About the Journal

DOI: https://doi.org/10.37868/hsd.about

Scope

Heritage and Sustainable Development (HSD), ISSN 2712-0554 (UDC 62), is an interdisciplinary open access single-blind review journal published online. HSD is an interdisciplinary journal which publishes original full-length research papers, short communication, technical reports, case studies, reviews and book reviews in the following areas including, but not limited to: conservation of cultural heritage, construction materials, building physics; energy; building services; smart buildings and internet of things (IoT);  building engineering; architecture; environmental management and bioinformatics; business management and entrepreneurial innovation; and sustainable development including economic, social and environmental aspects. With the aim of providing high quality of original materials, all papers are subject to initial appraisal by the Editors, and if suitable for further consideration, will be sent for single blind peer review. HSD is a cutting-edge content for key journal topics for researchers, academicians, students and professionals over the globe.

The goal of this journal is to provide knowledge sharing platform without any restriction to anyone over the Globe. Gold open access is encouragement for young researchers to link local knowledge to the global audience. Small businesses, schools and the other institutions as well as individuals from developing countries will have benefit of wider access to the research without any restriction. 

Peer Review Process

Heritage and Sustainable Development (HSD), ISSN 2712-0554 (UDC 62), applies single-blind peer-review. Reviewer selection for each submitted article is up to section editors, and reviewers are selected based on the previous experience, competence, and previous experience in reviewing papers for HSD journal. For an initial review, every submitted article is red by section editor at least. If the paper reaches minimum quality criteria, follows the scope and aims of the Journal, fulfills the Editorial policies, it is sent to two reviewers for evaluation. The reviewers evaluate the paper according to the Review guidelines set by editorial board members and return it to the section editors, who pass the reviewers' anonymous comments back to the author. Anonymity is strictly maintained.
The single-blind peer-review process is managed using this OJS software platform. Review Process has the following steps:

  1. Paper submission by author
  2. Editorial office checks whether the submission is prepared in accordance to Authr's guidelines.
  3. Editor-in-Chief checks whether the paper is appropriate for the journal and if not, paper will be rejected at this point. If the paper is appropriate for the journal it will be sent to review.
  4. Reviewers Invitation - at least two reviewers are invited to assess the paper (or more). At least two positive responses are required for the paper to be accepted.
  5. Response to invitations - reviewers accept or decline the invitation, base on their availability, expertise or conflict of interest.
  6. Conducting the review - once the reviewers accept the invitation, they have three weeks to conduct and complete the review and submit the comments to the editorial office, with a recommendation to accept, reject or request revisions (major or minor).
  7. Review evaluation by journal - all returned reviews are considered by editor before overall decision is made. In case the reviews differ widely, editor will invite additional reviewer before overall decision is made.
  8. Editor Decision - is sent to the author with reviewer's comments. If accepted the paper will be sent to production. If rejected the paper will be archived. If minor/major revision is required author will be instructed how to improve the paper. Once the revised paper is received, it will be sent to review again for verification (Round 2).

Publication Frequency and APC

Frequency of publication was twice per year 1st January - June; 2nd July - December.
Journal items can be published collectively, as part of an issue with its own Table of Contents. Alternatively, individual items can be published as soon as they are ready, by adding them to the "current" volume's Table of Contents.
Expected time to the first response is about four weeks, but time to publishing is between two and three months.

APC: Publishing in this journal is free of charge (no subission charges nor processing charges).

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge (all content of the journal is immediately available upon publication to the public). 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the National and University Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

Journal Ethics and Malpractice Statement

HSD journal is committed to ensure and uphold standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process, whereby such values also rely on editors, reviewers, contributors and authors who are expected to behave ethically. The standards are based on Committee on Publication Ethics' (COPE) code of conduct, and provide guidelines for best practices in order to meet these requirements. The following ethical guidelines are only intended to give a summary of our key expectations of editors, peer-reviewers, and authors but if you have any questions or concerns please also feel free to contact the Editor of the Journal.

1. Ethical Expectations

Editors' responsibilities

  • To carry out their duties in a fair, objective and consistent manner, without discrimination on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin of the authors.
  • To take care that each article undergoes the proper peer-review process.
  • To promote consistent ethical policies of HSD journal, and to ensure the confidentiality of the reviewing process.
  • To uphold integrity in their work as editors of the journal, doing away with any personal interest, so that articles are considered and accepted solely on their academic merit and without commercial influence.
  • To work with authors, reviewers, and the Editorial Board members to ensure the implementation of journals’ ethics and publishing policies.
  • To adopt and follow reasonable procedures in the event of complaints of an ethical or conflict nature, in accordance with the policies and procedures. To handle process of complaints and giving authors an opportunity to respond any complaints. All complaints should be investigated and the documentation associated with any such complaints should be retained.

