Guide for Authors

 | Post date: 2018/03/12 | 

1- Article Submission steps:

For submit manuscripts to Desert Ecosystem Engineering Journal (DEEJ), go to website: http://jdee.kashanu.ac.ir/journal/authors.note and done the following steps:

- Registration as a user in website

- Receiving the article special code

- Filling the article form with required data

- Checking the article and submitting related files and comments in the private page

- Approving the article

Authors who do not already have an account with DEEJ will be asked to create a short user profile and given a unique password.

At first manuscripts received are verified for formatting, aim and scope, then submitted through the standard peer review process for scientific publishing. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two reviewers. Times for review and consideration will vary.

It is very important that authors take the time to thoroughly review for grammar and spelling before submitting manuscripts. Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). By submitting a manuscript, the author guarantees that this manuscript (in its original language or in translations to other languages) excludes falsification, plagiarism and self-plagiarism, duplicate submissions, and multiple copying of similar information in different research papers.

2- Changes to authorship

If you wish to add, delete or rearrange the authors of your accepted paper: Before online publication: The corresponding author should contact the Journals Manager, and provide (a) the reason for the change, and (b) the written consent of all co-authors, including the authors being added or removed. Please note that your paper will not be published until the changes have been agreed. After online publication: Any requests to add, delete, or rearrange author names in an article published in an online issue will follow the same policies as noted above and result in a corrigendum.

3- Formatting requirements

Please use of Microsoft Word software (2003 or next versions). DEEJ website accept your file in doc format. Your manuscripts should consist of no more than 14 pages. Page format should be A4 with top, bottom, left and right margins of 2.5 cm. Please do not supply your typescript as a PDF. Contributions should be typed in Word format.

For the main text, please use Times New Roman font, point size 12. For heading please use point size 12 in Bold. Line spacing should be 1.5. Paragraph indent should be 0.5 cm. For measurements and physical quantities use the International System of Units (SI).

All manuscripts must contain the essential elements needed  to  convey  your  manuscript,  including Title, Authors name and affiliation,  Abstract,  Keywords,  Introduction,  Materials  and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgements, Figures and Tables.

3.1. Title

The title should be concise. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems.

3.2. Author name(s) and affiliation(s):

Full (unabbreviated) affiliations of author’s should be write. Full contact details (e-mail and postal address) are is mandatory for the corresponding author. If the authors of a manuscript have different affiliations, use superscripted lowercase letters to differentiate each one.

For other writers academic affiliation is required.

3.3. Abstract and Keywords:

The  abstract  should  not  be  too  short  and  should  not  contain  references  to other works. The abstract should be informative and detailed and should describe the main results and research methods. The  text  should  be preceded by an abstract of 250 words, which should  be  followed  by  maximum of 3 to 6  keywords  on  a separate line.

3.4. Introduction:

Describing the background of the work and its aims.

3.5. Material and Methods:

Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced. Also a brief description of the methods/techniques used (the principles of these methods should not be described if readers can be directed to easily accessible references or standard texts).

3.6. Results and Discussion:

A clear presentation of experimental results obtained, highlighting any trends or points of interest.

3.7. Conclusions:

A brief explanation of the significance and implications of the work reported.

3.8. Acknowledgements

You should include your acknowledgements at the end of your article, before the references list. The ‘Acknowledgements’ section should include a list of any contributors who lack necessary conditions for authorship.

3.9. References

- Citations in text

Use surname of author and year of publication: Beven (2002) or (Beven 2002). Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list.

- Reference links

We use digital object identifiers (DOIs) to link references to the source material. This can only be done if the data provided in the references are correct. Please be very careful, especially when copying references, to ensure that surnames, journal/book titles, publication year and pagination are all correct. Please include DOIs where available.

The  list  of  reference  should  be  given  in  alphabetical  order  with  sequential  numbering. References to unpublished works and reports are not allowed. References are to be given in Harvard style.

