Editorial Policy

Last updated: 2020-03-16

Focus and scope 
Article types
Maximum number of articles by the same author 
Peer review 
Publication frequency 
Open access policy
Editorial ethics 
Correction and retraction policies 
Errata and retractions 
Originality check
Copyright
Privacy policy
Publishing charges
Digital preservation
Digital Objects Identifier


Focus and scope

TecnoLógicas is an open access scientific journal published in January, May, and September. It was created to promote the dissemination of new knowledge that contributes to scientific and technological development, education, and professional practice by publishing original relevant studies and review articles in the fields of engineering and applied technology in Spanish or English languages. The published papers are selected implementing a rigorous double-blind peer-review system. TecnoLógicas is funded by Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano (ITM) in Medellin, Colombia.

TecnoLógicas publishes articles in multiple research fields:

  • Biotechnology
  • Earth and environmental sciences
  • Computer and information sciences
  • Agricultural and food engineering
  • Electrical and electronic engineering
  • Computer engineering and information systems
  • Materials engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Other engineering and technology areas

Article types

TecnoLógicas publishes two types of scientific papers:

Research papers, which present original research results in detail. They clearly define the problem they address and previous works recently published in the scientific literature in the same field. They also describe the proposed methods and experimental results in a rigorous and complete manner and show the contribution of the work to one of the branches of engineering. Advantages and disadvantages of the results are discussed in relation to the state of the art. Finally, the conclusions respond to the objectives and are derived from the content of the manuscript.

Review articles, which are the results of a type of research in which published studies in the same field of science or technology are analyzed, systematized, and integrated in order to account for the progress and development trends of that area. It presents a careful bibliographic review of at least 50 references.

Maximum number of articles by the same author

TecnoLógicas may publish maximum three (3) articles by the same author in one issue.

Peer Review

This journal uses double-blind peer review, in which the identity of the authors and reviewers is unknown to both parties. Manuscripts are sent to at least two academic peer reviewers not affiliated to the same institution. They are assigned based on criteria of academic competence in the subject and mastery of the language of the manuscripts. They conduct an evaluation of the academic quality of their content, their rigorousness in the theoretical and methodological treatment, and the authors’ contribution to new knowledge. Cases of controversy will be resolved by assigning an additional reviewer, and the Editorial Board will make the final decision regarding publication. The estimated time of this process is three months, but it depends on reviewers’ response to the invitation to review.

Publication frequency

Since 2017, TecnoLógicas has published 3 issues a year in January, May, and September.

Open access policy

This journal is freely available online on TecnoLógicas website. Its contents can be totally or partially reproduced as long as the relevant citation (authors and journal details) is included and the information is used for scientific research or educational purposes. The viewpoints and opinions expressed in the published papers are the sole responsibility of the authors.

Editorial ethics

TecnoLógicas, as a journal that seeks to promote excellent scientific dissemination, is committed to promote the enforcement of quality and ethical standards during all the stages of the publication process. For that purpose, TecnoLógicas declares it observes the ethical regulations and procedures to settle controversies established by the Committee on Publication Ethics COPE

The following are the duties of each participant in the publication process of the journal.

