مجلة الكنوز العلمية

Guide

Instructions for Authors

Authors should submit only papers that have been carefully proof read and polished. Before submission please make sure that your paper is prepared using Al-Kunooze Scientific Journal “ KSJ” paper template. It should printed in 12 font size, font type used for Simplified Arabic, and Times New Roman font for English.
The title of the research, the name of the researcher, his place of work, the abstract and the key words shall be written in both Arabic and English clearly. This will ensure fast processing and publication. Acceptance or rejection notification will be sent to all authors. KSJ invites contribution in the following categories:

1. Original research.
2. Survey/Review articles, providing a comprehensive review on a scientific topic.
3. Fast Communications: Short, self-contained articles on ongoing research.
4. Technical Notes.

We accept extended version of papers previously published in conferences and/or journals. Submitted papers must be written in English, not exceeding 25 one-column pages KSJ format. (Submitted papers need to be in MS Word format with file extension .doc or .docx) .
You will have to submit your manuscript together with the Copyright as mention below:

journal1@kunoozu.edu.iq .

Article Processing Charges

All articles published in "Al-Kunooze Scientific Journal" (KSJ) are open access and freely available online, immediately upon publication.

Cover Letter

All submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter that includes a brief overview of the manuscript and the corresponding and contacting author contact information including full name, e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address (corresponding author and contacting author). It should also specify the number of display items (figures and tables), the number of attachments (manuscript, figures, Supplementary Information if any), and their formats.

It must include a statement indicating that the article has not been published in another publication and is not being submitted simultaneously to another journal.

Preparation of the manuscript

General: Papers must be clearly written in English. If you would like additional help with the quality of your written English, including grammar, spelling,and language usage consult American Journal Expert :
(http://www.journalexperts.com/).
The format of different types of articles is as under:

Format of Research Articles

Research articles present original research and address a clearly stated specific hypothesis or question. Papers should provide novel approaches and new insights into the problem addressed. A research article should divide into the following headings:

Title page

Author's information

Present address

Abstract

Keywords

Introduction

Materials and Methods

Results

Discussion

Acknowledgments

References

Tables

Figures

Tables

Tables must be numbered with Arabic numerals in the order in which they are cited in the text. They should have a brief descriptive title placed at the
top. A short description is also accepted. Footnotes can be included below the table. Tables cannot duplicate data contained in the text. Tables must be sent in Microsoft Word and have no links to the main document or other archives. Provide files at approximately the correct size they are to be printed (letter size).


Figures

Figures should be supplied in an electronic format at a suitable size for printing with the following resolutions: 600 dots per inch (dpi) for line drawings and combinations; 300 dpi for greyscale and colour. Colour figures must be supplied in CMYK not RGB colours. Please ensure that the prepared electronic image files print at a legible size and are of a high quality for publication.
References

At the end of the paper, in the References section the literature should be arranged in numbers order. If they have the same author, they should be in chronological order.

Policy of screening for plagiarism

Papers submitted to International Journal of Engineering and Technology will be screened for plagiarism using CrossCheck / iThenticate plagiarism detection tools. Apart from that we check with Copyscape for plagiarism. International Journal of Engineering and Technology will immediately reject papers leading to plagiarism or self-plagiarism.

Plagiarism

"Plagiarism is the use of others' published and unpublished ideas or words (or other intellectual property) without attribution or permission, and presenting them as new and original rather than derived from an existing source. The intent and effect of plagiarism is to mislead the reader as to the contributions of the plagiarizer. This applies whether the ideas or words are taken from abstracts, research grant applications, Institutional Review Board applications, or unpublished or published manuscripts in any publication format. Plagiarism is scientific misconduct and should be addressed as such.

Self-plagiarism refers to the practice of an author using portions of their previous writings on the same topic in another of their publications, without specifically citing it formally in quotes. This practice is widespread and sometimes unintentional, as there are only so many ways to say the same thing on many occasions, particularly when writing the methods section of an article. Although this usually violates the copyright that has been assigned to the publisher, there is no consensus as to whether this is a form of scientific misconduct, or how many of one's own words one can sue before it is truly "plagiarism." Probably for this reason self-plagiarism is not regarded in the same light as plagiarism of ideas and words of other individuals. If journals have developed a policy on this matter, it should be clearly stated for authors."

