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  Advanced Ceramics Progress (ACERP) .

Print ISSN: 2423-7477

Online ISSN: 2423-7485

Publisher: Materials and Energy Research Center (MERC) and Iranian Ceramic Society (ICERS)

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Publication Policy

Advanced Ceramics Progress (ACERP) is a peer-reviewed academic electronic, open access, and ISC English journal that provides a forum for publication and discussion of original researches on the ceramic contexts with remarkable advancements and developments, which devoted to elucidating the fundamental aspects of chemistry and physics occurring at a wide range of oxides, non-oxides, composites, and nano-materials and their processing, microstructure, properties, and applications, as well as innovation in frontier disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas of science and technology of relevance to the aforementioned materials. The editorial board of the journal welcome contributors from all around the world to provide the original and high quality manuscripts' relevance to the journal's scope.

The ACERP publishes original full-length researches, short communications, review articles, editorials, spotlight, perspectives, commentaries, lessons learned, scientific analysis, letters, and research educations, which have not been published nor submitted for publication elsewhere following a review system by at least three expert reviewers assigned by the editorial board. You are cordially encouraged to use this journal as a means of dissemination of information on the various facets of ceramics and to impart specialized knowledge, quality, and excellence to strengthen the perception of technological resources and needs of the world. The ACERP is looking forward to receiving your assistance and cooperation in this regard  to develop a worthwhile high quality journal. Contributions must be written exclusively in English language.

The ACERP is quarterly published peer reviewed original research results by the ceramic department at the Materials and Energy Research Center (MERC), Iran with collaboration of Iranian Ceramic Society (ICERS) of Iran that achieved ranking of A from ministry of science, research, and technology of Iran. The journal is disseminated in both print and open-access formats on the website and currently indexed in/by: ISC, SID, and Magiran.

The open access supports the rights of users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles provided they are properly acknowledged and cited.

 

Aims and Scope

Advanced Ceramics Progress (ACERP) is an international peer-reviewed scientific journal devoted to the latest advancement of science whose aim is the publication of high quality original researches in the fields of ceramic materials science and engineering, including theoretical, observational and applicative research such as aspects of chemistry and physics occurring at a wide range of oxides, non-oxides, composites, and nano-materials and their processing, microstructure, properties, and applications, as well as innovation in frontier disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas of science and technology of relevance to the aforementioned materials. The types of contributions specifically include: original research reporting important theoretical, experimental or applicative results able to give a significant contribution to science in the above topics; presentation of novel theories supporting or contrasting the existing ones; critical review about recent discoveries or scientific results in the pertinent fields. The journal also publishes topically selected special issues in research fields of particular scientific interest. These consist of both invited reviews and original research articles. All submitted manuscripts are subject to initial appraisal by the Editor and if found suitable for further consideration, to peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees.

The ACERP considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that

  • the manuscript is your own original work and does not duplicate any other previously published work, including your own previously published work.
  • the manuscript is not currently under consideration or peer review or accepted for publication or in press or published elsewhere.
  • the manuscript contains nothing that is abusive, defamatory, libelous, obscene, fraudulent, or illegal.                   

This journal will publish authoritative articles on theoretical and experimental researches and advanced applications embodying the results of extensive field, plant, laboratory or theoretical investigation or new interpretations of existing problems on ceramic materials science and engineering. It may also feature-when appropriate-research notes, technical notes, state-of-the-art survey type articles, short communications, letters to the editor, meeting schedules and conference announcements. The language of publication is English. The abstracts should not exceed 250 words. 
          
All manuscripts will be initially checked for plagiarism and then peer-reviewed by qualified reviewers. The material should be presented clearly and concisely: 

  • Full articles must be based on completed original works of significant novelty.
  • Research notes are considered as short items that include theoretical or experimental results of immediate current interest.
  • Technical notes are also considered as short items of enough technical acceptability with more rapid publication appeal.

   The length of a research or technical note is recommended to be preferable between 3,000 and 4,000 words (not to exceed 4-6 journal pages) including figures and tables.

  • Review articles are only considered from highly qualified well-known authors generally assigned by the editorial board or editor-in-chief. Author of review articles should have high qualifications with distinct developed research area; an outstanding scholar with an extensive publication.
  • Short communications and letters to the editor should contain a text of about 2000 words (not to exceed 4 journal pages) and whatever figures and tables that may be required to support the text (up to four figures). They include discussion of full articles and short items and should contribute to the original article by providing confirmation or additional interpretation. Discussion of articles will be referred to author(s) for reply and will concurrently be published with reply of author(s).

 

Instructions for Authors

   ACERP's Article Format 

   ACERP Copyright Form 

 

Submission of a manuscript represents that it has neither been published nor submitted for publication elsewhere and is result of research carried out by author(s). The sole presentation of abstract(s) in a conference and appearance in a symposium proceeding without on-line dissemination is not considered prior publication.

Authors are required to include a list describing all the symbols and abbreviations in the article. Use of the international system of measurement units is mandatory. 

  • On-line submission of manuscripts results in faster publication process and is recommended. Instructions are given in the ACERP web sites: www.acerp.ir
  • Hardcopy submissions must include MS Word and jpg files.
  • Manuscripts should be typewritten on one side of A4 paper, double-spaced, with adequate margins.
  • References should be numbered in brackets and appear in sequence through the text. List of references should be given at the end of the article.
  • Figure captions are to be indicated under the illustrations. They should sufficiently explain the figures.
  • Illustrations should appear in their appropriate places in the text.
  • Tables and diagrams should be submitted in a form suitable for reproduction.
  • Photographic images and photomicrographs should be of high quality saved as jpg files (a minimum resolution of 300 dots per inch (dpi) at final print size).
  • Tables, Illustrations, Figures and Diagrams will be normally printed in single column width (8 cm). Exceptionally large ones may be printed across two columns (17 cm).

