Publication Policies

Copyright Policy

Authors publishing with Atlantic Science and Technology Academic Press (ASTAP)  retain the copyright of their work under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY).
This license allows others to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work, provided that the original work is properly cited.

By submitting a manuscript for publication, Authors agree to the following terms.
1. Authors will own the copyright to the Article.
2. The manuscript submitted for publication is the author’s original work.
3. Authors hereby grant to ASTAP a free and unrestricted license to disseminate the Article electronically to anybody who asks for it.
4. All authors participated in the work in a substantive way and are prepared to take public responsibility for the work.
5. All authors have seen and approved the manuscript as submitted.
6. The manuscript has not been published and is not being submitted or considered for publication elsewhere.
7. The text, illustrations and any other materials included in the manuscript do not infringe upon any existing copyright or other rights of anyone.
8. No responsibility is assumed by ASTAP, its staff or members of the editorial board for any injury or change to person or property
as a matter of product liability, negligence or otherwise of any methods, product instruction or ideas contained in this publication.

Open Access Policy

Open access publishing provides immediate, worldwide free access to all published manuscripts. Readers can view, download, print, and redistribute any article without any financial barrier, enabling greater distribution of an article.

The publication costs of an article are paid from an author’s research budget, or by their supporting institution. These Article Processing Charges replace subscription charges covers the costs of manuscript processing, online availability, hosting and archiving.

All Atlantic Science and Technology Academic Press’s journals adhere to the open access policy. Once our highly qualified Editorial Board has accepted the manuscript, authors will receive an invoice including the publication charges for their manuscript.

Article Posting Policy

ASTAP does not consider posting a manuscript on a pre-print server or conference presentations to be duplicate publication. Authors can post their manuscript to online repositories, personal and institutional websites prior to acceptance. Before acceptance of the manuscript, authors cannot associate the article to any ASTAP’  journals.

We allow the final version of all published articles to be placed in any digital archive, personal and institutional websites immediately on publication. Authors are advised to acknowledge the journal on the website where they have posted it, add the citation information and link it to the online abstract.

Advertising Policy

• All advertisements are subject to approval of ASTAP and can be rejected or canceled at any time by the publisher.
• The advertiser agrees to hold harmless ASTAP against expenses and losses resulting from the publication of the advertisement.
• All advertisements must clearly and prominently identify the advertiser by trademark or signature.
• Any references to ASTAP advertisements, promotional material or merchandising by the advertiser is subject to ASTAP’ approval.
• ASTAP cannot guarantee fixed advertisement positioning.
• All advertisements published by ASTAP will be displayed at random unless otherwise instructed by the advertiser, in which case additional charges may be applied.
• ASTAP is not responsible for damage for errors in displaying an ad.
• ASTAP will not be bound by any condition when such conditions conflict with the conditions set forth.
• In the event of nonpayment, ASTAP reserves the right to hold advertiser liable for such dues as payable.
• Advertiser represents and warrants that all advertisements they advertise are compliant with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations in the country where the advertisement will be seen.

Deposit Policy / Archiving Policy

We follow Sherpa/Romeo‘s green archiving policy. Both pre-print and post-print or publisher’s version/PDF can be archived, without restrictions.

Submission Policy

All manuscripts should be written in English and prepared according to the Author Guide.
Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the authorities responsible where the work was carried out. However, we accept submissions that have previously appeared on preprint servers (for example: arXiv, bioRxiv, Nature Precedings, Philica, Social Science Research Network, and Vixra); have previously been presented at conferences; or have previously appeared in other “non-journal” venues (for example: blogs or posters). Authors are responsible for updating the archived preprint with the journal reference (including DOI) and a link to the published articles on the appropriate journal website upon publication.
Any manuscripts out of the journal’s scope or containing plagiarism, including self-plagiarism, are rejected. All submissions will be checked by iThenticate before being sent to reviewers.

Peer Review Process Policy

Reviewers play a central role in scholarly publishing. Peer review helps validate research, establish a method by which it can be evaluated, and increase networking possibilities within research communities. Despite criticisms, peer review is still the only widely accepted method for research validation.
Beeing of utter importance for filtering high quality research and for maintaining journal focus, peer review is sistematically used for all papers sent to our journal.
All papers submitted to the journal are subjected to blind, unbiased, independent critical evaluation.

Our peer-review policy provides for the use of Single Blind Review procedure.
The names of the reviewers are hidden from the author. This is the traditional method of reviewing and is the most common type by far.
Reviewer anonymity allows for impartial decisions – the reviewers will not be influenced by the authors.
Authors may be concerned that reviewers in their field could delay publication, giving the reviewers a chance to publish first.
Reviewers may use their anonymity as justification for being unnecessarily critical or harsh when commenting on the authors’ work.
Submission to first editorial decision with review comments: up to 3 weeks
Submission to publication: 1-3 months

The review process is as follows:
First an editor checks the article for its suitability to be published in the journal, according to its scope.
Next the editor assigns the article to two independent reviewers, selected based on their field of expertise to match the content of the article, to critically appraise the paper. The reviewers are selected form our database of reviewers.
The article is sent to them and they are asked to perform the review. If they consider they don’t have enough expertise on the article content, or if they decline the review, another reviewer is asked to help with the review.
Subsequently the reviewers assess the article, writes their comments to the author and to the editor and give their reccomendation:
At the end of the round of reviewing, the editor makes the decision: accept submission, revisions are required, resubmit for review, or decline submission.
The decision will be sent to the author along with the comments from the reviewers and the editor.
The editorial process will continue with other rounds of reviewing (in case revisions are requred) till the final decision is made (to accept the article or to decline it).
In the interests of transparency, authors are informed that on average a round of reviewing takes about 3 weeks (The typical period of time allowed for reviewers is two weeks).

Waiver Policy

As an Open Access publisher, Atlantic Science and Technology Academic Press (ASTAP) charges a publication fee to cover the publication costs.
The waiver policy is only available to the journal reviewers and editorial board members, so long as they performed the assigned review task punctually and seriously. We do not waive or reduce publication fees in any other cases.

Policies on the Use of Human Subjects in Research

When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with any ethical standards set by a governing committee responsible for human experimentation (ie, if applicable, a university review board) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must, in a separate document, explain the rationale for their approach, and, if presented before a review body, demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study.