Quality Measures

Quality Measures for Ensuring Article Quality at the Journal of Online Engineering Education (JOEE):

Pre-acceptance Quality Measures:

  1. Selection of Qualified Editors:

    • We appoint editors with relevant expertise and a strong publication track record, ensuring editorial decisions are made by qualified professionals.
    • Editors have full autonomy in their decision-making process, free from interference or influence by the publisher.
  2. Author Responsibilities:

    • Authors are expected to adhere strictly to submission guidelines provided by JOEE, ensuring clarity and consistency in manuscript preparation.
    • Clear roles and responsibilities for authors are outlined and accessible to ensure compliance.
  3. Double-blind Peer Review:

    • All article proposals undergo a rigorous double-blind peer review process to evaluate scholarly merit and originality.
    • Reviewers assess proposals solely on their academic content, preventing biases based on author characteristics such as status, nationality, or gender.
  4. Manuscript Preparation Guidelines:

    • Manuscript preparation guidelines align with established standards, such as those recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), ensuring consistency and clarity in article presentation.
  5. Plagiarism Check:

    • Submitted manuscripts undergo plagiarism checks using reliable software tools like iThenticate to verify originality and ensure adherence to ethical standards.
  6. Permission and Copyright Compliance:

    • Authors are required to obtain necessary permissions for the use of copyrighted material and declare any potential conflicts of interest, maintaining ethical integrity in publication.

Post-acceptance Quality Measures:

  1. Copyediting:

    • Accepted articles undergo comprehensive copyediting to enhance clarity, coherence, and adherence to language conventions.
    • Emphasis is placed on correcting spelling, grammar, punctuation, and ensuring consistency in formatting.
  2. Typesetting:

    • Articles are typeset according to JOEE's style guide to maintain uniformity and readability across publications.
    • Publication-ready PDFs are generated for final review and dissemination.
  3. Proofreading:

    • Publication-ready PDFs undergo thorough proofreading to identify and rectify any remaining errors before publication, ensuring accuracy and professionalism.

Post-publication Quality Measures:

  1. Corrections and Retractions:

    • Any identified errors or instances of scientific misconduct in published articles are addressed promptly through the publication of errata, corrigenda, or retractions following established guidelines.
  2. Copyright Violation Resolution:

    • Instances of copyright violation are promptly addressed, and authors are notified to resolve any issues with copyright holders, maintaining ethical standards and legal compliance.
  3. Handling Complaints:

    • Complaints about JOEE's operations are managed transparently and expediently through dedicated communication channels.
    • Complaints are acknowledged promptly, investigated thoroughly, and resolved in collaboration with the complainant to ensure fair and satisfactory outcomes.

By implementing these quality measures, JOEE is committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and excellence in scholarly publishing within the field of online engineering education.