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1) Is there any author fee?

No! Authors pay no fees.

2) Is there any publication fee?

No, if you accept our publication policy.

Publication Management

1) How long do I have to wait for my manuscript to be processed?

At least between 4 to 6 months. This depends on how many trustworthy reviewers are out there, and on how fast they handle their review assignments. We do NOT push reviewers to expedite the review task because this may have unwanted effects on review outcomes.

2) Does my manuscript get published as soon as it is accepted?

You will have to wait for the page proofs to be produced and sent to you for a final check. After that, your published paper will be available online.

3) Do I receive off-prints of print copies of my published papers?

No! You will only receive a pdf copy of your published paper.

4) Do I have to cite papers published in the back issues of IJRAL in my own manuscript? Does it affect the fate of my submission?

No! We do not force authors to cite papers published in the back issues of IJRAL, but we strongly recommend that prospective authors see if any of the papers published in the back issues of IJRAL has any important direct bearing on the topic covered by their submissions and cite them if relevant.

Publication Ethics

1) What do you mean by plagiarism?

Direct copying of materials from other people/sources without appropriately mentioning the source. 7-plus consecutive words directly taken from other sources/authors without appropriate parenthetical citations and enclosure within quotation marks are normally considered as acts of plagiarism.

2) What do you mean by fraud?

Any content that is not genuinely scientific.

3) What do you mean by double/parallel submission?

Submitting the same material to more than one journal or venue simultaneously. Submissions should be made to ONLY one journal at a time and you CANNOT submit your work to more than one journal simultaneously. You should wait for a final decision from IJRAL and then submit your work to another journal IF and ONLY IF your work has been rejected by IJRAL or you have withdrawn your submission.

4) What do you mean by self-plagiarism?

Direct copying content from your own previous publications and pasting it in the submission you make to IJRAL without appropriate parenthetical citations—and, if direct, enclosure within quotation marks.

5) Does anything happen to me if I am flagged as an unethical author?

Absolutely! Your published work, if plagiarized, will be retracted and you will get black-listed and will be denied future publication opportunities (for, at least, 5 years).

6) What do you mean by predatory journals?

These are untrusted pseudo-scientific journals that publish questionable content that pollutes real science. They are tracked by Professor Jeffrey Beall and black-listed at:




Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics
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2000 - 2020
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