The Ethical Guidelines of the Journal of Agricultural Engineering

The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher and the journals.

Journal of Agricultural Engineering adheres to the below ethical guidelines for publication and research.

Peer review process

All of the journal’s content, apart from any editorial material that is clearly marked as such, is subjected to peer review. Peer review is defined as obtaining advice on individual manuscripts from reviewers expert in the field who are not part of the journal’s editorial staff.

If the journal’s Editor-in-Chief has invited you to review a manuscript, please consider the following:

  1. Reviewing a manuscript critically but constructively and preparing detailed comments about the manuscript to help authors improve their work,
  2. Reviewing multiple versions of a manuscript as necessary,
  3. Providing all required information within established deadlines,
  4. Making recommendations to the editor regarding the suitability of the manuscript for publication in the journal,
  5. Declaring to the editor any potential conflicts of interest with respect to the authors or the content of a manuscript they are asked to review,
  6. Reporting possible research misconducts,
  7. Suggesting alternative reviewers in case they cannot review the manuscript for any reasons,
  8. Treating the manuscript as a confidential document,
  9. Not making any use of the work described in the manuscript,
  10. Not communicating directly with authors, if somehow they identify the authors,
  11. Not identifying themselves to authors,
  12. Not passing on the assigned manuscript to another reviewer,
  13. Ensuring that the manuscript is of high quality and original work,
  14. Informing the editor if he/she finds the assigned manuscript is under consideration in any other publication to his/her knowledge,
  15. Writing review report in English only.


  1. Novelty and Originality
  2. Scientific reliability
  3. Valuable contribution to the field
  4. Ethical aspects
  5. Structure of the article submitted and its relevance to Authors’ Guidelines
  6. References provided to substantiate the content
  7. Grammar, punctuation, spelling, and referencing and citation style
  8. Academic misconduct