Duties of editors and professional team of the journal

  • Publication decision: The editor of TecnoLógicas Journal ensures the scientific community that the editorial processes conducted by the journal are serious and high-quality, and that it only publishes articles that have undergone a peer-review process and present a contribution in the fields of engineering and applied technology.
  • Unbiased process: The editor evaluates the manuscripts in an unbiased manner, without any type of discrimination whatsoever, respecting the intellectual independence of the authors, and not favoring any author due to their institutional affiliation or academic career.
  • Confidentiality and nondisclosure agreement: The editor and the professional team of the journal shall not disclose information of authors or reviewers. Additionally, they shall maintain the confidentiality of the content of the manuscript until it has been accepted and published.
  • Conflict of interest: If the journal receives a manuscript in which at least one of the authors has a direct personal or professional relationship with the editor of the journal or is closely related to one of their studies or projects, it is considered a conflict of interest. Therefore, the editor will abstain from participating in the review process of the submitted manuscript and will forward it to the Editorial Board for them to carry out the editorial process.
  • Reviewer selection: The editor will select the peer-reviewers in an objective way, ensuring their competence in the specific field of the manuscript and a critical and expert evaluation of the work with the least possible bias.
  • Respect for decision times: The editors and the professional team of the journal are responsible for respecting review times in the different editorial stages of the manuscript and the publication of accepted articles. They will work for the timely dissemination of the results in each issue.
  • Errors in published articles: When editors find or are informed about an important error that significantly affects the results, conclusions, authorship, or institutional affiliation of a published article, they should make sure that it is timely corrected and informed to the scientific community so that potential readers are aware of the corrections that were made.
  • Procedure in case of ethical issues: The editor of TecnoLógicas Journal will take all claims and suspicions of inappropriate behavior seriously and will conduct reasonable procedures to investigate each case, regardless of the moment at which they are identified or reported, even when the article has already been published. In any case, the authors will have the opportunity to respond to the claim.

Duties of authors

  • Originality: The authors shall ensure that the manuscript they submit is original and unpublished, it has not been partially or totally published in any format, and it was not simultaneously submitted to other publications.
  • Data veracity: The authors should confirm the veracity of the data or results obtained during their studies. In other words, they should make sure that the data were not altered or manipulated because such behavior is considered an ethically incorrect and fraudulent practice.
  • Sources of information: The authors should adequately cite the origin of the ideas or literal sentences taken from other previously published works, as indicated in the IEEE citation style implemented in the journal. They should also make sure that the references are the original sources the information in the manuscript is based on.
  • Authorship: The authors ensure that they have respected the authorship of the individuals that made a significant contribution to the experimental design, data collection, planning, implementation, and interpretation of the results of the study and the drafting of the manuscript. Furthermore, the order or hierarchy of the authors corresponds to their level of responsibility and participation in the work.
  • Funding source and institutional affiliation: The authors should inform the name of the institution they worked for during the study (affiliation). Additionally, they should indicate if the submitted paper is the result of studies carried out with public or private funding. In that case, they should provide the name of such funding source.
  • Conflict of interest: All the authors shall explicitly declare any possible conflict of financial, professional, or personal interests that may inappropriately influence their results or interpretations.
  • Errors in published articles: when authors identify a significant error in the editorial process or the publication of the manuscript, they should immediately communicate it to the editor of the journal so that the publication can be changed, withdrawn, or retracted.

Duties of reviewers

  • Contribution to the editorial decision: Reviewers commit to conduct a critical, objective, constructive, and honest review, properly supporting their recommendation and respecting the intellectual autonomy of the author of the manuscript. If the reviewers deem their expertise not sufficient to conduct the review, they should immediately inform the editor and abandon the process.
  • If the reviewers identify or have a reasonable suspicion of inappropriate behavior (e.g., redundant publication, plagiarism, double submission, data manipulation, conflict of interest, or incorrect authorship), they should immediately warn the editor to take action in that regard.
  • Confidentiality and nondisclosure agreement: The reviewers acknowledge that all the information contained in the manuscript, including text, figures, tables, multimedia material, and appendices is confidential, the property of the authors, and protected by copyright law. They commit to use the information only for the academic review and recommendation process.
  • Respect for review times: Reviewers should submit their review on time. If they cannot meet the deadline for any reason, they should inform the editor of their possible delay and propose a new due date.
  • Acknowledgement of sources of information: The reviewers should ensure that the references in the manuscript are relevant and recent works published on the topic of the manuscript. In case they fail to meet said criteria, they should suggest to delete references and include others that are not cited in the manuscript.
  • Anonymity: In order to guarantee the impartiality of the evaluation of the manuscript, the journal editor does not disclose the identity of the authors of the manuscript. Likewise, the names of the reviewers are confidential and will never be disclosed to the authors. If the identity of the authors has been compromised for any reason, the reviewer should immediately notify the editor.
  • Conflict of interest: The reviewers should inform the editor if they consider they have any kind of financial, professional, or personal conflict of interest with any of the authors of the manuscript. If the reviewers have a conflict of interest, they should reject the review and inform the journal editor about the reason why they cannot conduct such review.