 

Author Checklist

  • Author(s)’ bio-data including affiliation(s) and mail and e-mail address(es).
  • Manuscript including abstracts, key words, illustrations, tables, figures with figure captions and list of references.
  • MS Word file of the article.

1. Author responsibility

The authors are exclusively responsible for the contents of their submissions, the validity of the experimental results and must make sure that they have permission from all involved parties to make the data public. 
It is the responsibility of each author to ensure that articles submitted to ACERP are written with ethical standards in mind, concerning plagiarism. 
Please note that all submissions are thoroughly checked for plagiarism. If an attempt at plagiarism is found in a published article, the authors will be asked to issue a written apology to the authors of the original material. Any article which shows obvious signs of plagiarism will be automatically rejected and its authors will be banned for duration of three years from publishing in ACERP. The authors will receive proper notification if such a situation arises. 
Information on what constitutes plagiarism is provided below. 

2. Plagiarism: Definition and Context


Plagiarism, where someone assumes another's ideas, words, or other creative expression as one's own, is a clear violation of scientific ethics. Plagiarism may also involve a violation of copyright law, punishable by legal action.
Plagiarism may constitute the following: 

  • Word for word, or almost word for word copying, or purposely paraphrasing portions of another author's work without clearly indicating the source or marking the copied fragment (for example, using quotation marks);

  • Copying equations, figures or tables from someone else's article without properly citing the source and/or without permission from the original author or the copyright holder.

Self-plagiarism, as a related issue, is the word for word or almost word for word reproduction of portions of one's own copyrighted work without proper citation of the original material. Self-plagiarism does not apply to publications based on the author's own previously copyrighted work (for example from conference proceedings) where proper reference was given for the original text. 

The ACERP editorial board will place any plagiarism-related investigation at high priority and will take appropriate action as needed. 

 

COPE

Since December 2014, ACERP has effectively utilized plagiarism checker for the detection of the quality of all submitted articles in review process. Once a manuscript is reviewed before any decision the editorial board; we shall provide full report from board of reviewers to assist board members to judge and make correct decision. Based on recommendations the results would be shared with authors for revision and improving the quality of publication in ACERP. All submitted manuscripts to ACERP should be original and any part of the article should not be plagiarized. Even reviewed article before any decision, the content is checked for plagiarism. For any submitted manuscript, the plagiarism level greater than 25% including author name, affiliation, and references is automatically rejected and a similarity of > 20%  is considered as high percentage of plagiarism. ACERP does its best to adhere to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) as much as possible. ACERP's board members welcome any international publishers to provide ACERP special services for improving internationalization and also help us to get recognition, prefect global impact, and publicity to approach COPE standard criteria.



Conflict of Interest
All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest such as any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations concerning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work. 

 
Copyright and Permissions

By submitting a manuscript to the editor or publisher you are deemed to have granted permission to publish the manuscript. 

Proofs
Proofs will be sent via e-mail as an Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format) file. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read the PDF.

This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. To avoid delay in publication, corrected proofs should be sent to the publisher within 48 hours of receipt.

 

Review System

All manuscripts will be initially checked for plagiarism and then peer-reviewed by qualified reviewers. The processes of reviewing, acceptance, and publication of articles in the ACERP journal are as follows:

1- The editor-in-chief's opinion: after submitting your manuscript, if the manuscript's file is complete, it is sent to determine the level and degree of its fitness with the journal's standards and finally selecting referees (usually 3) for a process of anonymous evaluation.

  • If the editor-in-chief's opinion is positive, the article enters the next stage.
  • If it is negative, the article is discussed in the editorial board meeting, and granted that members accept the editor-in-chief's opinion, a rejection letter is issued.

2- Looking through the article to make sure of the observance of the journal's standards in terms of style and format. (If delivered in the wrong format and does not conform to the journal's policies, the article will be returned to the sender for completion.)

3- Submission for evaluation; (if the file is complete and in full compliance with the journal's format, the manuscript will be sent to referees at the same time.)

4- Completion the results of the initial evaluation and revisions by the corresponding author.

  • If the result is positive with 3 referees, the author gains access to "editing the article" so that revisions will be made.
  • If the result is positive with 2 referees and negative with 1 referee, the author gains access to "editing the article" so that revisions will be made.
  • If the result is negative with 2 referees, the article is discussed in the editorial board meeting, and granted that members accept the referee's opinion, a rejection letter is issued.

5- Receiving the revised manuscript and sending it to one of the referees for final evaluation (if the article is revised and re-submitted according to the journal's policies.)

6- Receiving the result of final evaluation and discuss it in the editorial board meeting for making a decision:

  • If revisions are fully accepted and are approved in the final evaluation by the final referee, the article is discussed in the editorial board meeting, and granted that members accept the referee's opinion, an acceptance letter is issued.
  • If revisions are partially accepted and are not approved in the final evaluation by the final referee, the manuscript will be sent to the corresponding author for further revisions. Note that this process happens only one time, meaning if the article is not approved by the final referee after the second round, it is recommended in the editorial board meeting for rejection.

7- The article is put in the publication waiting list

8- Publication (all articles, after final preparation and editing, will be sent to the corresponding author for a final review, so if there is a need for change, it will be done. In other words, an approval for the release of the article is asked from the corresponding author).