About the Journal
Focus and Scope
Periodicals of Engineering and Natural Sciences is an international open access single-blind review journal published online. ENS is an interdisciplinary journal which publishes original full-length research papers, short communication, technical reports, case studies, reviews and book reviews in the following areas including, but not limited to:
1 . Ergonomics
2 . Manufacturing
3 . TQM/quality engineering, reliability/maintenance engineering
4 . Production Planning
5 . Facility location, layout, design, materials handling
6 . Inventory, logistics, transportation, supply chain management
8 . Management
9 . Operations management, scheduling
1 . Energy
2 . Machine Design
3 . Engineering Materials
4 . Manufacturing
5 . Mechatronics & Robotics
6 . Transportation
7 . Fluid Mechanics
8 . Optical Engineering
9 . Nanotechnology
10 . Maintenance & Safety
Electrical and electronics engineering
1. Sensor, automation and instrumentation technology
3. Power systems
1 . Computational Intelligence
2 . Computer Graphics
3 . Data Mining
4 . Human-Centered Computing
5 . Internet and Web Computing
6 . Mobile and Cloud computing
7 . Software Engineering
8 . Online Social Networks
9 . Applied Statistics, Mathematics and Informatics
1. Computational Biology
2. Biological Sciences (Botany, Forestry, Cell Biology, Marine Biology, Zoology)
3. Genetics and Human Genetics
4. Molecular Biology
6. Cell biology
7. Environmental Biology
9. Chemical Sciences
1. Heritage and conservation
2. Landscape design
3. Technology and sustainability in architecture
Peer Review Process
Periodicals of Engineering and Natural Sciences (PEN), applies single-blind peer-review. Reviewer selection for each submitted article is up to section editors, and reviewers are selected based on the previous experience, competence, and previous experience in reviewing papers for PEN journal.
Every submitted article is read by section editor, at least, for an initial review. If the paper reaches minimum quality criteria, follows the scope and aims of the Journal and fulfills the Editorial policies, it is sent to two reviewers for evaluation.
The reviewers evaluate the paper according to the Review guidelines set by editorial board members and return it to the section editors, who pass the reviewers' anonymous comments back to the author. Anonymity is strictly maintained.
The single-blind peer-review process is managed using this OJS software platform. The review Process has the following steps:
- Paper submission by the author.
- The editorial office checks whether the submission is prepared in accordance with Author's guidelines.
- Editor-in-Chief checks whether the paper is appropriate for the journal and if not, the paper will be rejected at this point. If the paper is appropriate for the journal it will be sent to review.
- Reviewers Invitation - at least two reviewers are invited to assess the paper (or more). At least two positive responses are required for the paper to be accepted.
- Response to invitations - reviewers accept or decline the invitation, base on their availability, expertise or conflict of interest.
- Conducting the review - once the reviewers accept the invitation, they have three weeks to conduct and complete the review and submit the comments to the editorial office, with a recommendation to accept, reject or request revisions (major or minor).
- Review evaluation by journal - all returned reviews are considered by the editor before the overall decision is made. In case the reviews differ widely, the editor will invite additional reviewers before the overall decision is made.
- Editor Decision - is sent to the author with the reviewer's comments. If accepted the paper will be sent to production. If rejected the paper will be archived. If minor/major revision is required author will be instructed on how to improve the paper. Once the revised paper is received, it will be sent to review again for verification (Round 2).
Frequency of publication was twice per year until June 2019: 1st January - June; 2nd July - December.
Expected frequency of publication since June 2019 is four times per year.
Journal items can be published collectively, as part of an issue with its own Table of Contents. Alternatively, individual items can be published as soon as they are ready, by adding them to the "current" volume's Table of Contents.
Expected time to the first response is about twelve months, but time to publishing is between one and two years. In this publishing process the journal does not make money. Full text of all published articles is immediately available worldwide to readers with free and unlimited access.
Open Access Policy
This journal 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.
This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...
Journal Ethics and Malpractice Statement
PEN Journal is committed to ensure and uphold standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process, whereby such values also rely on editors, reviewers, contributors and authors who are expected to behave ethically. The standards are based on Committee on Publication Ethics' (COPE) code of conduct, and provide guidelines for best practices in order to meet these requirements. The following ethical guidelines are only intended to give a summary of our key expectations of editors, peer-reviewers, and authors but if you have any questions or concerns please also feel free to contact the Editor of the Journal.
1. Ethical Expectations
• To carry out their duties in a fair, objective and consistent manner, without discrimination on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin of the authors.
• To take care that each article undergoes the proper peer-review process.
• To promote consistent ethical policies of PEN journal, and to ensure the confidentiality of the reviewing process.