 Duties of readers

Readers should immediately inform the editor if they identify an article published in any issue of the journal that bears similarity to other works previously published or any other inappropriate behavior so that action can be taken in that regard.

Readers commit to respect the copyright of the articles published in the journal, avoiding the use of substantial segments of the works in their publications or adequately citing them.

Correction and retraction policies

 Correction to published papers

Honest errors are part of science and publishing processes, but they must be corrected when detected. Authors should inform TecnoLógicas Editor of any errors they notice in their published articles. Corrections will be made as soon as possible at the discretion of the Editorial Board.

Retraction to published papers

Retractions will be considered by the Journal Editors in cases of evidence of unethical research conduct, such as using unreliable data or findings, plagiarism, and multiple or redundant publication, among others. All the notices of retraction explain why the article was withdrawn.

To resolve any controversy, we follow the COPE guidelines as applicable.

Errata and retractions

The content of articles published in the Journal may be corrected if, during the review or editing stages or even after publication, the author or Editor finds or is informed of undetected errors.

Depending on the type, seriousness, and/or consequences of the error, the following options can be considered:

Errata: refers to the correction of one or more errors in spite of which the article can remain published.

A retraction is the acknowledgement of errors that are sufficiently serious to invalidate the results or conclusions in the article; therefore, the entire article must be removed. Any article that has been demonstrated to breach in any way the publication ethics statement of the Journal will be withdrawn was well.

Retraction and republication: will be possible if the Editorial Board considers it was an honest error (e.g., wrong classification or calculation error) that led to an important change in the direction or meaning of the results, interpretations, or conclusions. In that case, a new review will be conducted, and the readers will be informed of the scope of the changes that were made.

All the errata and retraction requests should be sent to tecnologicas@itm.edu.co, describing the case and attaching the supporting information.

All the errata will be thoroughly analyzed by the Editor and the Editorial Team. In complex cases, the Editor may request expert advice to make decisions and provide ethical solutions for each situation.

In all cases, the Journal will ensure errors are promptly corrected. The Journal will also communicate and detail the changes and the dates when they were made so that readers are aware of the corresponding modifications.         

Before requesting a correction or reporting an error, the following aspects should be taken into account:  

Readers

Readers can report, in a single document, the errors they found in a published article.

If a reader reports a substantial error in the content of a publication, the Editor will analyze the case to verify the situation. If the error is confirmed, the authors will be contacted so that they make the necessary changes and corrections and write a reply to the reader.

If the reader is not satisfied with the answer, direct communication between the reader and the authors will be facilitated.

In any case, the Journal will be informed of such communications.

Authors

No correction will be accepted if it refers to the order of the names of the authors in a published article or adding or removing authors because that aspect must be agreed upon before the submission of the manuscript.

If an author identifies a substantial error that requires the retraction of a published article, the case should be supported in detail. In case of corrigenda or errata, the specific passage(s) of the text where the error(s) can be found should be specified, and the revised version(s) should be provided. The Editorial Board may consider a peer review of the corrections.

The corresponding author is responsible for clarifying the errors to the co-authors and coordinating the changes required by the Journal. 

Responses to all errata and partial changes are personally notified to submitters. In addition, all correction notices are made public both in the website and in the next online issue of the journal. When the new edition is out, the journal will provide clear details of the error and the changes that have been made to the article.

Retraction notices shall clearly indicate the retracted article and the reasons considered for its retraction.

Claims

In case of any disagreement, the authors or peer reviewers can contact tecnologicas@itm.edu.co, describing their claim and presenting supporting arguments.

The complaint should be clear, concrete, and include sufficient data to demonstrate a possible breach of the publication ethics statement of the Journal. If possible, complementary documents should be attached as proof or evidence of the situation.

The Journal will only receive complaints via email. The Technical Editor will timely analyze, address, and reply to the complaint in a maximum period of three (3) business days. Nevertheless, depending on the complexity of the complaint, the complainant may be informed of additional time required for the investigation.