Citation in text 

Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list.Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list they should follow the standard reference style of the journal and should include a substitution of the publication date with either 'Unpublished results' or 'Personal communication'. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication

Reference formatting 

There are no strict requirements on reference formatting at submission. References can be in any style or format as long as the style is consistent. Where applicable, author(s) name(s), journal title/book title, chapter title/article title, year of publication, volume number/book chapter and the pagination must be present.

Reference style 

Text: All citations in the text should refer to: 

1. Single author: the author's name (without initials, unless there is ambiguity) and the year of publication; 

2. Two authors: both authors' names and the year of publication; 

3. Three or more authors: first author's name followed by 'et al.' and the year of publication. 

List: References should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters 'a', 'b', 'c', etc., placed after the year of publication. 

 If you do wish to format the references yourself they should be arranged according to the following examples (in table):

Journals

In-Text Example

Reference List Example

Single author

(Ranjbar, 2015)

Ranjbar, A, 2015. Variation characteristics of chlorophyll fluorescence of a typical Eremophyte (Smirnovia Iranica (Sabeti)) during phenological stages in the sand drift desert (Case study: In Kashan Region), Journal of Desert, Vol 21-1:35-41

Two authors

(Ghazavi. & Vali 2113,)

Ghazavi R. and VAli A.B. 2113. The effect of planted saltbush (Atriplex lentiformis) on edaphic factors in grazed and ungrazed area. International Journal of Natural Resources and Marine Sciences. Vol 21: 113-122

Three or more authors

(Omidvar et al 2015)

Omidvar,E., Kavian, A., Solaimani,K. and Mashari, S, 2015.Investigation of Applicability of Soil Map Units to Estimate the Spatial Variability of Soil Erodibility, Journal of Desert Ecosystem Engineering, Vol 9: 95-107.

Proceedings

In-Text Example

Reference List Example

Published Conferences, seminars and meeting

(Heydarnezhad, & Ranjbar Fordoie, 2016)

Heydarnezhad, S and Ranjbar Fordoie A, 2016. Statistical analysis of dust events in Lorestan province during 2001-2012, The first International Conference on Dust. Ahvaz. Iran.

Book

In-Text Example

Reference List Example

Single author

(Doss 2003)

Doss, G., 2003, IS project management handbook, Aspen Publishers, New York.

Two authors

(Laudon & Laudon 2003)

Laudon, K.C. & Laudon, J.P., 2003, Essentials of management information systems:

Three or more authors

In-text: initially

(Coveney, Ganster & King 2003)

In-text: thereafter

(Coveney et al. 2003)

Coveney, M., Ganster, S. & King, D., 2003, The strategy gap: Leveraging

technology to execute winning strategies, Wiley, Hoboken, N.J.

chapter in an edited book

(Mettam & Adams, 2009)

Mettam, G.R. and Adams, L.B. 2009. How to prepare an electronic version of your article, in: Jones, B.S. and Smith, R.Z. (Eds.), Introduction to the Electronic Age. E-Publishing Inc., New York, pp. 281–304.

edited book

Shaw (ed. 2003:87) indicates that ‘

Shaw, M.J. (ed.), 2003. E-business management: Integration of Web technologies with business models, Kluwer Academic, London.

In-Text Example

Reference List Example

thesis

(Heydarnezhad, 2014)

Heydarnezhad, S. 2014. Evaluating the halo-phytoremediation potential of Seidlitzia rosmarinus L. on salt contaminated soil, University of kashan, kashan. Iran.

 

In-Text Example

Reference List Example

webpage

According to Greenpeace (n.d.), genetically modified foods are

or

Greenpeace (n.d.:1 of 2) recommends that ‘fewer genetically …’.

Greenpeace n.d., The future is GE free, viewed 28 September 2005, from

http://www.greenpeace.org.au/ge/farming/canola.html.


































































References to works by the same author should be arranged in chronological order.

4. Typesetting Requirements

4.1. Subdivision - numbered sections

Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2 ...), 1.2, etc. (the abstract is not included in section numbering).

Please ensure the figures and the tables included in the single file are placed next to the relevant text in the manuscript, rather than at the bottom or the top of the file. The corresponding caption should be placed directly below the figure or table.