• To uphold integrity in their work as editors of the journal, doing away with any personal interest, so that articles are considered and accepted solely on their academic merit and without commercial influence.
• To work with authors, reviewers, and the Editorial Board members to ensure the implementation of journals’ ethics and publishing policies.
• To adopt and follow reasonable procedures in the event of complaints of an ethical or conflict nature, in accordance with the policies and procedures. To handle process of complaints and giving authors an opportunity to respond any complaints. All complaints should be investigated and the documentation associated with any such complaints should be retained.
• To act objectively, fairly and in a timely manner in reviewing submitted manuscript with the aim of improving its quality such as pointing out relevant published work, which is not cited, etc.
• To alert PEN in case of any competing interest that could affect the impartiality of their reviewing, or any potential conflict of interest that includes any relationship between reviewer and author, or any content that is substantially similar to that under review.
• To conduct themselves fairly and impartially.
• To keep the confidentiality of the review process and to not retain or copy the manuscript.
• To ensure that their work submitted to the journal is original and authored by them and has not been previously published nor under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere.
• To ensure that original ideas, data, findings and materials taken from other sources (including their own published writing) are properly documented and cited. Any content reproduced from other sources author should have permission.
• To ensure that their data is their won, true and not manipulated. Thus, authors are responsible to maintain accurate records and to provide access to their data associated with their manuscript.
• To ensure their work does not violate any rights of others, including privacy rights and intellectual property rights. In addition, authors should ensure that any studies involving human or animal subject are in accordance with local lows and requirements.
• To declare any real or apparent conflicting or competing interest at any stage during the publication process that could be considered or viewed as exerting an undue influence on his/her duties.
• To alert PEN in case if a significant error in their publication is identified and correct any errors prior or subsequent to publication of their work.
• To adhere to all research ethics guidelines of their discipline, and to ensure that authorship and/or co-authorship of the paper was accurately represented.
• The journal and the publisher shall ensure that good practice is maintained to the standards outlined above.
• To deal with research misconduct allegations appropriately when it is occurred. The journal and the publisher shall undertake reasonable actions to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred.
• To maintain the editorial independence of journal editors.
• To support journal editors in ethical and academic matters.
• To ensure critical and objective assessment of all articles by reviewers and referees. To
keep an accurate and transparent record, including publishing corrections and retractions when necessary.
The following commonly recognized procedure for dealing with unethical behavior is adopted.
2. Procedures for Dealing With Unethical Behavior
Identification of unethical behavior
• Misconduct and unethical behavior may be identified and brought to the attention of the editor and publisher at any time, by anyone.
• Misconduct and unethical behavior may include, but need not be limited to, examples as outlined above.
• For an investigation sufficient information and evidence should be provided. All allegations should be taken seriously and treated in the same way, until a successful decision or conclusion is reached.
• An initial decision should be taken by the editor, who should consult with or seek advice from the publisher, if appropriate.
• Evidence should be gathered, while avoiding spreading any allegations beyond those who need to know.
• Minor misconduct might be dealt with without the need to consult more widely. In any event, the author should be given the opportunity to respond to any allegations.
• Serious misconduct might require that the employers of the accused be notified. The editor, in consultation with the publisher should make the decision whether or not to involve the employers, either by examining the available evidence themselves or by further consultation with a limited number of experts.
Outcomes (in increasing order of severity; may be applied separately or in conjunction)
• Informing or educating the author or reviewer where there appears to be a misunderstanding or misapplication of acceptable standards.
• A more strongly worded letter to the author or reviewer covering the misconduct and as a warning to future behavior.
• Publication of a formal notice detailing the misconduct.
• Publication of an editorial detailing the misconduct.
• A formal letter to the head of the author’s or reviewer’s department or funding agency.
• Formal retraction or withdrawal of a publication from the journal, in conjunction with informing the head of the author or reviewer’s department, Abstracting & Indexing services and the readership of the publication.
• Imposition of a formal embargo on contributions from an individual for a defined period.
• Reporting the case and outcome to a professional organization or higher authority for further investigation and action.
Originality and Plagiarism Policy
Authors by submitting their manuscript to PEN declare that their work is original and authored by them, their work submitted to PEN has not been previously published, original ideas, data, findings and materials taken from other sources (including their own published writing) are properly documented and cited, their work does not violate any rights of others, including privacy rights and intellectual property rights, their data is their won, true and not manipulated. Plagiarism in whole or in part without proper citation is not tolerated by the Journal. Manuscripts submitted to the journal will be checked for originality using anti-plagiarism software.
Copyright Notice & Self-archiving
Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
This journal permits and encourages authors to post items/PDFs submitted to the journal on personal websites or institutional repositories after publication, while providing bibliographic details that credit its publication in this journal.