PROCEDURE FOR SUBMISSION AND REQUIREMENTS ON PAPERS PREPARATION  to be published in Journal of Collected Scientific Papers "Geo-Technical Mechanics"

 

 

 

 

 General provisions

The Collected Scientific Papers “Geo-Technical Mechanics” (the Journal) is issued by the M.S. Polyakov Institute of Geotechnical Mechanics under the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. The editorial staff maintains a high level of requirements while selecting and reviewing articles submitted by the authors. These Rules are dictated by scientific orientation of the Journal and regulated by the quality standards adopted by the world scientific community for presentation of scientific papers.

Only original papers executed at the up-to-date methodological level with observed publishing policy of the Journal and recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) are accepted for publication in the Journal.

The Journal was registered as a professional publication on technical sciences and geology. The Editorial Board accepts scientific papers contained results of theoretical and experimental researches on the live problems in such spheres as rock properties; rock failures; stress-strain state control; scientific fundamentals explaining processes in the rocks; new practices and technologies of  mineral mining and processing; physical, technical and geological fundamentals for CMM recovery; improvement of energotechnological complex operation and structure; energy saving in the mines; safety of the mines; labor protection in the mines; geology of mineral deposits.

These Rules are prepared in accordance with requirements for periodical publications with taking into consideration recommendations on material preparation for international analytical databases.

 


Publishing Policy of the Journal

Our Editorial Board is guided by experience of professional societies, research organizations, and editorial boards of other publications and recommendations of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

1. Our editors shall consider any manuscripts offered for publication without prejudice to race, religion, nationality, status, or institutional affiliation of the author(s)

2. All papers are subject to reviewing. Our editorial board reserves the right to reject an article or return it as requiring improvement, and the author should improve the article according to the remarks of the reviewers and the editorial board.

3. The editor seeks advice from reviewers, Doctor of Science of required specialty, as to the quality and reliability of manuscripts submitted for publication.

4. The editor and members of the editor’s staff should not disclose any information about a manuscript under consideration to anyone other than those from whom professional advice is sought.

5. It is acceptable to spread articles published in the journal or quotations over the Internet with precondition of giving references and links to the primary source.

6. Publication and/or distribution of materials from our journal by third parties or organizations in print and electronic media are prohibited. According to the international law of electronic media copyright, copying of materials published in electronic journal in full or in part is not allowed without the prior written permission of author(s) and editors. In case of use of the published materials in context of other documents, references to the primary source are required.

7. If an editor is presented with convincing evidence that the main substance or conclusions of an article published in an editor’s journal are erroneous, the editor should facilitate publication of an appropriate report pointing out the error and, if possible, correcting it. The report may be written by the person who discovered the error or by original author.

8. Our editors bear no responsibility for probable damage caused by publication of a manuscript to authors or third parties. The editors have the right to withdraw the article already published in case somebody's rights or generally accepted norms appear violated. In this case the editors shall inform author(s) of the article, persons who gave recommendations and organization where the research was held about the fact of such withdrawal.

The authors shall:

  • bear whole responsibility for content of their articles and for the fact of their publication;
  • give references to available sources of information to permit the specialists in this field to repeat the work;
  • cite those publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work and that will guide the reader quickly to the earlier works that are essential for understanding the present investigation;
  • inform our editors of related manuscripts that the author currently has under editorial consideration or in press;
  • not submit manuscripts with the same results as in the primary publication; however, it is acceptable to submit a manuscript of the whole article that extends previously published short preliminary report related to the same research;
  • give explicit references to the cited or expressed information other than generally known data;
  • list each co-authors who essentially contribute to the work submitted and who share responsibility for the obtained results;
  • guarantee absence of any contractual relations or copyrights that could influence on publication of information contained in the manuscript submitted.

 


Copyright

The Editorial Board selects, prepares and publishes articles submitted by the authors. The copyright for concrete article belongs to its authors. The author submits and the Editorial Board accepts the author’s material on the following conditions:

  • the Editorial Board has the right to:

-       prepare, publish and allocate the Journal with the author’s published materials for further abstracting of the articles in the abstract journals and scientometric databases;

-       disseminate the Journal and author’s materials over different printed and electronic publications including Internet sites in order to make the material accessible for any interested persons in any locations and at any time.

  • use the author’s material on any territory.
  • the author confirms the open-ended right of the Editorial Board to further spread the author’s material over the Internet;
  • the Editorial Board has a right, at own discretion and with no agreement with the author, to conclude contracts and agreements with the third parties on additional protection of copy rights and publishers’ right;
  • the author shall guarantee that the article is his/her original work and usage of the author’s material by the Editorial Board does not abuse any third-party rights;
  • the author may re-publish the article or its part with precondition of giving reference and links to the primary publication in the Journal.

 


Procedure of the Article acceptance

1. The Editorial Board should consider the submitted articles within one month.

2. Papers are subject to academic review. The Editorial Board has a right to require additional reviewing of the submitted article.

3. The Editorial Board has a right to make scientific and literary editing of submitted materials, or shorten them, if necessary, or to require from the author to improve the article if content of the article presents some interest for the Journal.