Direct plagiarism is the plagiarism of the text. Mosaic plagiarism is the borrowing of ideas and opinions from an original source and a few verbatim words or phrases without crediting the author.

Authors can adhere to the following steps to report plagiarism:

Inform the editor of the journal where a plagiarized article is published.
Send original and plagiarized articles with plagiarized part highlighted.
If evidence of plagiarism is convincing, editor should arrange for a disciplinary meeting.
Editor of the journal where the plagiarized article should communicate with the editor of the journal containing the original article to rectify the matter.
The plagiarist should be asked to provide an explanation.
In case of nonresponse in the stipulated time or an unsatisfactory explanation, the article should be permanently retracted.

Author should be blacklisted and debarred for submitted an article to a particular journal for at least 5 years.
The concerned head of the institution has to be notified.
Plagiarism could be detected using Google search engine or one of two programs; iThenticate or Turnitin.

Licence and permissions

It is a condition of publication that authors grant an exclusive licence to Scientific Journal of Al-Kunooze University College. This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently, and will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible. In assigning copyright, authors may use their own material in other publications, provided that the journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication, and Scientific Journal of Al-Kunooze University College is notified in writing and in advance.

Work submitted for publication must be original, previously unpublished, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. If previously published figures, tables, or parts of text are to be included, the copyright-holder’s permission must have been obtained prior to submission.

Preparation of the manuscript

General: Papers must be clearly written in English. If you would like additional help with the quality of your written English, including grammar, spelling,

and language usage consult American Journal Expert (http://www.journalexperts.com/). The format of different types of articles is as under:

Waiver Policy

At Academic Journals, we understand that some institutions may have limited funding for their research activities. Thus, we have instituted a generous waiver system that may ease the payment of the manuscript handling fee when their researchers choose to publish their manuscripts in any of our journals. Our primary goal as stated in our mission is to accelerate the dissemination of knowledge through the publication of high quality research articles. We are continually pursuing this goal, without putting undue financial burden on researchers or their institutions. Hence, we have instituted the following waiver policy.

Authors from Low Income Countries may be granted up to 75% waiver.
Authors from Lower Middle-Income Countries may be granted up to 40% waiver.

In addition, it is also not unusual for authors to be granted full waivers, especially authors from low income countries.

To request a waiver, kindly send an application to journal1@kunoozu.edu.iq.
Waiver application should contain the manuscript number and state the reason for requesting a waiver.

Policy of screening for plagiarism

Papers submitted to International Journal of Engineering and Technology will be screened for plagiarism using CrossCheck / iThenticate plagiarism detection tools. Apart from that we check with Copyscape for plagiarism. International Journal of Engineering and Technology will immediately reject papers leading to plagiarism or self-plagiarism.

Plagiarism

"Plagiarism is the use of others' published and unpublished ideas or words (or other intellectual property) without attribution or permission, and presenting them as new and original rather than derived from an existing source. The intent and effect of plagiarism is to mislead the reader as to the contributions of the plagiarizer. This applies whether the ideas or words are taken from abstracts, research grant applications, Institutional Review Board applications, or unpublished or published manuscripts in any publication format. Plagiarism is scientific misconduct and should be addressed as such.

Self-plagiarism refers to the practice of an author using portions of their previous writings on the same topic in another of their publications, without specifically citing it formally in quotes. This practice is widespread and sometimes unintentional, as there are only so many ways to say the same thing on many occasions, particularly when writing the methods section of an article. Although this usually violates the copyright that has been assigned to the publisher, there is no consensus as to whether this is a form of scientific misconduct, or how many of one's own words one can sue before it is truly "plagiarism." Probably for this reason self-plagiarism is not regarded in the same light as plagiarism of ideas and words of other individuals. If journals have developed a policy on this matter, it should be clearly stated for authors."

Direct plagiarism is the plagiarism of the text. Mosaic plagiarism is the borrowing of ideas and opinions from an original source and a few verbatim words or phrases without crediting the author.

