Publishing Ethics

All parties [author(s), journal editors, peer reviewers, publisher (ISAE)] involved in publications are expected to follow and practice the publication ethics. This includes all parties treating each other with respect, dignity; and without discrimination, harassment, bullying or retaliation. The journal is committed to maintain the highest level of integrity in the publishing process. The Journal adopts policies and procedures to support editors, reviewers and authors in performing their ethical duties under the set guidelines.


An editor shall ensure that the peer review process is unbiased, timely, and of high technical quality; and also maintain technical standards of high order for the manuscripts that are recommended for publication. Research articles must typically be reviewed by at least two external and independent reviewers, and where necessary the editor may seek the opinions of additional reviewers. The editor shall select reviewers who have expertise in the relevant technical field, taking into account the need for appropriate, inclusive and diverse representation. The editor shall ensure that no fraudulent peer reviewers are selected. The editor shall review all disclosures of potential conflicts of interest and suggestions for self-citation made by the reviewers in order to determine whether there is any potential for bias. The editor must protect the confidentiality of all material submitted to the journal and all communications with reviewers.


All manuscripts received for review are treated as confidential documents. Reviewers must not share the review or information about the manuscript with anyone or directly contact the author(s). Reviews should be conducted objectively. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments and references, if necessary.  Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate and must be avoided. Reviewers should declare any potential competing interests, and should decline to review manuscripts with which they believe to have competing interests resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the manuscripts. Unpublished contents disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer’s own research without the written consent of the author(s). Information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. A reviewer should bring potential ethical issues in a manuscript to the attention of the editor, including any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration, and any other published document(s) of which the reviewer has personal knowledge. Reviewers are required to send confidential comments on a manuscript to the editor.


Authors of a manuscript should present original research, an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Authors are responsible for the truth and accuracy of their data. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the manuscript. A manuscript should contain sufficient details and references to permit others to replicate the work if required. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable. The authors should also ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the work and/or statements of others that have been appropriately cited or quoted should satisfy the existing laws on plagiarism. Statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. Excessive and inappropriate self-citations or coordinated efforts among several authors to collectively self-cite is strongly discouraged. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical behaviour and is unacceptable.

An author should not publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal of primary publication. The submitted work should be original and should not have been published elsewhere in any form or language (partially or in full), unless the new work concerns an expansion of previous work. A single study should not be unduly split up into several independent parts to increase the number of submissions and submitted to various publishers or to one publisher over time. Concurrent submission, or before a decision is communicated by the first journal, of one manuscript to more than one journal constitutes unethical behaviour and is unacceptable. An author should also not submit to the journal a manuscript that has been published previously, except the contents of an academic thesis or as an electronic preprint. If a similar or the same manuscript is found published elsewhere in any form, the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE), the publisher of the Journal of Agricultural Engineering (India), is free to lodge a complaint to that publisher(s) and institution(s)/organization(s) authors belong to.

Authorship should be limited to those who have (i) made a significant contribution to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data; or the creation of new software/ model used in the work; or have drafted the work or substantively revised it; (ii) approved the submitted version (and any substantially modified version that involves the author's contribution to the study);  and (iii) agreed to be personally accountable for their own contributions and for ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work, even ones in which the author was not personally involved, are appropriately investigated, resolved, and documented in the literature. All those who have made substantial contributions should be listed as co-authors. Those who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the manuscript (e.g., language editing, etc.) should be recognised in the acknowledgements section. Each individual author is accountable for ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved. For transparency, authors are encouraged to submit an author statement outlining their individual contributions to the paper using the relevant CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy) roles: Conceptualization; Data curation; Formal analysis; Funding acquisition; Investigation; Methodology; Project administration; Resources; Software; Supervision; Validation; Visualization; Roles/Writing - original draft; Writing - review & editing.  The submitting author is responsible for providing the contributions of all authors at submission. .Adding or deleting authors during the any stage of processing by the Editorial Board is not permitted unless acceptable reasons for the proposed changes and an undertaking from all previous and proposed authors are submitted to the Editor-in-Chief and handling Editor. After acceptance of a manuscript, no changes in authorship can be made.