4.  The Editorial Board preserves the right to reject the article as not satisfying the stated criteria or themes of the Journal.

5. In case of the reject, the Editorial Board should give the author a motivated reason of the rejection.

6. Within seven days, the Editorial Board should notify the author that the Editorial Board is received the article and in one month – about results of the article reviewing and plans on the article publication..


 Procedure of the Article reviewing

1. Each scientific paper submitted to the Editorial Board is subject to academic review.

2. Forms of the reviewing: internal (the articles are reviewed by members and main experts of the Editorial Board) and external (attracting external main experts in the field).

3. Senior Secretary defines whether the article is in harmony with the Journal profile and meets all requirements and sends the article to a doctor of science or candidate of science with the closest scientific specialization for reviewing.

4. The reviewer’s report should include the following issues:

  • whether content of the article corresponds to the theme declared in the title of the article;
  • to what extent the article corresponds to the up-to-date achievements of the scientific thought;
  • whether the article is clear for the readers by its language, style, material allocation, clearness of the tables, diagrams, figures, etc.;
  • sufficient reasons for publishing the article with taking into consideration previously published literature;
  • concrete advantages and drawbacks of the article, necessary corrections and additions to be made by the author;
  • the reviewer’s conclusion on publication of the article with remarks: “recommended”, “recommended with necessary corrections and additions to be made by the author” or “not recommended”.

5. The reviewer’s conclusion should be approved by the order established in the organization where the reviewer works.

6. If the reviewer’s conclusion contains necessity to make some corrections and additions the article is returned to the author as requiring improvements. In this case date of the article acceptance is the date when the improved article returns to the Editorial Board. The author should attach to the returned article a letter with his/her answers to all reviewer’s notes and his/her explanations of all  alterations made by the author in the article. If necessary, the improved article may be returned to the expert for re-reviewing.

7. If the article is rejected for publication the Editorial Board should give the author a motivated reason. If the author does not agree with the reviewer’s conclusion he/she has a right to give the Editorial Board a grounded answer. The Editorial Board, by its decision, may send the article to another expert for re-reviewing.

8. The reviewer’s positive conclusion is not a sufficient ground for article publication in the Journal. Final decision is made by the Editorial Board.

9. All original reviews are kept in the editorial office of the “Geotechnical Mechanics” Journal.

10. The editorial Board reserves the right to make textual amendments (textual and technological correction) which do not misrepresent content of the manuscript .

See recommended form of the review in Annex AFull text availabe online  >>


Procedure of submitting the Article to the Editorial Board

In order an article is published in the “Geotechnical Mechanics” Journal the author should submit to the Editorial Board the following:

  • text of the article in hard copy signed by all authors, on standard pages, format A4, 1 copy (printed version may be sent by regular postal service);
  •  electronic version of the article (Microsoft Word 1997–2010, format “*.doc” or “*.docx”), on CD, DVD, flash-carrier, or sent by e-mail;
  • electronic version of Abstract, information about the authors and reference literature, in established form (Annex B  Full text availabe online  >> ), on Ukrainian or Russian and English languages, for allocating in the Journal site (Microsoft Word 1997–2010, formats “*.doc” or “*.docx”);
  • written recommendation in established form, signed by a doctor of science or authorized expert in the field;
  • the expert’s conclusion who has recommended the article for publication (Annex А  Full text availabe online  >> );
  • license agreementsigned by the author (Annex C  Full text availabe online  >>).

Instructions for manuscript preparation

1. Only articles written in Ukrainian, or Russian, or English are accepted for consideration.

2. The article should contain scientific novelty and/or practical importance and feasibility of the statements.

3. Recommended length of the article (including tables and figures) is not more than: 15 pages - for the articles with review of literature; 12 pages - for the articles with experimental and theoretical materials; 5 pages - for informational materials.

Structure of the Article

 

UDC index

in English

Surname N.P. (Name Patronymic), academic degree, academic title

 (Institution)

ARTICLE TITLE

in Ukrainian

Surname N.P. (Name Patronymic), academic degree, academic title

 (Institution)

ARTICLE TITLE

in Russian

Surname N.P. (Name Patronymic), academic degree, academic title

 (Institution)

ARTICLE TITLE

in English

Abstract.

Keywords:

 

in English

TEXT OF ARTICLE

 

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REFERENCES

1. Bibliography of references (original language, Harvard style)

–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

About the author (s)

1. Information about each of the authors (in English)

–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

in Ukrainian

Abstract.

Keywords:

 

in Russian

Abstract.

Keywords:

 

 

 


 Presentation of the Article

Page design. Size of the left, right and top margins – 20 mm, bottom margin – 25 mm.

1. UDC Index (Universal Decimal Classification Index). Font Times New Roman normal, size 14, block paragraphs, left alignment.

IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE ARTICLE:

2. List of authors. Font Times New Roman normal, size 14, right alignment.

The list of authors consists of (and separated with commas) initials and surnames (boldface font), short name of academic degree, title and place of work of each author. Start new line for surname of each author. Short name of the author’s place of work is shown in parentheses in the new line. The same place of work for several authors is shown only once.

