Once a paper is submitted to IASTED, the review process is as follows:
- Screening Protocol
A team of IASTED Planners trained in science and engineering conducts the first review of the submitted papers to ensure that all papers are clear, authentic and relevant to the conference material.
- Expert Review
Every paper submitted to an IASTED conference is sent to at least three reviewers that include members of the International Program Committee (IPC), members of the Technical Committee, and additional qualified reviewers.
- Double-Blind review
Each paper is double-blind reviewed by at least two reviewers, and ideally is double-blind reviewed by three or more reviewers. After the paper has been reviewed, the conference chair examines the paper and the reviewers’ comments. Then the conference chair makes the final decision on each paper. We encourage our reviewers to give a detailed account of their decision.
Once reviewed, every author will be able to view the reviewers’ comments as a single document. The author will learn the paper’s average scores on originality, contribution to the scientific community, use of references, presentation of ideas, language level, as well as any other comments that the reviewers have provided.
- Paper Approval
Acceptance is primarily based on the relevance, originality, technical soundness, presentation, references, and scientific merit of the paper. All papers must be well written. Some papers may be rejected based on the level of language. If the paper is not clear, it cannot be reviewed. The conference chair makes the final decision on the acceptance or rejection of the paper.
- Review Portal
All reviews of the conference papers are submitted via our online review system at:
Plagiarism is claiming that someone else's writing, experiments, and/or research are your own. This is done by copying another person’s work including articles and/or experiments that are not common knowledge without a reference to that work.
Copying includes using the figures, charts, diagrams, equations, computer code, graphs, photographs, text, abstract, or subject headings of a previous work without proper reference. Copying also includes cutting and pasting substantial portions of text from another work without proper reference.
For standard referencing styles, please refer to any of the following resources:
Common knowledge is a fact that is widely known and available in many sources. An author does not need to cite common knowledge. The following are some guidelines to what knowledge is common which can also be found in encyclopedias, dictionaries, or other common sources.
For example, the following is rarely common knowledge:
- "The Gluglac Basin Council paid for the study examining the effects of transferring 950 m3/day of water to new urban developments."
A fact that is widely known and available in many sources in a specific field need not be cited. If first-year undergraduate students would know this fact, it is probably common knowledge in the specific field. For example:
- "The increase in the internal energy of a system is equal to the amount of energy added by heating the system minus the amount lost as a result of the work done by the system on its surroundings."
Why is plagiarism wrong?
Plagiarism is wrong because it is the theft of the work of another author. The work of another author is the intellectual property of that author. By failing to make a proper reference to that author's work, the plagiarist is stealing that property. For more information on plagiarism, please visit http://www.bbk.ac.uk/polsoc/students/international/referencing
How does IASTED detect plagiarized work?
IASTED utilize advanced plagiarism detection software called iThenticate on each submitted paper. IASTED also employs a thorough review process to ensure authenticity of conference proceedings and to protect the integrity of participating authors and professionals in the industry.
Can an author use his or her previous work without reference?
This is called self-plagiarism, and self-plagiarism is forbidden by IASTED. Authors must cite their previous articles, experiments, or research in subsequent work.
Why is self-plagiarism wrong?
Self-plagiarism is wrong because when you are copying some of your previous work in a new publication without proper referencing, you are asking for the same credit twice. Thus, self-plagiarism is dishonest and goes against academic integrity.
Examples of proper citation
- A direct quote is copying word-for-word of work of another. The author must include quotation marks ("...") at the start and end of the direct quote. The author must include a reference to the source of the quote.
- For example, Author A1 wrote the following, so the word-for-word use of the text requires quotation marks and a reference:
- "Experiment A resulted in a disk diameter change of 0.13 m over the testing period, whereas Experiments B and C resulted in changes of 0.08 m and 0.11 m, respectively, during the testing period. These results confirm that effectiveness of the highest-heat treatment of the testing material to result in the greatest increase in the diameter of the disk." [<reference to Author A1>]
- The author summarizes the work of another. The author must include a citation to the original work, but quotation marks ("...") are unnecessary.
- For example, the following is the original work by Author A1:
- Experiment A resulted in a disk diameter change of 0.13 m over the testing period, whereas Experiments B and C resulted in changes of 0.08 m and 0.11 m, respectively, during the testing period. These results confirm that effectiveness of the highest-heat treatment of the testing material to result in the greatest increase in the diameter of the disk.
- The following is a paraphrase by Author A2 of the work by Author A1:
- A high-heat treatment is effective in increasing the diameter of a disk. [<reference to Author A1>]
- Often, Author A3 cites text from Author A2, and Author A2's text is itself a quote or reference to Author A1. In this case, Author A3 must give credit to both Author A1 and Author A2.
- Text of Author A1 that is original work:
The water flow over the Aboul Weir is 95 m3/s and the water flow over the Zobul Weir is 85 m3/s, both of which are the highest weir flow rates on the Kobul River.
- Text of Author A2 citing Author A1 using quotation marks:
"More water flows over the Aboul Weir than over the Zobul Weir." [<reference Author A1>]
- Text of Author A3 that cites both Author A2 and Author A1 using quotation marks:
"The flow over the Aboul Weir is the highest rate on the Kobul River." [<reference Author A2>, <reference Author A1>]
What happens to authors found to have plagiarized work?
IASTED will not publish plagiarized work, and further work from that author will not be read and/or reviewed for two years.
- When IASTED believes that the author made a good faith error in interpreting the Guidelines, IASTED may request that the author change the paper to conform to the Guidelines. For referencing guidelines, please click here.
IASTED reserves the right to change the Guidelines at any time and without notice. Authors are subject to the Guidelines in effect at the date of submission of their work to IASTED. Please feel free to contact IASTED if you have further questions.
References and sources of further information: