Editorial Policy



Contents

Interdisciplinary, composed of unpublished articles and notes that offer original scientific and technological contributions related to water and related fields.

Subject Matter

Interdisciplinary, related to water, with priority topics in the following knowledge areas:

  • Water and Energy
  • Water Quality
  • Hydro-agricultural sciences
  • Political and social sciences
  • Water management
  • Hydrology
  • Hydraulics

Types of contributions

Article: scientific document which for the first time, treat and communicates the results of a research or a successful innovation, which contributes to and increases the current knowledge related to hydric matter; 30 pages maximum.

Note: unpublished text which primarily treats advances in the field of hydraulic engineering and professional practices in water matter; 15 pages maximum.

Some works submitted for review as an article may be published as notes and vice versa. This would occur through a proposal and with mutual agreement between the authors and the editor responsible for each subject matter. Both works have virtually the same structure (abstract and key words, introduction, methodology, results, discussion, conclusions, references).

Review Process

The journal operates based on a rigorous review process which requires that each article to be analyzed separately by at least two reviewers, who recommend his accepation, his acceptance with minor changes, his acceptation with major changes, his rejection or acceptance as a note with the needed changes. The corresponding subject editor will issue the final decision based on these recommendations.

It will be looked for, that at least one of the reviewers will be from a foreign institution.

The reviewers can’t belong to the same institution as the authors who are proposing the article or note for publication.

When decisions are contradictory or inconsistent, the corresponding subject editor may make the final determination or apply for the intervention of other reviewers or any member(s) of the Editorial Council.

In the cases that merit it, the thematic editor may determine whether or not to approve an article or note based on the reviewers’ decisions in addition to his or her opinion as the corresponding subject editor, or that of the editor-in-chief.

All article or note that has been rejected by the review process won’t be admitted to a new review process. If the rejection is related by form (initial enter in OJS), the article may be referred to the journal, as it will be indicated in the communication with the authors.

In order to maintain the impartiality of the process, the review will be conducted with a “double blind” modality, such that neither the authors nor the reviewers know each others’ names.

All of the documents associated with the review process are classified as confidential, including the name of the reviewers and their decisions, in order to maintain the impartiality of the process, as the personal data in order to accomplish with the pertinent laws.

The review process is conducted by top-level specialists and experts who are nationally and internationally renowned in their professional fields, who can reliably and efficiently evaluate the quality of their original contributions, as the degree of scientific and technological innovation of the material submitted for possible publication.

This participation is considered to be a professional contribution, which is offered on an honorary or pro bono basis.

The reviewers are provided with a “Reviewer’s Guide” to use for their decision-making process.

Final Decision

The decision that is issued as a result of the review process cannot be appealed.

Authors

The journal publishes works by authors from all nationalities, presented in Spanish or English.

Once the work is accepted for publication, the authors must send the final version in both Spanish and English languages.

In order to promote the diversity of authors and their places of origin, the same author or co-author may not publish more than two works per year in the Water Technology and Sciences journal, with the exception of articles and notes published in special editions or special issues.

The initial list of authors cannot be modified. That is, once the journal receives a work (article or note), no authors may be added or eliminated.

Once the article or note is accepted for publication, the authors must sign an authorization to publish, in which they yield the copyrights exclusively to the Mexican Institute of Water Technology (Instituto Mexicano de Tecnología del Agua), owner of the Water Technology and Sciences (Tecnología y Ciencias del Agua) journal. This permission extends to the use of images and photographs that have been submitted to the journal, material which will be used only for promotion purposes of the publication or the articles themselves.

The journal does not accept works (articles and notes) that are divided into parts or that pretend to publish in parts. The above due that each work is independently reviewed, as usual by different experts on the subject, which implies the possibility
that some parts being approved while others are not, which consequence would result in publishing an incomplete work.

Authors’ Responsibilities

The work proposal involves a commitment for the author or authors to not simultaneously submit it to other publications for their consideration. If an article or note is submitted to another media for its possible publication, the authors commit to inform the Editorial Department, which will suspend the review process and will advise the Editorial Council about the author’s’ decision; the process will also be suspended if the Water Technology and Sciences journal identifies and corroborates that this type of situation has occurred.

The authors are responsible for the contents, originality, and authenticity of their articles and notes.

The authors are responsible for the quality of the Spanish and English language that they use. The work will be rejected if the writing is deficient. The Water Technology and Sciences journal is only responsible for editing the manuscript.

The authors are committed to make the changes that are indicated by the thematic editor within the time indicated. Otherwise, the article or note will be withdrawn from the review process and will be classified as rejected.

The authors shall promptly respond to the questions and proposals presented by the editor and the editorial department.

The authors will have to approve the final proofs of their texts.

The journal’s authors agree to participate in the Water Technology and Sciences group of reviewers, and accept the responsibility which that entails.

The authors must submit their articles or notes in accordance with the “Guide for Contributors.”

The percentage of self-citations in an article may not exceed 20%.

After receiving an acceptance letter with changes indicated, if the authors do not submit the corrected version within two months, their work will be withdrawn and will be required to go through the review process once again.

After receiving a final acceptance letter with a publication date, if the authors do not submit the final version within one month, their work will be withdrawn and will be required to go through the review process once again.

Receipt of work

The receipt of articles and notes is permanent.

Periodicity

Bi-monthly (every two months)

There will be an “accepted and approved” Word format of the articles and notes that have been approved for online publication, without expectation of constituting a complete issue. The preprint version may undergo changes when released in the formal issue.

Special editions and special issues

The Water Technology and Sciences journal may publish special issues related to water resources on its own or in collaboration with other renowned journals, professional associations, or publishing houses. In this case, all of the work must undergo the review process established by this Publishing Policy.

The Water Technology and Sciences journal may also publish articles by invitation, in recognition of the professional careers of prominent researchers.

In both cases, the quality of the technical contents and scientific contributions will be reviewed.

The special issues will be published independently of regular issues.

Archives

The Water Technology and Sciences journal provides a digital version of the published material which can be accessed at no cost, including the journals that preceded it: Irrigación en México; Ingeniería hidráulica en México, first period; Recursos hidráulicos; and Ingeniería hidráulica en México, second period.

Code of Ethics

The Water Technology and Sciences journal operates based on principles of impartiality, objectivity, and honesty, and its Code of Ethics applies to editors, reviewers, and authors and is based on the Committee on Publications Ethics (COPE). The complete version can be found at: Code of ethics

Access

Access to all of the articles and notes is free. There is no fee for publishing them.