3. Title of the article. Font New Roman, BOLDFACE CAPITAL, size 14, block paragraphs, central alignment. No hyphenation.

Left one blank line after the Title of the article (size 12).

If original language of the article is Ukrainian (or Russian) here should be p.p. 2 and 3 translated into the Russian (or Ukrainian) and English language, and if original language of the article is English here should be p.p. 2 and 3 translated into Ukrainian and Russian languages.

4. Abstract. Within 100-200 words (11-20 lines), on the next line under the word “Abstract.”. Times New Roman, indention 7 mm, size 12, normal, automatic hyphenation, alignment by width.

5. Keywords. 3-5 keywords (or word combinations from the text body of the article or Abstract) on the next line under the word “Keywords:”. Times New Roman, indention 7 mm,  size 12, normal, automatic hyphenation, alignment by width.

Left one blank line after the keywords (size 12).

6. Body text of the article (in Ukrainian, or Russian, or English).

Body text of the article should be single-spaced, Times New Roman, size 14, indention 7 mm, normal, alignment by width with automatic hyphenation. No pagination.

The Editorial Board recommends the authors the following structure for the material submitted: introduction (essence of the research, brief description of current state of the problem, objective and tasks of the research), methods of the research (methods of experiments and statistic handling of the material), theoretical and/or experimental part (description of the material laying the basis of the article), results and their discussion (findings, their novelty and practical value, discussion of the findings), and conclusions (outcome of the results obtained).

  • Lettering and abbreviations are permitted only for generally used terms. All terms should be given in full version. It is allowed to use up to 3-5 unconventional abbreviations for the complex terms and names often-used in the body text. In this case the first mention of the term should be full and followed by abbreviations in the parenthesis. 
  • Formulas (complex) should be entered by using Microsoft Equation Editor. Mathematical style, size – the same as for the body text. All formulas should be located symmetrically in the center of the page and separated by the blank lines from the top and bottom. Explanations should  follow the formula, be separated by semicolon, in one paragraph and starts with the word “where” with no indention and colon.

Adjustment of the Microsoft Equation Editor:

  • Figures. Figures should be included into the text immediately after their first mentioning between the paragraphs irrespective of the fullness of the page. Informative underlines and captions with needed explanations of curves, columns and symbols are obligatory. The underlines should start with the word “Fig.”, then No. of the figure, dash and name of the figure. All captions of the figure should be printed in Times New Roman, size 12, normal. The figures with all underlines and captions should be located in the center of the page and separated by the blank lines (size 14, normal) from the top and bottom. The figure is entered “from the file” of JPG format (color or gray scale) without essentially reduce of dimensions and/or broken proportion. When it is necessary to locate a figure as a separate album (turned by 900) page it should be made as a separate file observing integrity of the chapter. Placing underlines and captions inside figures is not allowed.   
  • Tables. Table should be included into the text immediately after their first mentioning between the paragraphs. Table border lines and column lines are obligatory. The underlines should start with the word “Table”, then No. of the table, dash and name of the table. The tables should be inserted in the center of the page and is not separated by the blank line. Captions, text and figure in tables should be printed in Times New Roman, size 12, normal. It is allowed to use size 14, normal, only for the simple tables; in this case the table should be located in center of the page and separated by the blank lines (size 14, normal) from the top and bottom. When it is necessary to locate a table as a separate album (turned by 900) page it should be made as a separate file observing integrity of the chapter
  • References to the literature sources are shown in the body text of article in square brackets.  

7. References. Each item of the reference literature should be presented in the Harvard style in its original language (see Annex G). List of literature follows immediately after word “References” and is separated by horizontal line (central alignment, length 65 mm, non-graphic, size 12). Title “REFERENCES” should be printed in Times New Roman, size 12, normal, capital, central alignment. Bibliographic information of the literature sources starts in new line, paragraph indent 7 mm, in Times New Roman, size 11, normal, alignment by width.

Information about authors follows immediately after the Reference.

8. About author (s) follows immediately after the Reference under the words “About author (s), Times New Roman, size 12, boldface, central alignment. Information about each author is given in new line and include the following (separated with commas): Surname  Name Patronymic Name (full names, boldface), scientific degree, scientific title, position, full name of organization (abbreviated name in bracket), city, country, e-mail address. Font Times New Roman, size 11, normal, aligned by width.

9. Abstract is separated by horizontal line (central alignment, length 65 mm, non-graphic, size 12).

Manuscripts that do not meet these requirements are not considered and are returned to the authors as requiring improvement.

Each author bears responsibility for the content of his/her article.

Royalty is not paid.  

Submitted materials are not returned.

 


Document forms and Reference Information

 

 All full texts of documents and reference materials are available for download (*.pdf format) and online viewing

 

Annex А. Review form

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Annex B. Electronic information

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Annex C. License agreement form

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Annex D. Transliteration rules

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Annex E. Writing degrees, academic titles and positions

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 Annex F. Rules References in Russian

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Annex G. Rules References, standard "Harvard"

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Annex H. Writing the names of IGTM NAS Departments 

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Annex I. An example of the paper appearance

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Annex J. Recommendations for the compilation abstracts  

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