Scope of the International Journal of Advanced Quality

The main objective of the Journal is to provide an international forum for the exchange of knowledge, experience, research results and information about various aspects of the state-of-the-art and the future development of quality and publishing only original articles.

The scope of the Journal covers philosophical, scientific and practical concepts concerning research, development and application of quality advanced approaches.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Advanced Quality approaches;
• Business excellence models (applications and development trends);
• TQM & manufacturing management;
• Quality Management and Integrated Management Systems
• World class performance;
• Attractive quality;
• Robust engineering;
• Six sigma model;
• Intelligent quality tools and methods;
• Virtual factory and virtual quality;
• Intelligent metrology in manufacturing;
• Intelligent and virtual CMM;
• Business process improvement;
• Breakthrough management;
• Organizational Excellence;
• Intelligent design for quality;
• Intelligent Business;
• Quality in Higher Education;
• Quality of the Public Services / health care;
• Digital engineerin / manufacturing / quality;
• Manufuture initiative and Micro-nano manufacturing / Metrology.

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Peer Review Policy

All articles in this journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymous double-blind review.

Authors that have reviewing interests can contact us if they want to be considered to be involved in reviewing process.

Instructions for Authors

Manuscripts should be sent either as  Word (.doc) or  PDF (.pdf)  document using submission process in this on line platform. The authors should prepare their manuscripts to be submitted by strictly respecting guidelines and rules which they can find in the submission part of this platform.  We strongly advise authors to read carefully information on this page about rewieving policy, open access policy, copyright policy, competing interests, plagiarism and ethical statement.

Competing Interests

A competing interest—often called a conflict of interest—exists when professional judgment concerning a primary interest (such as quality of some service, business process or product) may be influenced by a secondary interest (such as financial gain or personal rivalry). It may arise for the authors of an article in The IJAQ when they have a financial interest that may influence the statements expressed in article.

Authors are obliged to inform us about any competing interests that authors may have, and that if we publish the article readers should know about them too. We also ask our editorial board members and reviewers to declare any competing interests they may have.

A declaration of interests for all authors must be received before an article can be reviewed and accepted for publication.

Plagiarism

The authors who submit their manuscripts to be published in IJAQ should NOT claim or submit the academic work of another as one’s own.

We agree with definition of plagiarism as stated below:

“Plagiarism is copying another person’s text or ideas and passing the copied material as your own work. …You must both delineate (i.e., separate and identify) the copied text from your text and give credit to (i.e., cite the source) the source of the copied text to avoid accusations of plagiarism.  Plagiarism is considered fraud and has potentially harsh consequences including loss of job, loss of reputation, and the assignation of reduced or failing grade in a course.

This definition of plagiarism applies for copied text and ideas:

(i) regardless of the source of the copied text or idea;

(ii) regardless of whether the author(s) of the text or idea which you have copied actually copied that text or idea from another source; 

(iii) regardless of whether or not the authorship of the text or idea which you copy is known;

(iv) regardless of the nature of your text (journal paper/article, webpage, book chapter, paper submitted for college course, etc) into which you copy the text or idea; 

(v) regardless of  whether or not the author of the source of the copied material gives permission for the material to be copied; and

(vi) regardless of whether you are or are not the author of the source of the copied text or idea (self plagiarism).

This definition also applies for figures and figure legends and for tables and table legends which you copy into your text.” 

Quoted from “Plagiarism:  What It Is and How to Avoid It”, Peter Cobbett, PhD, August 2016

Submitted manuscripts that fall under definition of plagiarism will not be considered for publishing.

Open Access Policy

IJAQ is an Open Access Journal.

This journal provides immediate Open Access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

IJAQ encourage readers, authors and librarians to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of its articles and allow wider readership to use them for any other lawful purpose.

All articles can be downloaded free of charge and used in accordance with the license that is published below each published article.

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Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Sponsorship Disclosure

Author is obliged to identify the sources of sponsored research and financial support. Sponsored content must be clearly identified to readers as sponsored.  Supporting and sponsoring agencies must be clearly stated.

Support to Persons with Disability Statement

Authors, librarians and readers with temporary or continuous disability are encouraged to contact us for assistance if they experience any technical difficulty while interacting with our journal. The assistance to persons with disability will be given free of charge.