4.2. Math formulae

Please  submit  math  equations  as  editable  text  and  not  as  images.

 

Tables

Please submit tables as editable text and not as images. Tables can be placed either next to the relevant  text  in  the  article,  or  on  separate  page(s)  at  the  end.  Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and place any table notes below the table body. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in them do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article. Please avoid using vertical rules and shading in table cells.

4.3. Figures

All figures should be embedded correctly positioned within your Word files. Figures should be numbered consecutively as Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. Use Times New Roman with 10 pt type for captions. Legends should be set in the figures.  Photos should be sharp and clear.  All explanations to drawings and photographs should be put after a figure in the notes, in which case figures should include the respective number callouts. All figures must be numbered and titled. If there is only one figure in the text, it should not be numbered and the reference in the text is indicated as (figure). Geographical maps should have a scale.

Note: Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines will be rejected by the editorial board. After revision of a manuscript by the authors in accordance with peer reviewer remarks, the manuscript will be reconsidered by a peer reviewer. The final decision regarding the publication of a manuscript will be made by the editorial board.


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publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

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Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement
1. Editorial Policies
1.1 Peer Review Policy
Peer review process in Desert Ecosystem Engineering Journal (DEEJ) is mostly double-blinded in which the reviewer’s name is unknown to the author and, vice versa. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees.  The review process is done as quickly as possible, and an editorial decision is normally made within 6 - 8 weeks of submission.
Manuscripts are initially reviewed by the Editors and only those in accord with the aims and scope of the journal which advance its scientific and editorial standards are sent for outside review.
1.2 Authorship
The list of authors should include anyone who has significantly contributed to the writing of the article. Relative scientific or professional influences of contributors should be considered while specifying principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits. In multiple-authored articles which are derived from a student’s dissertation or thesis, normally the name of the student is listed as the principal author. 
2. Publishing Policies
2.1 TMU Press
TMU Press accepts all the terms and conditions of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Authors may refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors for comprehensive information.
 
2.1.1 Plagiarism
Plagiarism or other breaches in publication are taken extremely serious in DEEJ TMU Press. The rights of authors are protected and claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal are investigated. Articles submitted are checked using duplication-checking software. If an article is found to have plagiarized other work or contained third-party copyright material without authorization or adequate acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, TMU Press reserves the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum; removing the article from the journal; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; proscription of the author from publication in the journal or proper legal action.
Plagiarism as it is described in wikipedia “is the "wrongful appropriation" and "stealing and publication" of another author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions" and the representation of them as one's own original work. The idea remains problematic with unclear definitions and unclear rules.
Plagiarism is not in itself a crime, but can constitute copyright infringement. In academia and industry, it is a serious ethical offense. Plagiarism and copyright infringement overlap to a considerable extent, but they are not equivalent concepts, and many types of plagiarism do not constitute copyright infringement, which is defined by copyright law and may be adjudicated by courts. Plagiarism is not defined or punished by law, but rather by institutions (including professional associations, educational institutions, and commercial entities, such as publishing companies).”
 
2.2 Experimentation ethics
 authors who study on human subjects need to state that in the materials and methods section: a) patients’ consent and b) authors specify whether the procedures followed have been gauged by a responsible review committee. Where no formal committee is available the research must be in accordance with Helsinki Declaration as revised in 2013. Where animals are included in the research all animals should have received human care according to the criteria outlined in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals prepared by the National Academy of Science and published by the National Institutes of Health.(NIH publication 23-86, revised 1985)
 
3. How to submit your manuscript
Prior to submitting your manuscript, make sure you have carefully read and adhere to all the following guidelines and instructions to authors. Needless to say, manuscripts not in line with these instructions will be returned.
DEEJ has no word limit. Preliminary demands on appropriate topics may be emailed to the Editor. Each manuscript should comprise of a title page with full title. In order for double-blinded review to happen, each author’s full name with their affiliation and current address/phone/fax/email information along with a brief biographical note needs to be provided on a separate page. Manuscripts which meet all the criteria in the Manuscript Submission Guidelines can be sent to the Editor. 
Covering letter: To every submission attach a covering a letter approving that all authors have agreed to the submission. The letter should be written and signed by the corresponding author on behalf of all authors. It should also confirm that the manuscript has not been previously published nor is being considered for publication elsewhere. It also should include authors’ completed contact information such as addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail.
 