The corresponding author should ensure that all co-authors have agreed all of the contents, including the author list and author contribution statements, and approved the submitted version of the manuscript, there is no conflict of interest, and the authors have agreed to its submission for publication. After acceptance, the corresponding author is responsible for the accuracy of all content in the proof, including the names of co-authors, addresses and affiliations. After publication, the corresponding author is the point of contact for queries about the published paper. It is his responsibility to inform all co-authors of any matters arising in relation to the published paper and to ensure such matters are dealt with promptly.

Authors have obligation to correct any misreporting once they discover the same during processing of the manuscript, and post-publication. In such a case, author(s) should immediately write to the Editor-in-Chief and explain in what way the error is impacting the manuscript. A decision on how to correct the manuscript (Erratum, Corrigendum, including retraction) will depend on the nature of the error. Minor corrections like spelling mistakes or grammatical errors which do not alter the understanding of the paper will not be corrected. An Errata will be published only when mistakes are recognized in the published article which went unnoticed during editing and layout setting in figures, tables, etc. Corrigenda will be published when authors realise that errors in the published article could affect the validity of the scientific content, or its accuracy. If a reader detects an error in a published article, he can submit the same as a letter to the editor. The author, editor and a reviewer would then assess the validity of the error pointed out. Corrigenda will then be published with reference to the letter and the answers provided by the author(s). Retractions are issued if there is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, have previously been published elsewhere without proper referencing, permission or justification, work is plagiarized and the work reports unethical research.

While submitting a manuscript to the Journal of Agricultural Engineering (India), the authors will give an undertaking for maintaining transparency and integrity and practicing publishing ethics by submitting the “Journal Publishing Agreement Form” and certifying the following:

  • The contents of the manuscript have not been published anywhere till date. The authors have neither submitted nor shall be submitting the same anywhere else for publication till a decision on its publication is communicated by the Journal of Agricultural Engineering (India). All authors have agreed to the version of the manuscript submitted to the JAEI.
  • The data and results embodied in the manuscript are from an original research work of the author(s).
  • The author(s) have satisfied themselves that the full contents of the manuscript including text, data in any form in text/ table/ graph, photograph, illustration/ figure, or in any other form do not attract plagiarism, including text-recycling, or self-plagiarism regulations.
  • The authors undertake full responsibility for the data/ statements/opinions contained in the manuscript. The publisher of the journal and its officials are fully absolved of the same by the authors.
  • Due mention of the organisation(s) where the research work was undertaken has been made and funding obtained are duly acknowledged.
  • There is no conflict of interest on the manuscript. Competing interest in disclosure of the research work has been considered by the authors.
  • Authors agree to inform during submission on any preprint submission of the manuscript, and also ensure that the preprint record is later updated with a DOI and a URL link to the Version of Record, if their manuscript is accepted and published in the Journal of Agricultural Engineering (India).
  • The revision(s) as per comments by reviewers/editors will be carried out in a time-bound manner, and the manuscript will not be withdrawn during the course of review/processing without written permission of the Editorial Board.
  • Upon acceptance of the manuscript for publication in the Journal of Agricultural Engineering (India), authors shall transfer all copyrights in and to the manuscript in all forms and media to the publisher- the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE). The authors, however, reserve all proprietary rights (as patent right), other than copyrights.


Preprint policy

A ‘preprint’ is an early version of a manuscript, created prior to the version accepted for publication. JAEI editorial guidelines require that the contents of a manuscript submitted to the journal has not been previously published in any form, or be under simultaneous review for publication, in part or in whole by any other journal. However, deposition of a preprint in any recognised platform shall not be viewed as a prior publication. The authors are required to include details of a preprint posting, including DOI or other persistent identifier, while submitting their manuscript. Upon receipt of acceptance of a manuscript for publication in the JAEI, the corresponding author must agree to the terms of the relevant publishing agreement. After the final version of the work is published in the JAEI, the preprint shall be immediately linked with the published version (the ‘Version of Record’) by the corresponding author(s) Once the manuscript is accepted for publication, authors are required to update the preprint to acknowledge that the article has been accepted for publication as follows:

This article with due revisions has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Agricultural Engineering (India), published by the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE).”

After publication, the authors are required to immediately add the following text to their preprint to encourage others to read and cite the published version of their article:

This is an original version of manuscript of an article, and subsequently published by the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE) in the Journal of Agricultural Engineering (India) on [date of publication], available online:  with [Article DOI].”