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Policies

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Open Access Policy

Theory and Applications of Graphs is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of all articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

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Editorial Process

Theory and Applications of Graphs employs the following single-blind peer review process for evaluating and accepting articles for publication. Authors may elect double-blind peer review of their work by removing all self-identifying information from their manuscript prior to submission.

  1. Upon submission, an Editor-in-Chief will evaluate your manuscript for originality per the journal’s Plagiarism Policy and assign your manuscript to one of the Editors for initial review.
  2. Upon initial review, if your paper appears potentially acceptable, the Editor will send it to one or more Referees for peer review. In some cases, several rounds of refereeing may be required, and you may be asked to make changes. This step can take from days to months depending on the Referee reports, and the degree to which changes must be made.
  3. If your paper still appears potentially acceptable when the refereeing process is complete, the Editor will ask you to provide a new version on the basis of the reports, and in the format of the journal (see Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines). At this stage, source files in LaTeX and any supplementary files (e.g. figures) may be submitted. We encourage authors to use our LaTeX template file for document formatting.
  4. A subcommittee of the Editors will then consider your paper and make a final decision on whether to accept it or not. This step usually takes several days.
  5. If your paper is accepted, it will be published. You will be notified when it is published.

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Publication Ethics & Malpractice Guidelines

Theory and Applications of Graphs is dedicated to the following best practices on ethical matters, errors, and retractions. The prevention of publication malpractice is one of the important responsibilities of the journal’s Editorial Staff, including Editors-in-Chief, Editors, and Referees. The following duties outlined for the Editorial Staff and authors are based on the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors. All members of the Editorial Staff and authors must adhere to all journal policies.

Duties of the Editorial Staff

  1. Publication Decisions: Based on the Referee reports, the Editorial Staff may accept, reject, or request modifications to any manuscript.
  2. Review of Manuscripts: The Editorial Staff must ensure that each manuscript is initially evaluated for originality per the journal’s Plagiarism Policy. At this stage, the Editors perform an initial quality screening of the manuscript and decide whether to submit it to full peer review. Only after clearing the initial screening is the manuscript forwarded to the Reviewers for blind peer review.
  3. Fair Play: The Editorial Staff must ensure that each manuscript received by the journal is reviewed for its intellectual content without regard to sex, gender, race, religion, citizenship, etc. of the authors.
  4. Confidentiality: The Editorial Staff must ensure that information regarding manuscripts submitted by the authors is kept confidential.
  5. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: No member of the Editorial Staff will use unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript for his or her own research without written consent of the authors.

Duties of Authors

  1. Reporting Standards: Authors should present an accurate account of their original research as well as an objective discussion of its significance.
  2. Originality: Authors must ensure that they have written entirely original work.
  3. Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publications: Authors should not submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently. It is also expected that the author will not publish redundant manuscripts or manuscripts describing the same research in more than one journal.
  4. Submission Guidelines: Authors must follow the Submission Guidelines of the journal.
  5. Submitting Revised Manuscripts: The revised manuscript should be uploaded in the online system in a timely fashion. The Editor has the right to ask authors to submit a revised version as a new submission that will receive a new number and will undergo a new review process if a significant period (3-6 months or longer) of time has lapsed.
  6. Acknowledgement of Sources: Authors should acknowledge all sources of data used in the research and cite publications that have been influential in the research. Authors should follow all Formatting Guidelines.
  7. Authorship: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution or interpretation of the reported research. Others who have made significant contribution must be listed as co-authors. Authors also ensure that all the authors have seen and agreed to the final version of the manuscript, including their names as co-authors.
  8. Disclosure of Financial Support: Sources of financial support, if any, must be clearly disclosed.
  9. Fundamental Errors in Published Works: If at any point of time, the authors discover a significant error or inaccuracy in the submitted manuscript, then the error or inaccuracy must be reported to the Editors-in-Chief or the Editor assigned to the manuscript.

Duties of Referees

  1. Confidentiality: Information regarding manuscripts submitted by authors should be kept confidential and treated as privileged information.
  2. Acknowledgement of Sources: Referees must ensure that authors have acknowledged all sources of data used in the research. Any kind of similarity or overlap between the manuscripts under consideration or with any other published paper of which the Referee has personal knowledge must immediately be brought to the Editor's notice.
  3. Standards of Objectivity: Review of submitted manuscripts must be done objectively and Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
  4. Promptness: In the event that a Referee feels it is not possible to complete review of the manuscript within the stipulated time should communicate this to the editor so that the manuscript can be assigned to another Referee.

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Submission Guidelines

Anyone may submit an original manuscript to be considered for publication in Theory and Applications of Graphs provided the author owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article.

Submitted manuscripts must be original, self-contained, and written in English. The writing must be unambiguous and grammatically correct to be considered for publication.

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Theory and Applications of Graphs, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Theory and Applications of Graphs. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Theory and Applications of Graphs, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Guidelines

Initial submissions should be made in PDF format. Final versions should be formatted according to the Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for Theory and Applications of Graphs. Source files should be formatted in LaTeX. We encourage authors to use our LaTeX template file for this purpose.

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Copyright & Licensing Terms

All articles published in Theory and Applications of Graphs are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0. Authors retain all copyrights without restrictions, and agree to the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 agreement for their work as a condition of publication.

Under the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 anyone is free to:

  • Share - copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
  • Adapt - remix, transform, and build upon the material

for any purpose, even commercially. This license cannot be revoked so long as the end user complies with the following terms:

  • 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.
  • No Additional Restrictions -You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

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Plagiarism Policy

Theory and Applications of Graphs uses Similarity Check, a multi-publisher initiative, to screen all manuscript submissions for originality (see Editorial Process and Publication Ethics & Malpractice Guidelines). Similarity Check uses the iThenticate software, which checks submissions against millions of published research papers (the Similarity Check database), documents on the web, and other relevant sources. These submitted papers are not retained in the Similarity Check system after they have been checked.

Read more at Crossref's Similarity Check & Researchers page.

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Charges & Fees

Theory and Applications of Graphs levies no charges or fees for publication of accepted articles.

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