 
4. Journal copyright issues
For the author, as the holder of the rights, it is required by DEEJ to sign Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. The Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive license agreement assuring that the author will preserve the work’s copyright, however, it also provides DEEJ with the only and exclusive right and license to publish for the complete lawful period of copyright. Nevertheless, there may be cases of exception, when the copyright is needed or proffered to be assigned by some owner other than DEEJ.
Issues related to copyright violation, plagiarism or any other deviations from best practice in publication are taken very seriously by DEEJ. We are dedicated to protect our authors’ rights, and shall always investigate any reports concerning plagiarism or misapplication of articles you publish in the journal. Likewise, we are bound to keep the journal away from any case of misuse. We employ duplication-checking software to check the articles submitted to the journal. If it turns out that the article is an instance of plagiarism from other works, or if some copyright material is included in the submitted article without prior permission or proper acknowledgement, or if there are disputes over the authorship of the article, we shall maintain our right to take necessary actions. We may publish an erratum or corrigendum (correction); remove the article from Journal; take up the issue to the head of the institution, department or any other pertinent academic society or take any other lawful action, such as prohibiting the author from publishing articles in this specific journal or all the journals belonging to DEEJ.
It is essential for you to confirm a statement of conflicting interests in your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement.
 
5. Declaration of conflicting interests
Your statements should be placed at the end of your manuscript, after acknowledgements and before the references. This part should have a heading: ‘Statement of Conflicting Interests. If there is no statement, in your article under this heading will be printed ‘None Stated’. Conversely, you may prefer to express that ‘
 The Author(s) state(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.
 When you make a statement, please bear in mind that the disclosure information need to be specific, and include any financial relationship that exists among authors of the article and any supporting institute and the for-profit interests the institute signifies as well as any for-profit product which is discussed or implicitly mentioned in the article.
Any marketable or monetary contributions that may signify the presence of a conflict of interest should be made known in the covering letter that goes with your article to help the Editor decide if you have made adequate disclosure in the Statement of Conflicting Interests you provide in your article.
 
6. Acknowledgements
You should include your acknowledgements at the end of your article, before the Statement of Conflicting Interests (if there are any). It should also precede your notes and References.
The ‘Acknowledgements’ section should include a list of any contributors who lack necessary conditions for authorship. For example, you may acknowledge those who only provided technical help, those who assisted you in writing, or any authority who helped you merely through general support. Authors are required to mention if they have been helped in writing, and should disclose the identity of the party that has paid for this help.
  
6.1 Funding Acknowledgement
All writers are asked to report their funding on a regular basis and under a separate heading. You need to affirm that: “this research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.”
 All research articles are required to have a funding acknowledgement in the form of the sentence below. The name of the funding agency must be written in full, followed by the grant number in square brackets:
  This work was supported by the Kashan University [grant number xxx].
 In case the paper has various grant numbers, they should be divided by comma and space. If the research was financed by numerous agencies, the different agencies should be mentioned in the acknowledgment, separated by semi-colon, with ‘and’ before the final name, as follows:
 This work was supported by  … University [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the … University [grant number zzzz]; and the Ministry of Technologies and Sciences [grant number aaaa].
Occasionally, a research is not funded by a particular project funding, but from the block grant and other resources of a university, college or other research institution. In cases where no specific granting has been provided, researchers are required to use the following sentence: “This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.”
Under the separate heading of Funding, take in this information directly after any other Acknowledgements and before your Declaration of Conflicting Interests, any Notes and References.
 
7. Permissions
It is authors’ responsibility to attain permission from copyright holders for copying figures, tables, illustrations etc. previously published. 
 

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