Ethical Code

Ethical guidelines for journal publication

TEMA (Technologies, Engineering, Materials and Architecture), e-ISSN 2421-4574, is a scientific journal addressed to the international Architectural Engineering community, promoting studies and researches on building construction history, methods and technologies, addressed to the innovation and preservation of buildings.

Indeed the primary purpose of the journal is the promotion of cultural and professional growth in the field of design, construction and production for the Construction Engineering and Architecture. With this aim, TEMA offers an important tool for the dissemination of knowledge to the scientific community, by which the Association accomplishes its main actions: promotion of innovation; support for the acquisition and dissemination of information internally and externally; care of the publication of the results of studies and research carried out by members and outdoor actors; organization of cultural and scientific events; encouragement of cultural exchange and collaborations with other institutions and/or associations, Italian and foreign, with similar purposes.

 

TEMA is a peer-reviewed journal is available online on a semi-annual basis at: https://rivistatema.com.

TEMA accepts also technical notes and book reviews.

 

It uses Editorial Manager, a cloud-based manuscript submission and peer-review tracking system for publications.
This publication provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
TEMA is an open access journal providing an international forum for the exchange and sharing of know-how in the areas of: Construction history and preservation, Construction and building performance, Building design and techniques.
Since it is a full open access journal, it guarantees that no user, library or individual reader has to buy a subscription or pay a pay-per-view fee to access published content. TEMA does not derive any income from the sale of print subscriptions or its online version.
TEMA does not require authors to pay any article submission charges. In order to cover the costs of production and management of the journal and of the peer-review manuscript evaluation process, TEMA uses a contribution for the editorial services offered (APC – Article Processing Charge), only if the article is accepted for publication, after the double blind peer-review process and the possible revision of the manuscript.

The contribution for the publication of each paper amounts to:

  • euro 150,00 for ArTec Members;
  • euro 250,00 for authors who are not ArTec Members.

These amounts are exempt from VAT, pursuant to art. 4 of Presidential Decree no. 633/1972. In case of more authors for a single paper, if at least one of them is registered to ArTec, a single contribution for Members will be requested.
The contribution will have to be paid to ArTec, according to the indications that will be sent to the authors together with the communication of acceptance of the paper for publication.
The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential model for TEMA.
It uses double-blind review.
The publication of an article in the peer-reviewed journals is a process of permanent knowledge improvement. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behaviour for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer and the publisher.

TEMA ethic statements are based on Committee on Publication Ethics – COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. (http://publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines).

We are committed to ensuring that advertising, reprint or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions. In addition, the Editorial Board will assist in communications with other journals and/or publishers where this is useful to the editors.

Duties of Editors

TEMA is committed to objective and fair double-blind peer-review of the  works submitted for publication and to prevent any actual or potential conflict of interests between the Editor and review personnel and the reviewed material. Only the Managing Editor knows who the reviewers are, to preserve the anonymity. The review process will be closely monitored. Any departures from the above-defined rules should be reported directly to the Editor-in-Chief, who is unequivocally committed to providing swift resolutions to any of such a type of problems.

Publication decision

The editor of TEMA is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The validation of the work in question and its importance to researchers and readers must always drive such decisions. The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal’s 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 other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Fair play

An editor at any time evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Confidentiality

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 author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Editors should recuse themselves (i.e. should ask a co-editor, associate editor or other member of the editorial board to review and consider instead) from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or (possibly) institutions connected to the papers. Editors should require all contributors to disclose relevant competing interests and publish corrections if competing interests are revealed after publication. If needed, other appropriate action should be taken, such as the publication of a retraction or expression of concern. It should be ensured that the peer-review process for sponsored supplements is the same as that used for the main journal. Items in sponsored supplements should be accepted solely on the basis of academic merit and interest to readers and not be influenced by commercial considerations. Non-peer reviewed sections of the journal should be clearly identified.

Involvement and cooperation in investigations

An editor should take reasonably responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper, in conjunction with the publisher (or society). Such measures will generally include contacting the author of the manuscript or paper and giving due consideration of the respective complaint or claims made, but may also include further communications to the relevant institutions and research bodies, and if the complaint is upheld, the publication of a correction, retraction, expression of concern, or other note, as may be relevant. Every reported act of unethical publishing behaviour must be looked into, even if it is discovered years after publication.

 

Duties of Reviewers

Contribution to Editorial Decision

Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.

Promptness

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.

Confidentiality

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.

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 Source

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor’s attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer’s own research without the express written consent of the author. 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.

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 knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.

Data Access and Retention

If applicable, authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

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. Plagiarism takes many forms, from ‘passing off’ another’s paper as the author’s own paper, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another’s paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

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. Examples of potential conflicts of interest which should be disclosed include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. Potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed at the earliest stage possible.

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 editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. If the editor or the publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the author to promptly retract or correct the paper or provide evidence to the editor of the correctness of the original paper.