Publication ethics

All reports undergo plagiarism check. The check is considered passed when:

  • the total similarity of the report to any already published text (excluding the reference list) does not exceed 15%;
  • there are no more than 6 consecutive words (in a non-specific phrase) matching any already published text.

All verbatim citations must be enclosed in quotation marks and their source has to be explicitly indicated. This way, citations of up to two sentences are permitted.

Splitting one study into two reports sharing text passages is not permitted.

When the total similarity index exceeds 15% without indications of serious ethical standard violation, the article is returned to the author for corrections, along with the plagiarism check report.

When serious ethical standard violation is suspected, namely:

  • an attempt by the authors of submitting somebody else's work as their own;
  • an attempt by the authors of submitting their own previous published study as a new one,

the report is rejected. The Organizing Committee may choose to report the case to the employee of the author submitting the offending article.

BulTrans is committed to the standards of publishing integrity and academic honesty. Editors, reviewers and authors are encouraged to refer to The Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE) and to follow its Code of conduct and guidelines.

Before publication, IOP Publishing will review papers using the powerful text comparison tool: iThenticate. IOP reserves the right to exclude any papers from the Organiser’s volume if in its opinion, or those of its advisers, are considered inappropriate for publication by the IOP. Such reasons shall include, but not be limited to, papers which infringe third party rights; contain libellous or unlawful statements; have not been peer reviewed in accordance with the Peer Review Policy; do not pass duplication check by means of plagiarism detection software; do not fit the scope of the conference.