Authors can adhere to the following steps to report plagiarism:

Inform the editor of the journal where a plagiarized article is published.
Send original and plagiarized articles with plagiarized part highlighted.
If evidence of plagiarism is convincing, editor should arrange for a disciplinary meeting.
Editor of the journal where the plagiarized article should communicate with the editor of the journal containing the original article to rectify the matter.
The plagiarist should be asked to provide an explanation.
In case of nonresponse in the stipulated time or an unsatisfactory explanation, the article should be permanently retracted.

Author should be blacklisted and debarred for submitted an article to a particular journal for at least 5 years.
The concerned head of the institution has to be notified.
Plagiarism could be detected using Google search engine or one of two programs; iThenticate or Turnitin.

Preprint pre-publication policy

This policy applies to all articles to be published/published by Al-Kunooze Scientific Journal (KSJ),
Including the Preprint in a thesis/dissertation
Each Named Author of an article who wishes to submit an article to KSJ or has submitted an article to KSJ may include the Preprint in their thesis or dissertation at any time provided:
It has not been and will not be published commercially
You did not and do not transfer (assign) ownership of its copyright
You did not and do not grant an exclusive licence to it, and
It is not made available under any open access (unless your article is going to be published by KSJ , in which case we allow the preprint to have already been made available .
Posting the Preprint online
Each Named Author of an article who wishes to submit an article to KSJ, or has submitted an article to KSJ already, may post the Preprint on the following websites at any time:
arXiv/bioRxiv
Other non-commercial subject based Preprint servers or repositories
Scientific Social Networks that have endorsed the STM voluntary principles for article sharing
Your Personal Website, and/or
Your company/institutional repository
in all cases, provided that:
You did not and do not transfer (assign) ownership of its copyright
You did not and do not grant an exclusive licence to it, and
It is not made available (unless your article is going to be published by KSJ .
Until acceptance of the article by KSJ, you may not attribute it to any KSJ journal. Once the Final Published Version has been published, you should add citation details . KSJ also requires that authors include the wording as set out below:
‘This is the version of the article before peer review or editing, as submitted by an author to {insert name of Journal}. KSJ Publishing Ltd is not responsible for any errors or omissions in this version of the manuscript or any version derived from it.
Posting of the Preprint on any other site(s) is considered pre-publication, and in such circumstances an article will not be considered for publication in one of KSJ’s journals. Please note, ResearchGate and Academia.edu are commercial Scientific Social Networks and so the Preprint may not be posted to them or shared on them at any time.
Any other use of the Preprint is considered pre-publication, and in such circumstances an article will not be considered for publication in one of KSJ’s journals.
Definitions: article versions
It is important to understand which version of an article you are reading and what rights you have when you access our content. Is it the un-edited manuscript, the peer-reviewed manuscript, the final version or one that has been corrected post-publication? The following are our current definitions of the different versions of an article and apply to both subscription and open access articles.
Author’s Original/Preprint is ‘the version of the article before peer review or editing, as submitted by an author to the journal’.
Accepted Manuscript is ‘the version of the article accepted for publication including all changes made as a result of the peer review process, and which may also include the addition to the article by KSJ Publishing of a header, an article ID, a cover sheet and/or an ‘Accepted Manuscript’ watermark, but excluding any other editing, typesetting or other changes made by KSJ Publishing and/or its licensors’.
Final Published Version is ‘the peer reviewed, edited, formatted and typeset version of the article, including any tagging, indexing and other enhancements published by KSJ Publishing and/or its licensors’.
Version of Record is ‘the Final Published Version, including any post publication corrections or enhancements and any other changes made by KSJ Publishing and/or its licensors’.

Retained Rights/Terms and Conditions

1.Authors/employers retain all proprietary rights in any process, procedure, or article of manufacture described in the Work.
2.Authors/employers may reproduce or authorize others to reproduce the Work, material extracted verbatim from the Work, or derivative works for the author’s personal use or for company use, provided that the source and Al-Kunooze Scientific Journal ( KSJ ) copyright notice are indicated, the copies are not used in any way that implies KSJ endorsement of a product or service of any employer, and the copies themselves are not offered for sale.
3.Authors/employers may make limited distribution of all or portions of the Work prior to publication if they inform KSJ in advance of the nature and extent of such limited distribution.
4.For all uses not covered by items 2 and 3 authors/employers must request permission from KSJ Intellectual Property Rights office to reproduce or authorize the reproduction of the Work or material extracted verbatim from the Work, including figures and tables.
5.Although authors are permitted to re-use all or portions of the Work in other works, this does not include granting third-party requests for reprinting, republishing, or other types of re-use. KSJ Intellectual Property Rights office must handle all such third-party requests.

Information for Authors Author/Employer Right

If you are employed and prepared the Work on a subject within the scope of your employment, the copyright in the Work belongs to your employer as a work-for-hire. In that case, KSJ assumes that when you sign this Form, you are authorized to do so by your employer and that your employer has consented to the transfer of copyright, to the representation and warranty of publication rights, and to all other terms and conditions of this Form. If such authorization and consent has not been given to you, an authorized representative of your employer should sign this Form as the Author.

KSJ Copyright Ownership

It is the formal policy of KSJ to own the copyrights to all copyrightable material in its technical publications and to the individual contributions contained therein, in order to protect the interests of the KSJ, its authors and their employers, and, at the same time, to facilitate the appropriate re-use of this material by others. KSJ distributes its technical publications throughout the world and does so by various means such as hard copy, microfiche, microfilm, and electronic media. It also abstracts and may translate its publications, and articles contained therein, for inclusion in various compendiums, collective works, databases and similar publications.

Peer Review Process

Peer review exists to ensure that Al-Kunooze Scientific Journal good science. This benefits the entire scientific community. Sometimes scientists find the peer review process intimidating because it can lead to the rejection of their manuscript. Keep in mind that revisions and improvement are part of the publication process and actually help raise the quality of your manuscript.
Peer review is an integral part of scientific publishing that confirms the validity of the science reported. Peer reviewers are experts who volunteer their time to help improve the journal manuscripts they review-they offer authors free advice.

The complete review process is expected to take maximum of 11 working days after submission but can take longer depending on the number of papers currently in review. Authors can expect to hear from the journal's coordinator at least 4 notifications.

Step 1: The completed manuscript in a soft copy (.doc or .docx) format along with signed copyright form (image, word format or digitally signed) should be submitted to : Journal1@kunoozu.edu.iq.

Step 2: Papers will be checked for basic requirements: 1- Fitting the journal's aims and scopes. 2- Having minimum acceptable quality. 3- Compliance with the journal's instructions for authors. The manuscript is then submitted to the committee chair to be assigned for review to two reviewers considered to have the expertise in the subject area of the manuscript for a careful dispassionate review. The identity of the authors and their institutional affiliations will be concealed from the reviewers (Blind Peer Review).

Step 3: Reviewers will review the paper for technical content, relevance, timeliness, and value to the readership. The manuscript will be adjudged into one of four categories: 1) accepted for publication 2) accepted with minor modifications, 3) accepted with major modifications and 4) not accepted. The results of the review will be communicated to the editor for onward transmission to the authors.

Step 4: If required, authors are to modify the manuscript in light of the reviewers' comments and suggestions and resubmit the manuscript.

Step 5: Authors aill be asked to complete their registration (Sending payment proof and registration form).

Step 6: Papers will be prepared for publication by publications department according to journal's criteria.

Step 7: Papers will be archived in journal dedicated servers and other scientific references according to their subjects.

Blind Peer-review

A critical objective of Al-Kunooze Scientific Journal (KSJ)'s mission statement is to provide highly relevant technical information. KSJ have implemented a rigorous blind peer review process to ensure the high quality of its technical material. Peer review (also known as refereeing) is the process of subjecting an author's scholarly work, research, or ideas to the scrutiny of others who are experts in the same field.

Disclaimer

Prospective authors should note that only original and previously unpublished manuscripts will be considered. Furthermore, simultaneous submissions (under consideration for publication elsewhere) are not acceptable. Submission of a manuscript is interpreted as a statement of certification that no part of the manuscript is copyrighted by any other publication nor is under review by any other formal publication. It is the primary responsibility of the author to obtain proper permission for the use of any copyrighted materials in the manuscript, prior to the submission of the manuscript to Al-Kunooze Scientific Journal "KSJ".