Complaints and Appeal Policy

The Editorial Board of the Journal of Agricultural Engineering (India) considers each complaint with due solemnity. Issues related to (a) authorship and seniority of authorship, (b) plagiarism, (c) duplicate, multiple, concurrent publication, (d) misappropriation of research results, (e) research errors and fraud, (f) violations of research standards, (g) undisclosed conflicts of interest, (h) reviewer bias or acts of harm out of competition by reviewers are serious.

Any complaint and appeal on editorial decisions, long procedural delays, and publication ethics is looked into by the Editor-in-Chief and/or the concerned Editor who had handled the manuscript. On receiving an appeal against a decision on rejection of a manuscript, the Editor-in-Chief or handling Editor considers the authors’ argument, the reviewer reports / Editorial Board comments, and decides whether (a) the appeal should be considered, or (b) the decision to reject should stand, or (c) another independent technical opinion of a subject-matter expert is required.

Authorship dispute arising during peer review or after acceptance / publication is considered to be a matter beyond the administrative scope of the Journal and are to be resolved by the authors. The journal reserves the right to terminate processing of such manuscript, or in case of a published article refer the matter to the organisation(s) to which the author(s) are affiliated for their viewpoint.

On receiving complaint about publication ethics, infringe in intellectual property rights, material inaccuracies or otherwise unlawful materials, the Editor-in-Chief in consultation with the handling Editor decides on a course of action. The investigation may require the parties involved to substantiate their claims, and the Journal will make a good faith determination whether to remove the allegedly wrongful material, and provide feedback to the complainant as per the Journal policies and guidelines. Any allegation of research misconduct or unethical behaviour shall be considered as per guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The complainant, if appropriate, is informed of the decision. Complaints about editorial content should be made to the Editor-in-Chief as soon as possible after publication.  JAEI Editorial Board considers appeals except when they are anonymous and not substantiated.

All legal matters will remain under the jurisdiction of the court of law, New Delhi, India.