Reviewers' responsibilities

  • To act objectively, fairly and in a timely manner in reviewing submitted manuscript with the aim of improving its quality such as pointing out relevant published work, which is not cited, etc.
  • To alert HSD in case of any competing interest that could affect the impartiality of their reviewing, or any potential conflict of interest that includes any relationship between reviewer and author, or any content that is substantially similar to that under review.
  • To conduct themselves fairly and impartially.
  • To keep the confidentiality of the review process and to not retain or copy the manuscript.

Authors' responsibilities

  • To ensure that their work submitted to the journal is original and authored by them and has not been previously published nor under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • To ensure that original ideas, data, findings and materials taken from other sources (including their own published writing) are properly documented and cited. Any content reproduced from other sources author should have permission.
  • To ensure that their data is their won, true and not manipulated. Thus, authors are responsible to maintain accurate records and to provide access to their data associated with their manuscript.
  • To ensure their work does not violate any rights of others, including privacy rights and intellectual property rights. In addition, authors should ensure that any studies involving human or animal subject are in accordance with local lows and requirements.
  • To declare any real or apparent conflicting or competing interest at any stage during the publication process that could be considered or viewed as exerting an undue influence on his/her duties.
  • To alert HSD in case if a significant error in their publication is identified and correct any errors prior or subsequent to publication of their work.
  • To adhere to all research ethics guidelines of their discipline, and to ensure that authorship and/or co-authorship of the paper was accurately represented.

HSD responsibilities

  • The journal and the publisher shall ensure that good practice is maintained to the standards outlined above.
  • To deal with research misconduct allegations appropriately when it is occurred. The journal and the publisher shall undertake reasonable actions to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred.
  • To maintain the editorial independence of journal editors.
  • To support journal editors in ethical and academic matters.
  • To ensure critical and objective assessment of all articles by reviewers and referees.
  • Keep an accurate and transparent record, including publishing corrections and retractions when necessary.

The following commonly recognized procedure for dealing with unethical behavior is adopted.

2. Procedures for Dealing with Unethical Behavior

Identification of unethical behavior

  • Misconduct and unethical behavior may be identified and brought to the attention of the editor and publisher at any time, by anyone.
  • Misconduct and unethical behavior may include, but need not be limited to, examples as outlined above.
  • For an investigation sufficient information and evidence should be provided. All allegations should be taken seriously and treated in the same way, until a successful decision or conclusion is reached.

Investigation

  • An initial decision should be taken by the editor, who should consult with or seek advice from the publisher, if appropriate.
  • Evidence should be gathered, while avoiding spreading any allegations beyond those who need to know.

Minor breaches

  • Minor misconduct might be dealt with without the need to consult more widely. In any event, the author should be given the opportunity to respond to any allegations.

Serious breaches

  • Serious misconduct might require that the employers of the accused be notified. The editor, in consultation with the publisher should make the decision whether or not to involve the employers, either by examining the available evidence themselves or by further consultation with a limited number of experts.

Outcomes (in increasing order of severity; may be applied separately or in conjunction)

  • Informing or educating the author or reviewer where there appears to be a misunderstanding or misapplication of acceptable standards.
  • A more strongly worded letter to the author or reviewer covering the misconduct and as a warning to future behavior.
  • Publication of a formal notice detailing the misconduct.
  • Publication of an editorial detailing the misconduct.
  • A formal letter to the head of the author’s or reviewer’s department or funding agency.
  • Formal retraction or withdrawal of a publication from the journal, in conjunction with informing the head of the author or reviewer’s department, Abstracting & Indexing services and the readership of the publication.
  • Imposition of a formal embargo on contributions from an individual for a defined period.
  • Reporting the case and outcome to a professional organization or higher authority for further investigation and action.

Originality and Plagiarism Policy

Authors by submitting their manuscripts to HSD journal declare that their work is original, authored by them and have not been previously published. Original ideas, data, findings and materials taken from other sources (including their own published writing) are properly documented and cited. Their work does not violate any rights of others, including privacy rights and intellectual property rights, their data is their own, true and not manipulated. Plagiarism in whole or in part without proper citation is not tolerated. Submitted manuscripts are checked for originality using anti-plagiarism software.

Copyright Notice & Self-archiving

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
This journal permits and encourages authors to post items/PDFs submitted to the journal on personal websites or institutional repositories after publication, while providing bibliographic details that credit its publication in this journal.