Computation — Instructions for Authors
Please first read the section 'Aims & Scope' to have an overview, and to assess if your manuscript is suitable for this journal.
- Manuscript Preparation
- Authorship and Authors Contributions
- Peer-Review and Editorial Procedure
- Review / Referees
- English Corrections
- MDPI Publication Ethics Statement
- Supplementary Material
For research articles with more than one author, authors are asked to prepare a short, one paragraph statement giving the individual contribution of each co-author to the reported research and writing of the paper. The paragraph should be titled "Author Contributions" and placed in the paper after the "Acknowledgment" section and before the "Conflicts of Interest" statement.
Only major contributors should be listed as authors. Those with small or technical contributions can be mentioned in the Acknowledgment section. Authors themselves are responsible for the correct identification and attribution of authorship. According to the COPE standard, to which this journal adheres, "all authors should agree to be listed and should approve the submitted and accepted versions of the publication. Any change to the author list should be approved by all authors including any who have been removed from the list. The corresponding author should act as a point of contact between the editor and the other authors and should keep co-authors informed and involve them in major decisions about the publication (e.g. responding to reviewers’ comments)." 
- Wager, E.; Kleinert, S. Responsible research publication: international standards for authors. A position statement developed at the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity, Singapore, July 22-24, 2010. In Promoting Research Integrity in a Global Environment; Mayer, T., Steneck, N., eds.; Imperial College Press / World Scientific Publishing: Singapore; Chapter 50, pp. 309-16.
All submitted manuscripts are received by the Editorial Office. The in-house Managing Editor will perform a preliminary check of the manuscript to assess if: it suits the scope of the journal, whether it is properly prepared, and whether the manuscript follows the ethical policies of the journal. In case of doubt, the Managing Editor may consult with the journals’ Editor-in-Chief or an Editorial Board member. Manuscripts that do not fit the journal or are not in line with our ethical policy may be rejected before peer-review. Manuscripts that are not properly prepared will be returned to the authors for revision and resubmission.
Once a manuscript passes the initial check, it will be assigned to several independent experts for peer-review. A single-blind peer-review process is applied, where authors names are revealed to reviewers. Experts may include past and present Editorial Board members and Guest Editors of the journal. However, we also actively seek other experts, which are identified during literature searches. Potential referees suggested by the authors are also carefully considered. As a general rule, referees should not have published with one or more of the co-authors during the past five years and should not currently work or collaborate with one of the institutes of the co-authors of the manuscript under consideration. At least two expert opinions will be collected for each manuscript.
Revisions and Editorial Decision
Based on the comments from the outside referees, the Editorial Office will usually ask the authors for minor or major revisions. If the comments are either very positive or very negative, the Editorial Office may directly ask the academic editor (usually the Editor-in-Chief or a Guest Editor) for a decision. Otherwise, the manuscript will be sent back to the authors for minor or major revisions. In case of minor revisions, the Editorial Office will ask the academic editor for a final decision on the revised version of the manuscript. In case of major revisions, the manuscript will usually be sent back to one or more of the outside referees before sending the paper to the academic editor for a decision. We allow a maximum of two rounds of major revisions.
Authors may appeal editorial decisions by sending an e-mail to the Editorial Office of the journal. The Managing Editor of the journal will forward the manuscript and relating information (including the identities of the referees) to an appropriate Editorial Board member of the journal. If no appropriate Editorial Board member is available, the editor will identify a suitable external scientist. The Editorial Board member may judge the paper by himself or request additional expert opinions to judge the manuscript. The Editorial Board member will be asked to give an advisory recommendation on the manuscript. If the manuscript is rejected based on the Editorial Board member review, the decision will be final and cannot be revoked.
Production and Publication
Once accepted, a manuscript will undergo our standard production procedure. This entails professional copy-editing of the paper, English editing, proofreading by the authors, final corrections, pagination and publication on the www.mdpi.com website.
During the submission process, authors can suggest potential referees with the appropriate expertise to review the manuscript. The editors will not necessarily approach these referees. Please provide as detailed contact information as possible (address, homepage, phone, e-mail address). The proposed referees should be experts in the field who can provide an objective report—they should not be current collaborators of the co-authors nor have published with any of the co-authors of the manuscript within the last 5 years. Proposed referees should be from different institutions to the authors. You may identify appropriate Editorial Board members of the journal as potential referees. Another possibility is to select referees from among the authors that you frequently cite in your paper.
This journal is published in English, so it is essential that for proper refereeing and quick publication all manuscripts are submitted in grammatically correct English. If you are not a native English speaker, we strongly recommend that you have your manuscript professionally edited before submission or read by a native English-speaking colleague. Professional editing will mean that reviewers are better able to read and assess your manuscript. An additional fee of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be paid by authors if extensive English corrections must be done by the Editorial Office. For additional information see the English Editing Guidelines for Authors.
Computation is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The editors of this journal take the responsibility to enforce a rigorous peer-review process together with strict ethical policies and standards to ensure to add high quality scientific works to the field of scholarly publication. Unfortunately, cases of plagiarism, data falsification, image manipulation, inappropriate authorship credit, and the like, do arise. The editors of Computation take such publishing ethics issues very seriously and are trained to proceed in such cases with a zero tolerance policy.
Authors wishing to publish their papers in Computation are asked to abide to the following rules:
- Authorship and authors' contributions to the paper need to be fully and accurately disclosed.
- Any facts that might be perceived as a possible conflict of interest of the author(s) need to be disclosed in the paper prior to submission.
- All funding of the research needs to be precisely disclosed.
- Authors should accurately present their research findings and include an objective discussion of the significance of their findings.
- Data and methods used in the research need to be presented in sufficient detail in the paper, so that other researchers can replicate the work.
- Raw data should preferably be publicly deposited by the authors before submission of their manuscript. At least, authors need to have the raw data readily available for presentation to the referees and the editors of the journal, if requested. Authors need to ensure appropriate measures are taken so that raw data is retained in full for a reasonable time after publication.
- Plagiarism, data fabrication and image manipulation are not tolerated. Simultaneous submission of manuscripts to more than one journal is not tolerated.
- Republishing content that is not novel is not tolerated (for instance, an English translation of a paper that is already published in another language is not tolerated).
- If errors and inaccuracies are found by the authors after publication of their paper, those need to be promptly communicated to the editors of this journal, so that editors can issue a correction, amendment or retraction of the paper.
In order to maintain the integrity, transparency and reproducibility of research records, authors are strongly encouraged to make their experimental and research data openly available either by depositing into data repositories or by publishing the data and files as supplementary information in this journal. Supplementary data and files can be uploaded as "Supplementary Files" during the manuscript submission process. The supplementary files will be offered to the referees as part of the peer-review process, although referees are not specifically asked to review supplementary files. Accepted file formats include (but are not limited to):
- data tables and spreadsheets (text files, MS Excel, OpenOffice, CSV, XML, etc.)
- text documents (text files, PDF, MS Word, OpenOffice, etc.; text documents will be preferably converted to PDF files for the publication)
- images (JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, etc.)
- videos (AVI, MPG, QuickTime, etc.)
- executables (EXE, Java, etc.)
- software source code
Large data sets and files should be deposited to specialized service providers (such as Figshare) or institutional/subject repositories, preferably those that use the DataCite mechanism. For a list of specialized repositories for the deposit of scientific and experimental data, please consult databib.org or re3data.org. The data repository name, link to the data set (URL) and accession number, doi or handle number of the data set must be provided in the paper. The journal Data (ISSN 2306-5729) is also accepting submissions of data set papers, and the publication of small data sets and/or software source code along with the paper is encouraged.