Publication ethics

 

Authors

The Author declares that the submitted full paper is original and in its present form has not been published elsewhere in any form, that it has not been submitted to any journal/proceedings and that it will not be submitted to any other journal/scientific proceedings, if it is accepted for publication in the GEOLINKS Conference Proceedings. GEOLINKS conference consider only original content, i.e. articles that have not been previously published, including in a language other than English.

The Authors are responsible for the research they have done and for the results described in the paper. Redundant publication, the inappropriate division of study outcomes into more than one article (also known as salami slicing), may result in rejection or a request to merge submitted manuscripts, and the correction of published articles. Duplicate publication of the same, or a very similar, article may result in the retraction of the later article.

Authors should ensure if they have appropriately cited or quoted used the work and/or words of other researchers. 

All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. If the research is supported by project the full name of the project and/or other details should be stated in the Acknowledgements section.

The Author warrants that the article doesn't infringe upon any copyright, contains no libelous or otherwise unlawful statements, and does not otherwise infringe on the rights of others. Tables and figures or other copyright materials should be reproduced only with appropriate permission and acknowledgement. Each corresponding author shall download and fill the Publication Copyright agreement.​


Authors grant GEOLINKS a license to publish their article and identify GEOLINKS as the original publisher. They also grant any third party the right to use, distribute, and reproduce the article in any medium, provided the original work is properly cite

Where the author subsequently publishes the article, the author is requested to acknowledge the article appeared in the GEOLINKS conference proceedings and to include the reference of the paper, including paper DOI number.

If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify these in the manuscript.​

All the research works published in GEOLINKS Conference Proceedings are meeting the Open Access Publishing requirements and can be freely accessed, shared, modified, distributed and used in educational, commercial and non-commercial purposes under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).

 

Reviewers and editors

Reviewers should evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit.

The reviewer mustn't use unpublished information in the author’s own research without the express written consent of the author.

Purpose of the review

The peer review process is a crucial component in helping the editor, the review board and the scientific committee making publishing decisions and may also serve the author in improving the quality of the article submission.

Promptness

The reviewer should withdraw from the review process if he/she feels unqualified to assess the contribution or cannot provide an assessment in a timely manner defined as 14 business days.

Confidentiality

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. The papers must not be shown and/or discussed with other scientists or reviewers from the board, not assigned to review the exact manuscript.
The reviewers must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, the other reviewer of the paper and/or member of the GEOLINKS publishing team

Standards of Objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments. The review follows the review form separated in four parts, including closed questions and comments. The review form can be found in the GEOLINKS Peer review and policy. Forms are not sent to the authors. Only the summary of the review is send to the corresponding author.

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.

Fair Play

A reviewer should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to the nature of the authors or the host institution including race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Peer review Process

Every abstract and full paper submitted for publication in the GEOLINKS Conference proceedings is double blind peer reviewed. The peer review is made by two people from the GEOLINKS Scientific Committee and the Review Board. Learn more about the peer-review process and policy.

Proceeding ownership and management

GEOLINKS is a scientific event and a publishing house of scientific proceedings and it’s part of Saima Consult Ltd with address Belia Kladenets 15, Sofia, Bulgaria. A "customer" (or "you") is anyone registering for or making use of any service, provided by GEOLINKS, GEOLINKS Conference and/or GEOLINKS Proceedings.

Conflicts of interest

 

Conflicts of interest can occur when issues outside research could be reasonably perceived to affect the neutrality or objectivity of the work or its assessment. This can happen at any stage in the research cycle.  If unsure, declare a potential interest or discuss with the GEOLINKS editorial office. Submissions with undeclared conflicts that are later revealed may be rejected.

Conflicts of interest do not always stop the paper from being published. However, the conflicts must be declared. A clear declaration of all possible conflicts – whether they actually had an influence or not – allows others to make informed decisions about the work and its review process.

Conflicts include the following:

Financial — funding and other payments, goods and services received or expected by the authors relating to the subject of the work or from an organization with an interest in the outcome of the work

Affiliations — being employed by, on the advisory board for, or a member of an organization with an interest in the outcome of the work

Intellectual property — patents or trademarks owned by someone or their organization

Personal — friends, family, relationships, and other close personal connections

Ideology — beliefs or activism, for example, political or religious, relevant to the work

Academic — competitors or someone whose work is critiqued



Post-publication discussions and corrections
 

GEOLINKS recognizes our responsibility to correct scientifically relevant errors, or ethical issues that have been brought to our attention. To offer transparency regarding any changes for our authors and readers, we have the following standardized criteria in place for updates to any of our published papers.

Minor errors — Minor errors that do not affect readability or meaning (e.g. spelling, grammatical, spacing errors) can be updated at any time. Please contact the publishing team.

