Declaration of Ethics and Good Publishing Practices

The Brazilian Journal of Biosystem Engineering (BIOENG) is a Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) member. We fully comply with its Code of Conduct and its Good Practice Guidelines.

The editors of this journal enforce a rigorous peer-review process along with strict policies and strict ethical standards to ensure the contribution to the field of scholarly publishing with high-quality scientific work. Issues of publication ethics are taken very seriously by the editors of BIOENG, and cases of plagiarism, data falsification, image manipulation, inappropriate authorship credit, and the like will not be tolerated.

Authors who wish to publish their articles in BIOENG must respect the following:

  • Any facts that could be perceived as a possible conflict of interest of the author(s) must be disclosed in the article before submission.
  • All authors must have a significant contribution to the research and writing of the article, which justifies their public accountability.
  • Authors must accurately present the results of their research and include an objective discussion of the importance of their results.
  • The data and methods used in the research need to be presented in sufficient detail in the article so that other researchers can replicate the work.
  • Authors should publicly deposit raw data prior to the submission of their manuscripts. If requested, authors need to have at least the raw data readily available for presentation to reviewers and journal editors. Authors need to ensure that appropriate steps are taken to retain raw data in total for a reasonable time after publication.
  • Simultaneous submission of manuscripts to more than one journal is not tolerated.
  • Republishing content that is not new is not tolerated (e.g. an English translation of an article that has already been published in another language will not be accepted).
  • If authors find errors and inaccuracies after the publication their article, they must promptly notify the editors of this journal so that appropriate action can be taken. Please see our Articles Retraction Policy.
  • In cases of detection of errors in the article after publication, authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections.
  • The manuscript must not contain any information that has already been published. If the author includes previously published figures or images, obtain the necessary permission from the copyright holder to publish under the CC-BY 4.0 license. For more information, see the Rights and Permissions page.
  • Plagiarism, data fabrication, and image manipulation are not tolerated.
    • Plagiarism is not acceptable in submissions to BIOENG. Plagiarism includes copying partial or full text, ideas, images, or data from another source, even from your publications, without crediting the source. Reuse of text copied from another source must be enclosed in quotation marks, and the original source must be cited. If the study's design or the structure or language of the manuscript was inspired by previous work, those works should be cited explicitly. If plagiarism is detected before or during the peer review process, the manuscript may be rejected. If the publication detects plagiarism, we may publish a correction or withdraw the article.
    • Image files must not be manipulated or adjusted in any way that could lead to misinterpretation of the information provided by the original image. Irregular manipulation includes: 1) introducing, enhancing, moving, or removing features from the original image; 2) grouping images that obviously must be presented separately; or 3) modifying the contrast, brightness, or color balance to obscure, eliminate or enhance some information. We may reject the manuscript when irregular image manipulation is identified and confirmed before or during peer-review. We retract the article when irregular image manipulation is identified and confirmed after publication.

Our editors will investigate any allegations of publication misconduct and may contact the authors' institutions or funders if necessary. When evidence of misconduct is found, appropriate action will be taken to correct or withdraw the publication. Authors are expected to adhere to ethical best publishing practices when submitting and publishing with BIOENG.

By agreeing to contribute to this journal, the selected reviewers declare that they are free from any conflict of interest. The opinions must be objectively issued, filling in the evaluation form and pointing out specific corrections in a supplementary document or the manuscript itself.