Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

EWSN is committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics and takes all possible measures against any publication malpractices.
EWSN's Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement is based, in large part, on existing Elsevier policies and COPE’s Best Practice
Guidelines for Journal Editors (For more information, please visit COPE's website: http://publicationethics.org/).

All articles not in accordance with these standards will be removed from the proceedings if malpractice is discovered.
Conformance to standards of ethical behavior is expected of all parties involved: Authors, Reviewers, and the Publisher.

1. Author Responsibilities

  • A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.
  • The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original work, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
  • Submitting the same manuscript to more than one publication concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
  • Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the reported work.
  • All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed in the paper under "acknowledgements".

2. Review Process
  • All submitted papers are subject to rigorous double-blind peer review by at least three international reviewers that are knowledgeable in the area of the paper.
  • The factors that are taken into account in review are relevance, significance, originality, correctness, and presentation.
  • The reviewers together with the program chairs decide on the acceptance of each paper based on the reviews and based on feedback received on the reviews from authors through a rebuttal.
  • The possible decisions include rejection, acceptance, or conditional acceptance. Conditionally accepted papers require changes by the authors that are carefully reviewed by a shepherd before a final acceptance or rejection decision is made by the program chairs based on the recommendation of the shepherd.
  • Rejected articles will not be re-reviewed.
  • The paper acceptance is constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.
  • The reviewers evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content in an objective manner without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
  • The reviewers must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
  • Reviewers must not review any papers if they have a conflict of interest with the authors (including but not limited to recent joint papers or projects, family relationships, supervisor relationship etc.)
  • There are no fees charged for reviewing or processing paper submissions.

3. Publication Ethics
  • EWSN is checking all papers in a double-blind peer review process, including checks for plagiarism and research fabrication (making up research data); falsification (manipulation of existing research data, tables, or images) and improper use of humans or animals in research.
  • In accordance with the code of conduct any cases of suspected plagiarism or duplicate publishing will be reported.
  • EWSN reserves the right to use plagiarism detecting software to screen submitted papers at all times.
  • In case any misconduct is detected by authors, reviewers, or third parties, the program chairs of the respective conference edition shall be informed in writing about the suspected case.
  • The program chairs will investigate the case and take necessary action in cooperation with the general chairs and the steering committee, which may include rejection of the paper, withdrawal of the paper from published proceedings, publication of a correction or clarification or apology, as well as notification of all relevant parties about the case.

4. Copyright and Access
  • EWSN follows an open access policy, where all published papers are made accessible online to anybody free of publication or access fees.
  • EWSN authors retain the copyright of their work but grant EWSN the right to publish their work in this open access manner.
  • The online proceedings are indexed in prominent data bases such as ACM DL or DBLP.

5. Archiving
  • Published EWSN papers are permanently stored on a online server and permanently indexed in online publication data bases.
  • In case EWSN should cease to exist, it is the responsibility of the steering committee to ensure permanent archiving and accessibility of the published papers.

6. Ownership and Management
  • The EWSN conference and its name are in the public domain - it is a research community effort with researchers voluntarily serving on the conference committees.
  • The EWSN conference is managed by a steering committee who, among others, decides where and by whom the annual edition of the conference is organized and ensures that the rules stated in this document are enforced by the general chairs and program chairs and all other involved members of the organizing committee.
  • The current members and chair of the steering committee are listed on the conference website.

7. Schedule
  • EWSN is held annually, currently in February at international locations which typically change each year.