The journal FME Transactions follows ethics norms accepted by international scientific community. It makes all efforts to prevent any infringements of the norms. This publication ethics statement, based on guidelines and standards developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), includes respective responsibilities of authors, reviewers, and editors. The FME Transactions does not charge any manuscript processing and/or publishing fees.
Digital copies of the journal are archived in the Digital Repository of the National Library of Serbia.
The Editor is responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the FME Transactions will be published. The Editor is guided by the policies of the journal's Editorial Board and constrained by legal requirements in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.
The Editor must hold no conflict of interest with regard to the articles he considers for publication. The Editor has a responsibility to protect the anonymity of reviewers as per the highest academic standards. The Editor will evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content free from any racial, gender, sexual, religious, ethnic, or political bias.
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author.
Authors warrant that their manuscripts are their original work that has not been published before and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors also warrant that the manuscript is not and will not be published elsewhere (prior and after the publication in the FME Transactions) in any language without the consent of the copyright holder.
It is posible that the selected papers from conferences organized by the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Belgrade or the scientific institutions that cooperate with it on the joint European projects (such as Tempus, Adria-Hub, Horizon 2020, etc.) can be published in the FME Transactions journal after a complete reviewing process. The name of the conference and the name of the conference organizer should be clearly indicated in the Acknowledgment of the published paper. At the same time, the conference paper should be removed from the conference site if it is exposed in its entirety.
Authors warrant that the rights of third parties will not be violated, and that the publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.
Authors are exclusively responsible for the contents of their submissions, the validity of the experimental results and must make sure that they have permission from all involved parties to make the data public. Authors wishing to include figures or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright holder(s) and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.
Authors must make sure that only contributors who have significantly contributed to the submission are listed as authors and, conversely, that all contributors who have significantly contributed to the submission are listed as authors.
Authors should ensure that they clearly cite, reference and acknowledge all instances where they have used or been influenced by the work of others, including their own previously published articles and research material.
It is the responsibility of each author to ensure that papers submitted to the FME Transactions are written with ethical standards in mind and that they do not contain plagiarism. Authors affirm that the article contains no unfounded or unlawful statements and does not violate the rights of others.
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 journal Editor or publisher and cooperate with the Editor to retract or correct the paper.
Plagiarism, where someone assumes another's ideas, words, or other creative expression as one's own, is a clear violation of scientific ethics. Plagiarism may also involve a violation of copyright law, punishable by legal action.
Any paper which shows obvious signs of plagiarism will be automatically rejected.
The submitted papers are subject to a peer review process (single-blind peer review). The purpose of peer review is to assist the Editor in making editorial decisions. Through the editorial communications with the author it may also assist the author in improving the paper.
The reviewers must not have conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the funding sources for the research. If such conflicts exist, the reviewers must report them to the Editor without delay. Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the Editor without delay.
The reviews must be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. The reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents.
All of the reviewers of a paper remain anonymous to the authors before, during and after the evaluation process.
All of the reviewers of a paper act independently and they are not aware of each other's identities. If the decisions of the two reviewers are not the same (accept/reject), the Editor may assign additional reviewers. The Editorial board shall ensure reasonable quality control for the reviews. With respect to reviewers whose reviews are convincingly questioned by authors, special attention will be paid to ensure that the reviews are objective and high in academic standard. When there is any doubt with regard to the objectivity of the reviews or quality of the review, additional reviewers will be assigned.
The FME Transactions is an Open Access Journal. All articles can be downloaded free of charge and used in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 Serbia (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/rs/)
The journal FME Transactions allows authors to deposit Author's Post-print (accepted version) and Publisher's version/PDF in an institutional repository and non-commercial subject-based repositories, such as arXiv or to publish it on Author's personal website (including social networking sites, such as ResearchGate, Academia.edu, etc.) and/or departmental website, at any time after publication. Publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged and a link must be made to the article's DOI.
Once the manuscript is accepted for publication, authors shall transfer the copyright to the Publisher. If the submitted manuscript is not accepted for publication by the journal, all rights shall be retained by the Author(s).
The Authors grant to the Publisher the following rights to the manuscript, including any supplemental material, and any parts, extracts or elements there of: