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About the Journal

Revista Ingenierías Universidad de Medellín is a multi-disciplinary publication in the engineering areas. The journal broadcasts research results that contribute to regional and global development from an engineering perspective. The journal prioritizes the reception of products derived from research projects for making and adequate divulgation among academics, students and other groups of interest in society.

In Revista Ingenierías Universidad de Medellín we are aware of the need for proper circulation of scientific knowledge in our region and the need to provide elements for the analysis and solution to specific problems.

Nonetheless, we recognize the need for circulation as wide as possible within the academic communities and, for that reason, as from 2021 our journal will publish its contents in English exclusively and continuing with its tradition of open access circulation.

The journal guarantees and ethical treatment of the contents and assures that in every procedure involving authors, arbitrators and editors there is a total abiding of the COPE standards.

Each article is initially reviewed by the editorial team, who determine its pertinence and initial quality requirements for our publication. After that, the article is sent to a group of peer evaluators, preferably from countries different from Colombia. Then the assessment of the text continues with the "double-blind" procedure in which neither the authors nor the evaluators know each other.

Every article is reviewed at least two times. Each evaluator can dispose of approximately three weeks for this step of the process, nevertheless, the complete process is estimated to last six months.

The arbitrators are competent academics from their respective fields of study and the fundamental criterion for their appointment is having published in high impact scientific journals in the last two years.
The normal editorial process of an article since its reception until the editorial decision can take up to 6 or 7 months. In case of being accepted, the time of publication from its acceptance is up to 4 months. The journal permanently checks its processes to optimize the timeframe for each step of the editorial process taking into account the large volume of articles received by it.

On the selection of articles and the communication flow with authors

The selection of articles and communication with authors is based on the following procedures and considerations:

  • The OJS platform under which the journal operates generates automatic messages when the authors make new submissions. The message generated by the platform is considered as a submission confirmation.
  • The editorial team checks compliance with the requirements established in the guidelines for authors.
  • If the requirements are not met, the OJS system generates a communication on behalf of the editor or a section editor, indicating the author or group of authors the adjustments necessary, which must be fulfilled in a lapse not greater than two weeks. The author or correspondent author must send an additional mail to revistaingenierias@udem.edu.co indicating that the adjustments were made.
  • If an article does not meet the standards it is rejected, their authors notified and archived.
  • Once the article fulfils the requirements is then referred to a section editor for the appointment of the evaluator peer.
  • The communication with the peer evaluators is made in accordance with the protocols and the templates established by the OJS.
  • The evaluators are responsible for guaranteeing the quality of the article and emit a concept on the possible publication of the text. In the case of having opposite concepts (one of the evaluators recommending its publication and the other one not), the procedure dictates for a third evaluator. In the case that the third evaluator does not settle the controversy, the Editorial and the Scientific Committees will be appointed for emitting a final qualified concept.
  • Once the article is approved for publication by the evaluators, the editorial team evaluates the quality of the article.
  • The article is sent back to its author or authors for making modifications or adjustments as appointed by the evaluator or the editorial team. If these are not made, the article will be rejected.
  • The author or group of authors has a prudent timeframe of a maximum of two weeks for making corrections to the article. At this instance, an article approved by evaluators might be rejected if the authors do not incorporate the requested changes or if they do not answer the journal's messages within the two weeks time-frame appointed for this stage. The authors are permanently notified of these procedures and time limits.
  • Finally, the article is sent to preliminary translation, style correction and layout processes.
  • The authors are then asked to emit their opinion regarding the first print proofs to detect any layout inconsistencies.
  • The process continues with the online and print publication of the correspondent issue.


Publication frequency

Revista Ingenierías Universidad de Medellín has a biennial periodicity and thus it publishes two issues per year in the January-June and the July-December periods. The publication of each issue is continuous and might start even before the determined deadline but never exceeding the last day of June for the first issue and the last day of December for the last one.

The journal accepts submission permanently all year long. To define what are the articles included in the evaluation process for each issue, these are the deadlines dates:

Issue

Deadline

1st January-June

September 30th

2nd July-December

March 31st

The journal prioritizes the reception of original articles. The journal understands as an original article those derived from finished or ongoing research that has original conclusions for the development of science.

Review articles have also a place in our journal so far as we consider them to be highly relevant in their contribution to science. We expect of review articles being contributions that integrate critically the careful reading and the analysis of an important number of bibliographical references that result in a reading of the advancements, the voids and the perspectives of knowledge on the object they are tackling.

The journal has recently promoted the publication of articles derived from conferences in which there is special care for the peer-reviewing process. These are results of finished or ongoing research projects that present original and relevant contributions to science that require agile broadcasting. They are written based on lectures in scientific events of academic quality and relevance but paying special attention to a significant difference between both texts that derive in tolerable originality.

Other types of articles accepted by the journal are the reflection articles that are not derived from research, which are documents that present original points of view that arise from a revision of a topic, the reflection on a particular problem, from the interest for opening a debate or from the continuous analysis of an interesting problem for science across time and for which high-quality sources are consulted.

All of the articles received before the deadline are included in the evaluation process for each issue of the journal. Depending on the number of articles received and approved for evaluation, the journal might decide the anticipation of the constitution of future issues.
Revista Ingenierías Universidad de Medellín adheres to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), which means that it is obliged to monitor its procedures and must perform them transparently in front of its public. These are the ethical principles and procedures that guide the journal's action according to the different roles intervening on the process.

Regarding authors:

  • The author must manifest that the article is original, has not been published, must guarantee the veracity of data and that it has not been submitted and neither will be submitted to any other while undergoing an editorial process with Revista Ingenierías Universidad de Medellín.
  • They must know the guidelines for authors and comply with them.
  • The author must state with veracity and precision its academic titles, their enrollment in research groups, their ORCID code, their institutional affiliation, their address, city, phone number and email with which the author is registered in the OJS.
  • They must state any relevant conflict of interest for all the contributors if there were any.
  • They must guarantee that those who contributed to the elaboration process of the article and that made a significant contribution to the presented results are stated as authors.
  • Revista Ingenierías Universidad de Medellín rejects the bad practice of the reproduction of final degree works in undergraduate or graduate careers in which the directors of the works are included as co-authors without having made any contribution whatsoever. The journal encourages that the directors of final degree works or thesis and their students are involved in a fair proportion in the texts to submit
  • They must make aware to the editors if any individual must not review the submitted material, every time those requests are reasonable and viable.
  • They must know the publications dates of the journal, as well as the deadlines for submission and approval of articles.
  • The author can appeal against the editorial decisions.


Regarding reviewers or arbitrators:

  • The journal, in its peer review process, selects international arbitrators with expertise in the topics following a blind double peer system to guarantee that the review is in accordance with anonymity standards.
  • The reviewers must state any possible conflict of interests that might arise from the closeness or hostility against any of the authors. Likewise, if the reviewer identifies the author(s) despite the removal of their names from the manuscript. The arbitrators must declare any conflict of interests and reject the invitation of the editors for evaluating the manuscript when, for example, they identify the authorship of the manuscript, they are academically or family-related, they belong to the same university, department or research group, professional network, research project or any other kind of connection or professional proximity. Given any of these cases, the reviewer must decline the editor's invitations for arbitrating the article.
  • The arbitrators must review the article within the timeline stated by the journal (three weeks, maximum 6) to follow the stipulated times and paying due diligence to the authors and their works.
  • The reviewer must keep strict confidentiality in the assessment of the article and must not divulge its content to any third parties.
  • Reviewers can not, under any circumstance, use the material trusted by the journal for their publications or personal benefit. The contents of the articles can only be used properly citing the source and once the article is successfully edited and published.
  • The reviewers can not disclose the contents or the information of the evaluation with people different from the journal’s editors.
  • The opinion of the reviewers is vital for detecting the originality of the article and guaranteeing the scientific and literary quality of the manuscript.
  • The evaluations must have an exhaustive analysis of the manuscript, contrasting the information the article presents with the verification of the scientific literature used in the document and the reviewers must also present a detailed report on the suitability of the article to the editors.
  • The reviewers must make commentaries on the ethical problems arising from possible inadequate conducts of the publications of the research.


Regarding editors:

  • The editors must guarantee the quality of the material published in the journal.
  • They must also select expert peers with knowledge, experience and academic trajectory in the topic without conflict of interests.
  • They must guarantee that each article has at least two relevant and high-quality evaluations.
  • They must uphold intellectual rights.
  • Guarantee the confidentiality and anonymity of the authors and reviewers in the process; as well as in every aspect regarding consent and special requirements for research on human beings and animals.
  • They must publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies whenever necessary.
  • Actively search for points of view of authors, reader, reviewers and members of the committee of other journals of possible ways of improving its publishing processes.
  • Comply with the biannual periodicity declared by the journal.
  • Identify, select and review the composition of the members of the scientific and editorial committees in accordance with the experience and academic trajectory of its integrants.
  • Employ systems for the detection of falsifications as a routine procedure and in those pieces suspicious of plagiarism. For this regard, the journal employs the Turnitin software to determine the similarity of an article with other documents. Revista Ingenierías Universidad de Medellín explicitly and categorically rejects plagiarism in its articles and reports any of these conducts whenever necessary with due diligence with those involved.


Regarding the Editorial and Scientific Committees :

  • Give advice and recommendation to the editors on strategies and policies that allow the improvement of the scientific quality of the journal.
  • Evaluate the published issues to identify errors and suggest changes in the following issues.
  • Recommend new integrants for the Scientific and Editorial Committees of the journal.
  • Recommend topics and support the editorial process of the special issues of the journal.
  • Watch for the compliance of the editorial requirements of the journal and the new dispositions the journal has to perform for improving and keeping its visibility and international credibility.
  • Contribute to the assignation of peer reviewers for topics related to their areas whenever required to it.
  • Serve as arbitrators in case of controversies due to contradictory evaluations or dubious scientific quality.
In case of having a complaint on any action by Revista Ingenierías Universidad de Medellín, please follow this procedure:

  • The best way to communicate an inquiry is via email to the address revistaingenierias@udem.edu.co, clearly stating the complaint.
  • When the complaint is referred to the action of an evaluator or a member of the Editorial Committee, please address your communication to the journal’s Editor.
  • When the complaint is referred to the general behavior of the editorial team or the Editor, please address your communication to the Chief of the University of Medellin Publishing House through the PQRSF system (Requests, Complaints, Claims, Suggestions and Congratulations in its Spanish acronym):https://pqrsf.udem.edu.co/
  • The journal will have a maximum of five workdays for confirming the reception of the complaint.
  • The Editorial Committee of the journal is the instance in which, under normal conditions, the final decision on the complaint will be addressed.
  • In case the Editorial Committee of the journal can not provide a final answer, the Chief of the Publishing House of the University of Medellin will emit it and resolve the case.
Revista Ingenierías Universidad de Medellín does not charge any fee for the processing of articles (Article Processing Charge [APC]). The journal does not charge for articles submission either.

Correspondence:

The authors must specify in their registration on the OJS which one of them will be appointed as a correspondence author. This will be the person with whom the Editor or the Editorial Committee will keep contact in all aspect regarding the publication and edition processes.

Note:the journal does not charge any fees for the publication of manuscripts.
Our journal is a scientific publication of the School of Engineering of the University of Medellin and its part of the publications of the University of Medellin.

The University of Medellin finances the journal with its resources.
The University of Medellin finances the journal with its resources.

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