Journal of Soft Computing and Artificial Intelligence (JSCAI) is an international, peer-reviewed journal that publishes full-length original research papers, reviews, case studies related to all areas of Engineering. In particular, JSCAI focuses on innovative approaches and methods that contribute to solving environmental and manufacturing problems.
This journal is committed to upholding the integrity of the scientific record. The journal will follow the COPE guidelines on how to deal with potential acts of misconduct.
Authors should refrain from misrepresenting research results which could damage the trust in the journal, the professionalism of scientific authorship, and ultimately the entire scientific endeavor. Maintaining the integrity of the research and its presentation is helped by following the rules of good scientific practice, which include*:
1. The manuscript should not be submitted to more than one journal for simultaneous consideration.
2. The submitted work should be original and should not have been published elsewhere in any form or language (partially or in full), unless the new work concerns an expansion of previous work.
3. A single study should not be split up into several parts to increase the number of submissions and submitted to various journals or to one journal over time.
4. Results should be presented clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification, or inappropriate data manipulation (including image-based manipulation). The authors should adhere to discipline-specific rules for acquiring, selecting, and processing data.
5. No data, text, or theories by others are presented as if they were the author’s own (‘plagiarism’).
JSCAI operates the process of publishing scientific articles as an international refereed journal and continues its publishing life in line with the following principles.
1. JSCAI is published only electronically.
2. JSCAI includes articles produced in the fields of Soft computing and Artificial Intelligence.
3. Articles submitted to the journal are accepted in English.
4. The review and evaluation process of the submitted articles is carried out by the “Blind Peer Review” method.
5. JSCAI adopts Open Source Publishing Policy.
6. There is no charge for publishing articles and accessing published articles. Authors and referees are not paid for articles accepted for publication.
7. In our journal, the article evaluation process is expected to take a maximum of 30 days for each article depending on the reviewer evaluations.
8. When the “Correction” decision is taken for the submitted articles, the authors should make the necessary corrections within 15 days and upload the final version of the article to the system. Editors have the right to reject the article if the corrections are made within the specified time.
9. Articles submitted to the journal should not be published elsewhere or submitted for publication.
10. For the studies that were used as theses, presentations or papers and sent to our journal as an article, the information regarding the previous use should be given as footnotes on the first page according to the following conditions:
• If the study was published as a summary report; the title of the report, name of the event, date, and place information should be written.
• If the study was produced from postgraduate theses; The name of the thesis, the name of the consultant, the university and institute at which it was made, and the date of completion and location information should be written.
• If the study was supported by the research institution or fund; The name of the organization providing the support, project number, and date of completion should be written.
• Activity information should be written in a distinctive way for articles produced from published and partly published works outside the specified conditions.
Before the submitted articles are submitted to the referees, the following points are examined, and the articles found suitable for the evaluation process are sent to the reviewers:
• Compliance with spelling rules
• Formally fit to template
• Compliance with its aim and scope
• Compliance with publication principles
• Compliance with publication ethics
• Scientific quality and originality
11. An article is evaluated by at least 2 reviewers and it should be deemed suitable to be published by at least 2 reviewers a prerequisite for being accepted for publication. After the approval of the reviewers, the Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board have the power to decide whether the article will be published or not.
12. All authors who submit articles to our journal have equal rights. No privileges are given to the author or the author during the evaluation, acceptance, and publishing processes of the articles. The publishing order of the accepted articles is adjusted according to the acceptance time. However, the Editorial Board reserves the right to make changes when it deems necessary.
13. Articles submitted to our journal are subject to plagiarism control processes (iThenticate etc.). If the plagiarism detected before the publication exceeds 20%, the article is rejected before the referee evaluation process is started. Unpublishment is applied for plagiarism detected after publication and an editorial note is published in the journal for readers.
JSCAI publishes 2 issues in a year, June / December
Open Access Policy
JSCAI is an Open Access journal and offers the following author rights and access policies:
• All Journal content is freely available after publication on the JSCAI website.