The complainant should provide contact information (full name, email address, and phone number) to forward communications and reply to the complaint or claim. In case of anonymous reports, the answer will be sent to the email address from which the request was sent.

Depending on the nature and complexity of the complaint, the case will be studied by the Editorial Team, the Editorial Board, or expert staff, and the decisions will be made observing the guidelines or recommendations of the COPE. If necessary, the Journal may request further information and complementary supporting documents to clarify the case. If the accusation is found to be substantial and accurate, the investigation will be escalated to the legal system.

The complaints beyond the jurisdiction of the Journal (e.g., personal complaints against authors, editors, peer reviewers, or the Editorial Team) will be replied indicating the reasons why the complaint falls outside the competence of the Journal.

The Journal will not conduct any investigation if a complaint is offensive, threatening, or defamatory. On the contrary, such complaints will be forwarded to the Legal Department of Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano and the corresponding authorities.

The Journal may resort to laws, codes, and regulations if a complainant insists on a baseless, false, or malicious complaint. In that case, if the institutional affiliation of the complainant is known, the institution may be notified of the complainant’s behavior.

Originality check

All the manuscripts submitted to this journal will be registered and analyzed in a software platform to identify similarities to other works. In case indications of any breach of the codes of ethics are detected, the procedure established in COPE guidelines to resolve the cases of suspected unethical practices will be followed (see here).

Copyright

With the statement of originality, either in a signed letter or by accepting of terms of use in this journal’s submission system, the authors declare under oath that the submitted manuscript is an original and unpublished work created by them, and that all the aforementioned authors made a substantial creative contribution to it. They also declare that no equal or substantially similar article has been published or submitted for publication, in any format or by any means prior to the submission.

If the manuscript is approved for publication, the authors must assign, free of charge, the copyright ownership of the work to Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano including but not limited to the right to reproduce, publicly communicate, provide access to distribute, and transform the article, without any limitation in the number of copies or means of said reproduction, public communication, access, distribution, and transformation by any known or unknown means.

Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano shall be the sole owner of the rights of total or partial reproduction, distribution, public communication, access, and transformation of the articles, free of charge, in any format, including but not limited to print, PDF, XML, HTML, electronic media, internet, and other known or unknown media. In addition, this journal may register the articles in international indexes and databases.

The authors must state that they will indemnify Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano against any legal, out-of-court, administrative, or any other type of claim regarding the copyright ownership of the articles, and will defend Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano in case of any legal action in connection with the originality or copyright ownership of the works.

In accordance with its editorial policies, ITM authorizes the personal storage or hosting of the articles at the time of the acceptance of the works and in their final version (published) in personal web pages and institutional or thematic repositories.

Since June 2018, the papers in this journal have been published under an "Attribution-Non-Commercial-ShareAlike" Creative Commons License that requires: 

 

Attribution: you must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

 

NonCommercial: you may not use the material for commercial purposes. 

 

ShareAlike: If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.

In accordance with the provisions in Agreement 034 of 2014 (ITM Intellectual Property Statute), Article 19, "The ideas expressed in the works and studies published by faculty members, contractors, administrative staff, employees, collaborators, interns, visitors, students, and researchers in any context are the sole responsibility of their authors and are not expressions of the official position of the Institution."

Privacy policy

The personal data included in this publication are the property of their owners and will be used in accordance with Resolution 395 of 2014, ITM "Personal data treatment and protection policy" (in Spanish). Consequently, such data will be treated observing the laws in force on the matter, especially Law 1581 of 2012.

Publishing charges

The resources for funding the operation of this journal are provided by Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano, a public higher education institution.

TecnoLógicas charges no fee whatsoever for processing, reviewing, editing, or publishing the articles.

Digital preservation

To control, preserve, and guarantee the long-term availability of the works published in this journal, and in compliance with the provisions of the Colombian legal deposit, copies of each issue are sent to the National Library of Colombia, Carlos Castro Saavedra Departmental Library, the National University Library, and the Library of Congress.

Digital Objects Identifier

The electronic issues of the Journal and the articles published in them are assigned a digital object identifier (DOI) in order to ensure permanent access, interoperability, copyright protection, and improved scientific visibility.