EUt+ Academic Press

Publications Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

The EUT+ Press will offer peer-reviewed academic material through the journal entitled "EUT+ Together" and a series of books. There are no charges for authors at any stage in the process and the Press is currently hosted on ARROW@TU Dublin, the institutional repository of the Technological University Dublin, Ireland.

The EUT+ Academic Press is a not for profit press run by academics for academics and will operate to the highest standards of academic rigour. Manuscripts will be evaluated exclusively on the basis of their academic merit (importance, originality, study's validity, clarity) and without regard to the author's race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, religious belief, political philosophy or institutional affiliation. The Editorial Board has full authority over the entire editorial content of the Press and the timing of the publication of that content. All submissions will be treated as confidential and will not be discussed by anybody else except by the author, reviewers or potential reviewers.

Duties of the Editorial Board

Editorial Board members will not use unpublished information disclosed in a submitted manuscript for their own research purposes without the author's explicit written consent. Privileged information or ideas obtained by members as a result of handling the manuscript will be kept confidential and not used for their personal advantage. Members will recuse themselves from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative or other relationships/connections with any of the authors, companies or institutions connected to the papers; instead they will ask another member of the Editorial Board to handle the manuscript.

The Editorial Board will ensure that all submitted manuscripts being considered for publication undergo blind peer review by at least two reviewers who are expert in the field. The Editorial Board is responsible for deciding which of the manuscripts submitted to the Press will be published, based on the validation of the work in question, its importance to researchers and readers, the reviewers' comments, and such legal requirements as are currently in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.


The Editorial Board shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred. The Press will never encourage such misconduct or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place. If the Editorial Board are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct the articles shall be removed from the Press while the allegations are investigated. The Editorial Board will always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

Duties of Reviewers

Peer review assists the Editorial Board in making editorial decisions and, through editorial communications with authors, may assist authors in improving their manuscripts. Any selected reviewer who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the Editorial Board and withdraw from the review process. Reviews should be conducted objectively and observations formulated clearly with supporting arguments so that authors can use them for improving the manuscript. Personal criticism of authors is not permitted. Any invited reviewer who has conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies or institutions connected to the manuscript and the work described therein should immediately notify the Editorial Board to declare their conflicts of interest and decline the invitation to review so that alternative reviewers can be contacted. Unpublished material disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer's own research without the express written consent of the authors. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for the reviewer's personal advantage. This applies also to invited reviewers who decline the review invitation.

Authors' duties

Authors of original research reports 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 not acceptable. Authors could be asked to provide the raw data of their study together with the paper for editorial review and should be prepared to make the data publicly available if practicable. In any event, authors should ensure accessibility of such data to other competent professionals preferably via an institutional or subject based repository or other data centre provided the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and legal rights concerning proprietary data do not preclude their release.

Originality and Plagiarism

Authors should ensure that they have written and submit only entirely original works, and if they have used the work and/or the words of others, that this has been appropriately cited. Publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the work presented in the manuscript should also be cited. Plagiarism in any form constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is not acceptable.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent publication

Papers describing essentially the same research should not be published in more than one journal or primary publication. Authors should not submit for consideration, a manuscript that has already been published in another journal or being published as a book. Submission of a manuscript concurrently to more than one publisher is unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable. Manuscripts which have been published as copyrighted material cannot be submitted. In addition, manuscripts under review by the Press should not be resubmitted to copyrighted publications. However, by submitting a manuscript, the author(s) retain the rights to the published material. In case of publication they permit the use of their work under Creative Commons Attribution-Non-commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license.

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. The corresponding author ensures that all contributing authors and no uninvolved persons are included in the author list. The corresponding author will also verify that all co-authors have approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication in the Press.

Peer Review

Authors are obliged to participate in the peer review process and cooperate fully by responding promptly to requests. In the case of a first decision of "revisions necessary" authors should respond to the reviewers' comments systematically, point by point, and in a timely manner, revising and re-submitting their manuscript to the Press by the deadline given.

Disclosure and conflict of interest

All authors should include a statement disclosing any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that may be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

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 Editorial Board and to cooperate with the Board to retract or correct the paper in the form of an erratum.