 Ethical Statement

Although some parts of submission, review and publishing process are described in other parts of our site we emphasize ethical statement related to those parts separately in paragraphs below.

Authors’ Responsibilities

Authors are responsible to comply with ethical standards related to scientific and research work. Authors guarantee that their articles contain no unfounded or unlawful statements and do not violate the rights of third parties. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.

Reporting standards

 A manuscript should contain sufficient details and references to enable reviewers and, subsequently, readers to verify the claims presented therein. Intentional presentation of false claims represents a violation of ethical standards. Authors are exclusively responsible for the contents of their submitted manuscripts and, if necessary, they must have obtained permission from all the persons or institutions directly involved in the research presented in the manuscripts. Authors wishing to include in their articles the illustrations, tables or other materials that have been already published elsewhere, are required to obtain permission from the copyright holders. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

Authorship

 Authors are required to list as authors only the persons who have significantly contributed to the content of the manuscript, i.e. they shall list all the persons who have significantly contributed to the content of the manuscript as authors. If persons other than the authors were involved in the significant aspects of the research project and the manuscript preparation, their contribution should be mentioned in a footnote or the acknowledgement section.

Acknowledgement of sources

 Authors are required to properly cite sources that have significantly influenced the content of their research and their manuscript. Information received in a private conversation or correspondence with third parties, while reviewing project applications, manuscripts and similar materials, must not be used without explicit written consent of the information source.

Partnerships

Crossref

DOI

EOQ - The European Organization for Quality

CIRP - The international Academy for Production engineering

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development

ISO - International Organization for Standardization

SMEITS - The Union of Mechanical and Electrical Engineers and Technicians of Serbia

Conflict of interests

Authors shall disclose in their manuscripts any financial or any other conflicts of interest that might have any influence on the presented results and interpretations.

Errors in published articles

In case an author discovers a significant error in his/her published article, it is his/her obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with them to retract or correct the article. By submitting their manuscripts to the editorial staff of the journal, the authors agree to abide by the responsibilities listed above.

Reviewers Responsibilities

Reviewers shall timely deliver to the editor a competent, well-argumented and unbiased evaluation of the scientific value of the manuscript. The reviewers assess the manuscript for the compliance with the profile of the journal, the relevance of the investigated topic and applied methods, the originality and scientific relevance of information presented in the manuscript, the scientific presentation style and scholarly apparatus. Reviewers should notify the editor of any reasonable doubts or the knowledge of violations of ethical standards by the authors. The reviewers should recognize relevant published works that have not been cited by the authors. They should also alert the editor to substantial similarities between a reviewed manuscript and any manuscript published or reviewed for publication by any other journal, in the event they have personal knowledge thereof. Reviewers should also alert the editor if the same manuscript is submitted to several journals at the same time, in the event they have personal knowledge thereof.

The Reviewers must not have conflict of interest with authors or the research funder. If such conflicts exist, the reviewers must report them to the Editor without delay.

Any reviewer who feels incompetent for the topic or field of the manuscript, should notify the editor thereof without delay.

Reviews must be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is deemed inappropriate. The reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments. Manuscripts received for review must be deemed as confidential documents. The reviewers must not use unpublished material from submitted manuscripts without the explicit written consent of their authors, and the information and ideas presented in the submitted manuscripts must be kept confidential and must not be used for personal gain.

Review Process

The submitted manuscripts are subject to a review process. The purpose of the review is to assist the editor in deciding whether a manuscript should be accepted or not, and to improve the quality of the manuscripts through the communication with their authors.

Reviews are anonymous.

The reviewer must finish his review within ten days as from the date the manuscript has been received. If prevented to finish his job within the given period of time, the reviewer must notify the editor-in-chief without delay.

Reviews are free of charge.

The choice of reviewers is at the editor’s discretion. The reviewers must have relevant knowledge about the subject area of the manuscript and they must not be from the author’s institution and they should not have recent joint publications with any of the authors (as co-authors) of the manuscript. During the review process, the editor may request from the author to provide supplementary information (including raw data), if such information is necessary for making a judgment on the scientific contribution (merit) of the manuscript. The editor and reviewer will keep such information as confidential and will not use it for personal gain

The editorial board shall ensure the quality control for the review. In case authors have serious and grounded objections to a review, the editorial board shall l check whether the review is objective and whether it meets academic standards. In case of any doubt with regard to the objectivity or quality of the review, the editor will seek opinions of other reviewers.

