Editorial Policies

Aim and Scope

Journal of Sustainable Engineering is a peer-reviewed and open-access international journal published scientific reviews and articles in the area of engineering sustainability.

The journal is an important resource and forum for researchers in sustainable engineering across disciplines - chemistry, physics, biology, materials, and engineering to solve issues related to sustainable energy and resources. The three main scopes are below.

  • Sustainable Environment (including: green manufacturing and biofuels/metabolics, membranes, water and wastewater management, pollution abatements, carbon capture, renewable, environmental modeling, management and natural resources recovery)
  • Sustainable Materials (including new materials, characterization and fundamental studies in material, materials synthesis and processing, material for energy storage, material development, biomaterials, fuel cells, solar powered device)
  • Sustainable Energy and Technology (including, renewable energy, technology innovation, technology development, industrial and manufacturing engineering, batteries, thermoelectrics, electrocatalysis & photocatalysis, energy systems and networks, technology of energy conversion, globally applicable principles of energy policy, techno-economics analysis)

Section Policy

Original Research Article

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Article Review

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Editorial Workflow

The entire editorial workflow is performed using the Open Journal System (OJS). It gives the Editors the authority to reject any manuscript because of the inappropriateness of its subject, lack of quality, out of scope or incorrectness of its results. The Editor cannot assign him/herself as an external reviewer of the manuscript. However, the editors can add discussion room with authors if needed to give recommendations for manuscript quality improvement before it is sent to the external reviewers. This is to ensure a high-quality, fair, and unbiased peer-review process of every manuscript submitted to the journal. Every manuscript must be recommended at least by two or more external reviewers along with the Editor assigned. The editorial workflow treated to the manuscript submitted during the peer-review process is described as follows.

  1. Articles submitted to Journal of Sustainable Engineering will be peer-reviewed. Journal of Sustainable Engineering employed a Double-Blind Peer-Review process to ensure no conflict of interest between reviewers and authors. The process also aimed to maintain the quality of the assigned article’s assessment. This statement is based on COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers.
  2. One editor takes each article through from start to finish. The editor determines whether the manuscript fits the journal’s focus and scope. Next, a check for the similarity rate is done using Turnitin. Any manuscripts out of the journal’s scope or containing plagiarism, including self-plagiarism, will be rejected.
  3. The editors assess all of the newly submitted article manuscripts within 3-5 days. The manuscripts may be returned to authors prior to review, if judged to be out of scope, does not follow the guidance or not sufficiently prepared for the high standard of publication.
  4. The article manuscript potentially suitable for publication in Journal of Sustainable Engineering will be sent to peer review. The manuscript will be peer-reviewed by at least two experts in the field. The reviewers will then submit their reports on the manuscripts after 2-4 weeks along with their recommendation of one of the following actions to the Editor:
    1. Accept Submission;
    2. Revisions Required;
    3. Resubmit for Review;
    4. Resubmit Elsewhere;
    5. Decline Submission;
    6. See comments.
  1. Usually, the final result of the manuscript paper review is sent to the authors within 4-5 working days. If a revision is necessary, the author is asked to re-submit the revised manuscript incorporating the suggestions and recommendations of the peer-reviewers.
  2. To facilitate rapid publication, authors are given a maximum of 2-4 weeks for revision from the date of notice. Journal system will send reminders every week to the author. After four weeks, revised manuscripts will normally be considered new submissions.
  3. Manuscripts accepted for publication will be sent to copyediting. Copyediting does the editing process to improve grammar and clarity of writing, works with Author to ensure everything is in place and ensures compliance in journal bibliography and textual style, and produces edited copies to be sent to the Layout Editor. Layout Editors perform a layout process to be converted into a "galley" file in PDF.
  4. Before being sent to the publication section, the manuscript will be proof-read. Typographic and format errors will be corrected by the layout editor. Finally, the text will be sent to the Publication Editor to determine the publication schedule, update the page on the website, and update the metadata from the final text.

Peer Review Process

All manuscripts submitted to the journal will be reviewed by at least 2 (two) or more expert reviewers with the "Double-Blind Review" system. The reviewers give scientific valuable comments improving the contents of the manuscript. The decision acceptance for publication, amendment, or rejection will be made by Editors according to reviewers' comments, or recommendations. In certain cases, if needed, the editor may send the article to another reviewer for additional review (the third reviewer), before making a decision. Publication of accepted articles including the sequence of published articles will be made by the Editor in Chief by considering the sequence of accepted dates and geographical distribution of authors as well as thematic issue.

Journal of Sustainable Engineering received more submissions than it could issue. Editors can reject manuscripts without a peer-review if the manuscript is judged not to meet the minimum required journal standard. All manuscripts submitted to the journal must follow the journal’s focus and scope, and author guidelines. The submitted manuscripts must address scientific merit or novelty appropriate to the focus and scope. All manuscripts must be free from plagiarism contents. All authors are suggested to use plagiarism detection software to do the similarity checking. Editors check the plagiarism detection of articles in the journal by using Turnitin software. To be published in Journal of Sustainable Engineering, a paper should meet four (4) general criteria:

  1. Provides strong evidence for its conclusions.
  2. Novelty (we do not consider meeting report abstracts and preprints on community servers to compromise novelty).
  3. Of extreme importance to scientists in the specific field.
  4. Ideally, interesting to researchers in other related disciplines.