Fundamental errors — When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify GEOLINKS and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

Metadata errors —  Requests to correct errors in a paper’s metadata (e.g., title, author name, abstract) can be completed, if deemed to be a reasonable request. Once approved, the paper will be updated and re-published on our website.

Corrections —  Requests to correct errors in the following cases can be completed, but must also include the publication of a Correction notice:

 

  • errors that could affect the scientific interpretation;

  • error in a misleading section of an otherwise reliable publication;

  • error in data or interpretation (that does not affect final conclusions);

  • scientifically relevant formatting changes;

  • addition or removal of a significant amount of text within the back matter.


Once the update request has been approved, the paper will be updated and re-published on our website, along with the publication of Correction.

Changes to authorship

Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted. In case of a change of the authors, please contact GEOLINKS Team.

Comments and complaints

 

Readers who have concerns or complaints about published papers should first contact the corresponding author to attempt a resolution directly, before contacting the GEOLINKS team.

The GEIOLINKS Committee may be contacted in cases where it is not appropriate to contact the authors, if the authors were not responsive, or if the concerns were not resolved.

Complaints, comments, or update requests relating to scholarly validity, ethical or legal aspects of either the paper or its review process will be investigated further where appropriate. All complaints, comments or update requests relating to published papers are investigated by the GEOLINKS Committee. Other persons and institutions will be consulted as necessary, including university authorities, or experts in the field. Legal counsel may be sought where the complaint has legal implications.

All complaints are investigated, including anonymous complaints.

Decisions about Corrections, Comments and Replies, Expressions of Concerns, or Retractions resulting from an investigation are made by Scientific Committee members, and communicated to authors.

If a complaint is not considered to be substantiated, then further communication will only be considered if additional information evidencing concerns is presented.

Complaints might not be updated about the status of an investigation until a final decision has been reached, however complainants will be notified if an update is published. Communication will be ended where it is not considered cordial or respectful. Readers with complaints or concerns should be aware that
investigations take time to conduct.

Identification and dealing with allegations of research misconduct

All research papers submitted for publication are checked with plagiarism detection software to verify its originality and find similarity percent of a research paper.

If a paper is failing to satisfy the mentioned criteria, it is been sent back to the author for modification. If plagiarism is detected in research paper just before publication, the author will be given a chance to resubmit the paper after necessary modification as suggested by the editor. However, if the editor decides plagiarism is a major issue in the research paper, it will not be considered further for publication.

If plagiarism/ fake identity/ data falsification/ data misled/ citation manipulation is suspected or detected during the review process, GEOLINKS will be following COPE's guidelines in dealing with allegations.


Governing body and editorial team

The Governing Body of GEOLINKS International Conference is the executive body of GEOLINKS. It's responsible for decisions, related to the scientific scope, outlininig important for the international scientific society topics, the inclusion of new Scientific Commitee's members, decide on the agenda of the annual conference. The Scientific Committee and the Governing body are having regular meetings before announcing every new conference issue. Learn more about the Scientific Committee.

Publishing schedule

GEOLINKS Conference proceedings are published once per year in consecutive volumes. The conference proceedings are published prior the event and contain all accepted full papers to be presented at the respective upcoming conference.

Author fees

Every author can decide on his form of participation to the conference. All participation forms are clearly indicating the included benefits, type of presenting the research and additional costs, upon registration. Learn more about the Participation Forms

Every year on the annual meeting of the Governing body and Scientific Committe, it's decided whether if there is an important topic, in which GEOLINKS will grant free publishing on papers, related to the topic.

Conference Proceeding Access

All accepted and published full papers in the GEOLINKS Conference Proceedings are with open access - available to read and download. The abstract and the full papers are accessible in GEOLINKS Online Library. The access to all published materials is free to everybody.

Archiving

All published full articles and all full collections are stored and archived in the National Library of Bulgaria. The hard copies are stored in the Library Sv. Sv. Cyril and Methodius, Sofia, Bulgaria. The full online collection is stored at their online plarform and are accessible to everybody with valid library card.

Revenue sources

The GEOLINKS Conference is financed by the authors fees and with organizational support of SAIMA Consult Ltd.

Advertising

GEOLINKS has a strict policy of non-inclusion of any advertising, sponsored or paid content in the website, Conference Proceedings, social platforms or the direct communication with it's authors, Scientific Committe members and associates.

Direct marketing

GEOLINKS sending regular Newsletters to it's database. The shared information is only related to the actual Conference issue, news and announcements in this regard. The database is not provided to any third-party and is being solely used for the purposes of informing on related to GEOLINKS, GEOLINKS Conference and GEOLINKS Conference Proceedings topics. 

The managing of the database is compliant with all current regulations, i.e. GDPR.