• JSCAI retains copyright.
• All articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY-NC) license, full details of which can be found here.
• Articles can be shared and adapted provided attribution for the work is given.
Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement
The Journal of Soft Computing and Artificial Intelligence is dedicated to following best practices on ethical matters, errors, and retractions. The prevention of publication malpractice is one of the important responsibilities of the editorial board. Any kind of unethical behavior is not acceptable, and JSCAI does not tolerate plagiarism in any form. Authors submitting articles to JSCAI affirm that manuscript contents are original. Furthermore, they warrant that their article has neither been published elsewhere nor is it under review for publication anywhere.
DUTIES OF EDITOR
1. Publication Decisions: Based on the review report of the editorial board, the editor can accept, reject, or request modifications to the manuscript.
2. Review of Manuscripts: Editor must ensure that each manuscript is initially evaluated by the editor for originality, making use of appropriate software to do so. After passing this test, the manuscript is forwarded to two reviewers for single-blind peer review, each of whom will make a recommendation to accept, reject, or modify the manuscript. The review period will be up to 30 days.
3. Fair Play: The editor must ensure that each manuscript received by the Journal is reviewed for its intellectual content without regard to sex, gender, race, religion, citizenship, etc. of the authors.
4. Confidentiality: The editor must ensure that information regarding manuscripts submitted by the authors is kept confidential.
5. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: The editor of the Journal will not use unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript for his own research without the written consent of the author.
DUTIES OF AUTHOR
1. Reporting Standards: Authors should present an accurate account of their original research as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Manuscripts will follow the submission guidelines of the journal. (See submission guideline policies)
2. Originality: Authors must ensure that they have written entirely original work.
3. Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publications: Authors should not submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently. It is also expected that the author will not publish redundant manuscripts or manuscripts describing the same research in more than one journal.
4. Acknowledgment of Sources: Authors should acknowledge all sources of data used in the research and cite publications that have been influential in the research work.
5. Authorship of the Paper: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. Others who have made significant contributions must be listed as co-authors. Authors also ensure that all the authors have seen and agreed to the submitted version of the manuscript and their inclusion of names as co-authors.
6. Data Access and Retention: Authors should provide raw data related to their manuscript for editorial review and must retain such data.
7. Fundamental Errors in Published Works: If at any point in time, the author(s) discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in a submitted manuscript, then the error or inaccuracy must be reported to the editor.
8. Withdrawal of Manuscript: The Manuscript can’t be withdrawn or publish with another Journal once it reviewed. If you do so, you are liable to pay the review expenses and you will be banned and blacklisted with JSCAI for 3 years.
DUTIES OF REVIEWERS
1. Confidentiality: Information regarding manuscripts submitted by authors should be kept confidential and be treated as privileged information.
2. Acknowledgment of Sources: Manuscript reviewers must ensure that authors have acknowledged all sources of data used in the research. Any kind of similarity or overlap between the manuscripts under consideration or with any other published paper of which reviewer has personal knowledge must be immediately brought to the editor's notice.
3. Standards of Objectivity: Review of submitted manuscripts must be done objectively and the reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
4. Promptness: In the event that a reviewer feels it is not possible for him/her to complete a review of the manuscript within stipulated time then this information must be communicated to the editor so that the manuscript could be sent to another reviewer.
Academic misconduct in any form will not be tolerated by the “Journal of Soft Computing and Artificial Intelligence”. In cases of suspected misconduct (plagiarism, fraud, breached intellectual property rights, etc.) a panel will be formed to evaluate the substance of the claim. If the claim is supported by evidence, the paper in question will be rejected and all authors and their affiliations will be informed. In cases where the paper has already been published before the misconduct was discovered, the paper will be withdrawn from the JSCAI archive and an announcement of this act will be posted in the first issue published following the case. Cases of misconduct may result in a three-year or longer ban from future submission to “Journal of Soft Computing and Artificial Intelligence”. The author(s) might be blacklisted.