Editorial Policies

All publications on this website are published under the Open Access model, without any subscription, registration, or access fees required from the user or his/her institution. In accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access, users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, and link to the full text versions of all chapters. To read more about our Open Access Statement click here.

In order to clarify our position on key issues we have developed and adopted a set of polices. These include:

Copyright Policy

All published book chapters are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Monographs are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license granted to all others. Our Copyright Policy aims to guarantee that original material is published while at the same time giving significant freedom to our authors. IN TECH upholds a flexible copyright policy meaning that there is no copyright transfer to the publisher and authors hold exclusive copyright to their work.

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Attribution Policy

With the purpose of protecting authors' copyright and the transparent reuse of OA (Open Access) content, IN TECH developed an attribution policy for works published under Creative Commons licenses.

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Ethics Standards

IN TECH is committed to disseminating high-quality scientific research in a manner that exemplifies the best of scholarly publishing. IN TECH is also an official member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) maintaining the highest ethical standards for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the authors, the editors of the book, the peer reviewers, the publisher, and the Societies (if applicable).

Conflicts of Interest Policy

In line with publication ethics practices recommended by COPE, ICMJE, and other similar organizations, IN TECH's contributing authors, editors, and reviewers are required to transparently declare all possible conflicts of interest.

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Authorship Policy

IN TECH's Authorship Policy is based on ICMJE criteria for authorship. In order to be identified as an Author, one must:

  • Substantially contribute to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work
  • Participate in drafting or revising the work
  • Approve the manuscript version to be published

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REVIEW POLICIES

All scientific Works are subject to review prior to publishing. IN TECH is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and all participating referees and editors are instructed to review submitted scientific works in line with the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer-Reviewers where applicable.

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Prior Publication Policy

Internet has changed the dynamics of scholarly communication and publishing which is why we find it necessary to clearly indicate our stance on what we consider to be a published scientific work. A great number of working papers, early drafts and similar works in progress gets openly shared online between the members of the scientific community. It has become common to announce one’s own research on a personal website or a blog to gather comments and suggestions from other researchers. Such works and online postings are indeed published in a sense that they are made publicly available, but this does not mean that if submitted for publication by IN TECH they are not original works. Therefore, we differentiate between reviewed and non-reviewed works when determining whether a work is original and has been published in a scholarly sense or not.

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Retraction and Correction Policy

To identify instances of fraud and misconduct during the publishing process, the publisher, IN TECH, implements a robust policy to govern such occurrences. In line with our general commitment to openness and in order to maintain high scientific standards, we feel obligated to be transparent about our editorial policy regarding retractions and corrections.

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DEALING WITH MISCONDUCT

When faced with presumable misconduct, IN TECH has the responsibility to maintain the integrity of the academic record. For particularly complex cases IN TECH might ask for assistance of formal industry bodies, or seek advice from a team of advisors.

IN TECH's advisors are professionals and scholars with broad knowledge and understanding of different aspects of the scientific publishing process: editorial, authorship, and reviewing roles; publication ethics, copyright, and general legal issues; bibliographic and technical standards.

In order to provide us with unbiased insights, and without compromising the privacy of third parties, IN TECH obliges to present the questionable cases to its advisors exclusively in their anonymized form.

EARLY ONLINE RELEASE POLICY

Books are published on our reading platform under Early Online Release for a minimum of 7 days. During Early Online Release, language corrections, technical editing and other changes are still possible. These changes do not affect the scientific content of the early released books, in their entirety. While a book is in the Early Online Release version, significant differences between the provisional version and the final published version are possible. At the end of this 7-day term, if there are no major corrections to be made, books are sent to print and are officially published online. If corrections on a chapter level are required, the book remains in its Early Online Release version until all necessary corrections are made.

Feel free to download, use, reproduce, make derivative works of, display, distribute and cite the Early Online Release content which you find online, but please be aware that further editing and changes before the final release are possible.

TRANSLATION POLICY

IN TECH publishes books in the English language. In case you are interested in translation of book chapters please check IN TECH's Translation Policy.

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Advertising Policy

Advertising is currently not permitted in any of our publications.

REFUND POLICY

At IN TECH we realize that exceptional circumstances can take place resulting in a request for refund. Therefore, in accordance with our Refund Policy, we will honor justified refund requests for specific instances.

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