Procedures for dealing with unethical behaviour

Any individual or institution may at any time inform the editor and/or editorial staff of suspected unethical behaviour or any type of misconduct by providing the necessary information/evidence.

Investigation regarding presented statements and evidence. 

The editor-in-chief shall in agreement with the editorial board decide to initiate the investigation procedure. During such investigation procedure, any evidence will be considered confidential and will only be presented to those persons directly involved in the procedure. The persons suspected to have violated ethical standards will be given an opportunity to respond to any charges made against them. If it is established that misconducts have occurred, it will be assessed whether they should be classified as minor or major violations of ethical standards.

Minor violation

Situations characterised as a minor violation will be dealt directly with the persons who have committed the violation, without involving any third parties, for example: by notifying the author/reviewer that a minor violation has occurred as a result of misunderstanding or misapplication of academic standards; a letter of warming to the author /reviewer who has committed a minor violation.

Major violation of ethical standards

Decisions related to major violations of ethical standards should be made by the editor-in-chief in cooperation with the editorial board and, if necessary, with a small group of experts. The measures to be undertaken may be the following (and they may be implemented separately or jointly ):

 * publication of an announcement or editorial describing the case of violation of ethical standards;

 * sending a formal letter to the author’s/reviewer’s managers or employers;

 * retraction of the published article in accordance with the procedure described under the Retraction Policy;

 * a ban on submissions from the authors for a defined period of time;

 * referring a case to professional organization or competent authorities for further action.

When dealing with unethical behaviour, the editorial board of the journal will rely on the guidelines and recommendations provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics – COPE.

Retraction Policy

Violation of the rights of publishers, copyright holders or authors, violation of professional ethical codes, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data as well as all other cases of major violation of ethical standards require retraction of a published article. Occasionally an already published article may be retracted to correct subsequently detected errors. The standards for dealing with retractions have been developed by libraries and scientific bodies, and this practice has also been adopted by International Journal “Advanced Quality“. The retracted article is kept in its original form, with a watermark on the PDF indicating on each page that the article has been retracted (RETRACTED).

Self-archiving

The journals allow authors to deposit the final, published version of the manuscript in PDF format in an institutional repository and/or non-commercial subject-based repositories, or to publish them on their personal websites (including social networking sites, such as ResearchGate, Academia.edu, etc.) and/or on the website of the institution in which they are employed, one year following the publication in the journal. Thereby they must state the basic bibliographic data on the article published in the journal (authors, article title, journal title, year, volume, pagination).

Copyright

Once the manuscript is accepted for publication, authors shall transfer the copyright to the publisher. If the submitted manuscript is not accepted for printing by the journal, the authors shall retain all their rights. The following rights on the manuscript are transferred to the publisher, including any supplementary materials and any parts, extracts or elements of the manuscript:

 * the right to reproduce and distribute the manuscript in printed form, including print-on-demand;

 * the right to print prepublications, reprints and special editions of the manuscript;

 * the right to translate the manuscript into other languages;

 * the right to reproduce the manuscript using photomechanical or similar means including, but not limited to photocopy, and the right to distribute these copies;

 * the right to reproduce and distribute the manuscript electronically or optically using and all data carriers or storage media, and especially in machine readable/digitalized form on data carriers such as hard drive, CD-ROM, DVD, Blu-ray Disc (BD), Mini Disc, data tapes, and the right to reproduce and distribute the article via these data carriers;

 * the right to store the manuscript in databases, including online databases, as well as the right to transmit the manuscript in all technical systems and modes;

 * the right to make the manuscript available to the public or to closed user groups on individual demand, for use on monitors or other readers (including e-books), and in printable form for the user, either via the Internet, online service, or via internal or external networks.

Authors reserve the copyright to published articles and have the right to use the article in the same manner like third parties in accordance with the licence Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY). Thereby they must quote the basic bibliographic data of the source article published in the journal (authors, article title, journal title, volume, pagination). Authors or third parties may use the article in the manner that has not been defined by the Editorial Policy and licence conditions only with written consent of the journal publisher.

Disclaimer

The views expressed in the published works do not express the views of the editor and members of the editorial board. Authors assume their legal and moral responsibility for the ideas expressed in their articles. The publisher will not be haled responsible should there be any claims for compensation.