Publication Ethics

Publication Ethics

All articles submitted to Mechanics of Advanced Composite Structure (MACS) must be original (not copying other data) and not published or submitted for the publication else journals. All articles should be submitted electronically through the website to send for reviewing. Authors are asked to consider all topics of publication ethics in writing their articles. After the acceptation of an article and before its publication, the copyright form should be signed by all authors. Authors are responsible for each material in their published articles including the accuracy, the credit and the validity of all materials and also all topics of publication ethics.

Authors of a submitted article claim that their scientific materials are related only to their scientific activities. Utilizing other comments or sentences, in the title of an original research, is not ethical and it is a serious illegal, which entitled "plagiarism". Besides mentioning utilized references, all or a part of materials in articles should not be a part of or copied from published or un-published manuscripts.

The MACS keeps confidential all details about submitted articles and do not comment to any outside organization about manuscripts under consideration by the journals while they are under consideration or if they are rejected. The journal editor-in-chief may comment publicly on published articles, but their comments are restricted to the content itself to evaluate articles. Referees of articles submitted to MACS maintain confidentiality of manuscripts and any other data.

All articles submitted to MACS undergo a single-blind peer review process. According to the reviewing system in MACS, each submitted article will be sent to three reviewers based on a double-blind peer review process. It should be noted that if one reviewer accept the article and the other reject it, the forth reviewer will determine the article status. After the final acceptance, the article will be published in print and electronic (open access) versions.

The ethical policy of MACS is based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines and complies with International Committee of MACS Editorial Board codes of conduct. Readers, authors, reviewers and editors should follow these ethical policies once working with  MACS. The ethical policy of MACS is liable to determine which of the typical research papers or articles submitted to the journal should be published in the concerned issue. For information on this matter in publishing and ethical guidelines please visit

*The MACS has applied to become a member of COPE and accepted all COPE statements.


Acceptance of the Papers

The editor-in-chief is responsible for accepting or rejecting the papers. The editor-in-chief with the consultation of the editorial board, advisory board, reviewers, and editors while considering copyright, plagiarism, and other related issues, decides on the acceptance of the papers. Refusal and rejection of a paper review are necessary according to the time and setting. The reviewer who feels disqualification for reviewing a paper should refuse the review.



The editor-in-chief has the responsibility of judging the papers only according to their scientific features and should act without any bias, personal hatred; nor should he/she act with a bias to nationality, gender, religious and tribal, racial, and political issues.



During the reviewing process, the editor-in-chief and members of the editorial board and advisory board should not reveal any material about the article to anybody except the reviewers, authors, and editors.


Originality and Plagiarism

Authors must present original works for consideration in MACS. In papers containing any part of a published article, authors have to properly cite or quote the source of the published article. MACS utilizes "Plagiarism Detection Software (iThenticate)" for checking the originality of submitted papers in the reviewing process.



MACS has commitment to protect all information of submitted articles from untrusted ones. In this regard, MACS editorial boards such as reviewers and advisers are only able to access the information.


Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that might be affected on influence the results or interpretation of the manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. Please click here to download the CONFLICT OF INTEREST DISCLOSURE FORM.


Reporting the Results

The corresponding author is the person held responsible for the contents of the submitted paper. The authors are responsible for a comprehensive and complete report of their findings, and they should be particularly careful in reporting the results and interpreting them. The paper should include enough details and sources so that other researchers will have access to similar data for replication of the study.



MACS has made clear the type of copyright under which authors' work will be published. Upon receipt of the manuscript, authors will be asked to sign the MACS copyright agreement. Please click here to download the MACS COPYRIGHT FORM.


Submission Process

Manuscripts for MACS should be submitted online at The submitting author, who is generally the corresponding author, is responsible for the manuscript during the submission and peer-review process. The submitting author must ensure that all eligible co-authors have been included in the author list and that they have all read and approved the submitted version of the manuscript.


Accepted File Formats

Authors must use the Microsoft Word MACS template to prepare their manuscript. Using the template file will substantially shorten the time to complete copy-editing and publication of accepted manuscripts. Please click here to download the MACS TEMPLATE.


Change of Authorship

After the manuscript is submitted, the corresponding author is required to send a request through the signed MACS Authorship Change Form to add or remove an author or to rearrange the author names of the submitted manuscript.

 Please bear in mind that:

  • Adding a new author to manuscript is possible before acceptance and publication.
  • Removing an author of manuscript is possible before acceptance and publication.
  • Adding a new author to manuscript is impossible after acceptance and publication.
  • Removing an author of manuscript is impossible after acceptance and publication.

All of the above should be requested from the corresponding author and all authors must signature it.

Deceased Authors:

For cases in which an author or co-author dies during the writing, submission, or peer-review process, and the co-authors feel it is appropriate to include the author, co-authors should obtain approval from a (legal) representative which could be a direct relative. The policies of MACS in the case of deceased authors are as follows:

Before acceptance of the manuscripts:

  1. The name of the deceased author can be removed from the manuscript according to the agreement of all of the authors. This decision is depended on the contribution of the deceased author and the final decision needs the approval of the editor of MACS. The editor decides based on the role of the deceased author in the form of the credit author statement.
  2. The name of the deceased author cannot be added to the manuscript after his death.
  3. If the deceased author is the corresponding of the submitted manuscript, it is necessary to change the corresponding author. The new corresponding author must be selected with the consent of all authors.

After acceptance of the manuscripts:

  1. Removing the name of the deceased author is not possible after acceptance.
  2. Adding the name of the deceased author is not possible after acceptance.
  3. The authors can change the corresponding author after acceptance. The new corresponding author must be selected with the consent of all authors.

It should be noted that the name of the deceased author should be mentioned in the footnote of the paper.