, falsification or plagiarism) is taken seriously into consideration and is further investigated. When a suspicion of misconduct turns out to be confirmed, the available sanction is applied.

Journals' Requirements

The journals make clear their aims and scope, editorial policy and manuscript requirements in terms of presentation and submissions.

  • Journals' instructions are available to any contributor.
  • Authors are expected to pursue objectiveness and rigour in all aspects of their work. Authors are obligated to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.
  • The list of authors should accurately reflect who did the work.
  • Journals only consider work that has not been published and is not being considered for publication elsewhere.
  • Editors, authors and peer reviewers are encouraged to disclose interests that might appear to affect their ability to present or review data objectively.
  • Journals recommend the use of a specific copyright and make it available on the journal pages.

Editorial Committee

Editorial decisions and editorial processes are run by the editors of the proceedings who are members of the organizing committee of the event. The detailed procedures may vary from event to event according to the custom and practice of each community.

  • The editors of the proceedings are committed to ensuring the quality of the publication and that what is reported is ethical, accurate and relevant to the journal.
  • They have full independence and are not dictated to or influenced by any factors (political, commercial, etc.). Their decision to accept or reject a paper for publication has been based only on the merits of the work and the relevance to the journal.
  • When errors are found, the editors should promote publication of corrections or retraction.

Peer Review

All published articles are peer reviewed.

  • Journals' policy encourages the use of blinded peer review and, when it is possible, multiple reviewers.
  • Reviews should be conducted by expert referees, who have been requested to provide unbiased and constructive comments aimed, whenever possible, at improving the work.
  • Proceedings editors should take all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of the materials they publish.

Starting March 2014, all published proceedings contain a Statement of Peer Review confirming that the editors have conducted the reviewing process in accordance with the journals' Policy on Publishing Integrity.

Conflicts of interest

Authors must disclose whether they have a financial relationship with the organization that sponsored the research.

Statement of Informed Consent

Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should be omitted unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication.

Statement of Human and Animal Rights

When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national).

When reporting experiments on animals, authors should be asked to indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.