In general, to be acceptable, a manuscript paper should represent an advance in understanding likely to influence thinking in the field. There should be a discernible reason why the work deserves the visibility of publication in a Journal of Sustainable Engineering rather than the best of the specialist journals. The reviewers will then submit their reports on the manuscripts along with their recommendation of one of the following actions to the Editor:

  1. Accept Submission;
  2. Revisions Required;
  3. Resubmit for Review;
  4. Resubmit Elsewhere;
  5. Decline Submission;
  6. See comments.

Publication Frequency

Journal of Sustainable Engineering Publish in March and September

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.

Publication Ethics

Ethical Guideline for Journal Publication

This statement clarifies ethical behavior of all parties involved in the act of publishing an article in this journal, including the author, the chief editor, the editorial board, the peer-reviewer and the publisher (LITPAM). This statement is based on COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. 

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Duties of Editors

The editor of a journal holds a vital position taking important editorial decisions on all peer-reviewed submitted for publication. The editor should be:

  • 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, etc.
  • Take care that each article undergoes the proper and fair peer-review process.
  • Promote consistent ethical policies of the JSE, and to ensure the confidentiality of the reviewing process.
  • Uphold integrity in their work, doing away with any personal interest, so that articles are considered and accepted solely on their academic merit and without commercial influence.
  • Work with authors, reviewers, and the Editorial Board members to ensure the implementation of journals’ ethics and publishing policies.
  • 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 always give authors an opportunity to respond to any complaint.
  • Investigate all complaints, to retain associated documentation and to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

Duties of Authors

The authors that send their manuscript to the Journal of Sustainable Engineering are responsible to:

  • Ensure that each author listed on the byline have significant scientific contribution to the work, and to identify which individuals/organizations are qualified for contributorship/acknowledgment (including information about financial support for the research).
  • Ensure that their work is original and authored by them and has not been previously published nor under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • 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.
  • Ensure that their data are 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.
  • 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 subjects are in accordance with local laws and requirements.
  • Ensure that list of references is provided in IEEE referencing style, and each reference must include the doi link.
  • 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.
  • Alert JSE in case if a significant error in their publication is identified and provide retraction or correction of any mistake prior or subsequent to publication of their work.
  • Adhere to all research ethics guidelines of their discipline, and to ensure that authorship and/or contributorship of the paper was accurately represented.

Duties of Reviewers

The reviewer assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author. The reviewers are responsible 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.
  • Alert the journal 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.
  • Conduct themselves fairly and impartially.
  • Keep the articles and the review process confidentially and to not retain or copy the manuscripts.

Journal of Sustainable Engineering responsibilities

Journal of Sustainable Engineering and LITPAM as publisher are responsible to:

  • Ensure that good practice is maintained to the outlined standards.
  • Deal with research misconduct allegations appropriately when occurred.
  • Maintain the editorial independence of the journal editors.
  • Support journal editors in ethical and academic matters.
  • Ensure critical and objective assessment by reviewers and editors.
  • Keep an accurate and transparent record, including publishing corrections and retractions when necessary.


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Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. 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.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

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Anti-Plagiarism Policy

Articles are not the result of the plagiarism of other people's articles. Plagiarism screening will be conducted by Editorial Board using Turnitin® Plagiarism Checker.

Internal Policy

Editors, Peer-reviewers, and Proofreaders from Journal of Sustainable Engineering are permitted to submit articles in this journal with the following conditions:

  1. The Editor and Peer-reviewers of Journal of Sustainable Engineering who submit articles to this journal will be released temporarily from the editorial process (especially in their manuscripts) starting from when they submit the article. This policy is included in the decision to publish articles (accepted without revisions, accepted with minor revisions, accepted with major revisions, or rejected) at least 1 issue/number.
  2. The Editor and Peer-reviewers of Journal of Sustainable Engineering who submit articles are not permitted to interfere in the editorial process of the edition/number when the article is sent to Journal of Sustainable Engineering.
  3. Every editorial process will be carried out by another Editor, Peer-reviewer so that the process continues without problems.
  4. There is no special treatment for the Editor and Peer-reviewers of Journal of Sustainable Engineering who submit articles to Empiricism Journal.

Journal Scientific Statement

Articles published in Journal of Sustainable Engineering are proven scientifically following the ethical code of scientific publications. The code of ethics itself upholds three ethical values in publications, namely, (1) Neutrality (free from conflicts of interest in managing publications); (2) Justice (giving authorship rights to the recipient as a writer); and (3) Honesty (free from duplication, forgery, forgery, and plagiarism) in publications. Published articles also follow certain procedures or orders, such as double-blind reviews and revision processes that are consistent with regular journal reviews, to ensure that the quality is well maintained.

Reference Management Softwere

All articles sent to Journal of Sustainable Engineering must use reference management software (e.g., Mendeley, EndNote, and Zotero) with IEEE style quote.


Articles published in the Journal of Sustainable Engineering are permanently stored in full text in CLOCKSS, LOCKSS. Complete full-text archives are permanently available at the Journal's website www.litpam.org.