Policy Documents

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Engineering and Technology Review journal follows ethical standards in its publications to ensure quality and originality in the manuscripts. Engineering and Technology Review journal advises its authors, reviewers and editors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) website in addition to publication ethics of Engineering and Technology Review journal. Besides, they are also advised to contact the Editor of the Journal Dr. Gurumurthy Kalyanaram through email in this regard (Mail id: nmimsetr.journal@yahoo.com or nmimssbm.journal@nmims.edu). It is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behaviour for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer and the publisher. Our ethics statements are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Editor’s Publication decisions

The editor of the journal is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal’s editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may concur with other members of the editorial board or reviewers in making this decision.

Fair play

An editor will evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship or political philosophy of the authors.


The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript will not be used by the editor without the written consent of the author.

Duties of the reviewers

Contribution to Editorial Decisions

Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author, may also assist the author in improving the paper.


Any selected reviewer who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript, or knows that its prompt review is not possible, should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.


Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of Objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor’s attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Duties of Authors

Reporting standards

Authors of reports of original research 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. Fraudulent or inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are not acceptable.

Data Access and Retention

Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data. Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Originality and Plagiarism

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original work or appropriately cite or quote if they have used the work of others. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made significant contributions to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study.

Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.

The corresponding author should ensure that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript.


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 journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

Copyright Policy for Engineering and Technology Review journal

  • Copyright for the open access articles published by Engineering and Technology Review journal is retained by the author(s).
  • Authors grant Engineering and Technology Review journal the license to publish their articles and identify itself as the original publisher.
  • Authors also grant any third party the right to use their articles freely as long as the article’s integrity is maintained and its original authors, citation details and publisher are identified; for example, ‘© 2017, licensee NMIMS.’ Where an author is prevented from being the copyright holder, minor variations may be required. In such cases, the copyright line and license statement in individual articles will be adjusted. Authors requiring a variation of this type should inform NMIMS during or immediately after submission of their article.

Authors’ certification

In submitting an article to Engineering and Technology Review journal, authors are requested to certify that: the article is original, has not been formally published in any other peer-reviewed journal, is not under consideration by any other journal and does not infringe any existing copyright or any other third party rights. Please contact the editor if you have questions on the Copyright Policy.

ARCHIVING POLICY for Engineering and Technology Review journal

Scope statement

NMIMS will carefully archive all the issues of Engineering and Technology Review journal (ETR) and the current policy is to make this available free of cost. All issues and articles of Engineering and Technology Review journal are available electronically without any fees from the journal’s portal.


Engineering and Technology Review journal team has studied approaches to the archiving of its electronic information according to the following policy, exercising its best effort to adapt to rapidly changing publishing technology and financial models. NMIMS and subscribers understand that because of the still emerging nature of electronic publishing, there are many technical and financial uncertainties about how archiving will be accomplished by any publisher, library or third party. NMIMS intends to provide an archive for all its electronic journals.

Archive policy

NMIMS will act as an archive for all electronic information published by Engineering and Technology Review journal (ETR). The archives will include ETR publications in its original form. Information content will never be altered, but may be annotated or supplemented by clearly noted errata, references and other developments that occur subsequent to original publication.

NMIMS will ensure access to the archives of ETR’s electronic publications. The current policy is that the articles will be available free of charge. If publication of the journal is terminated, NMIMS will still continue to preserve the journal content. In case NMIMS should decide to discontinue its activity as a publisher, NMIMS will make its best effort to make arrangements to transmit the electronic publication archive for long-term preservation to a third party.

For the purposes of long term preservation, NMIMS will review available technologies at appropriate intervals and undertake digital migration of the content and associated information. The initial content will be in the predominant current standard (e.g. SGML-based) with suitable current standard based storage formats for figures, page images, and other information forms as they develop. Digital migration to new formats will be undertaken when current formats are in danger of becoming obsolete or unsupportable, or when new formats provide substantial improvements in features with no loss of content.

NMIMS is responsible for the long-term preservation of content published in ETR, journal articles and other materials stored within its archive. NMIMS declines all responsibility for the long term preservation, replication, refreshment and repackaging of any electronic information disseminated to a consumer from the archive. In particular, NMIMS has no responsibility for the maintenance of electronic collections of page images and for the maintenance of electronic offprint distributed to authors.

Usage rights of active institutional subscribers

Usage rights of active institutional subscribers will be governed by the then current Terms and Conditions of Use for Institutional Subscribers. Distribution to parties beyond that defined in the Terms and Conditions of Use may be permitted upon explicit agreement with NMIMS. Additional rights may be provided to institutions purchasing extended access methods.