Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

VOCATECH: Vocational Education and Technology Journal is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. Its main aim is to facilitate development of scientific knowledge and innovation in the field of Vocational Studies. VOCATECH journal accepts paper submissions in the field of Vocational Studies, innovation in technology, and various subfields of vocational studies. Submitted writing should normally range from 3,000 to 6,000 words, although up to 7000 words will be accepted under exceptional circumstances. Starting from September 20202, Vol 1, Edition 2, the words should range from 4000 - 6000 words. Book reviews should be between 1,000 to 2,500 words. Submissions based on research are highly valued as researches in Vocational Studies have provided huge insights and enrichments toward the development of vocational studies. Focused topics of interest of VOCATEHC Journal are:

1. Vocational Studies
2. Civil Engineering
3. Electrical Engineering
4. Mechanical Engineering
5. Classroom Instruction in Vocational Context
6. English for Vocation Purposes
7. Innovation in Vocational Education

 

Section Policies

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Double-Blind Peer Review

All submitted manuscripts will be initially screened whether the manuscript has followed the journal scope and author guidelines. If the manuscript does not meet the selection criteria, the manuscript will be rejected, the editor will send it back to the author. The authors are allowed to resend it to the journal after revising it according to the journal's selection criteria.

All submitted manuscript that meets the selection criteria will be screened using Turnitin for plagiarism checking before being sent to reviewers. Manuscript exceeding 25% similarity in a plagiarism check will be automatically rejected.

The journal employs a Double-blind peer-review mechanism where each submitted article should be anonymously reviewed by two reviewers appointed by the editor.  The review process takes time about 3 - 4 weeks after the manuscript received by the reviewer, and the editor is responsible for the process.

The manuscript will go through Editorial Review afterward to check the quality of revision according to the reviewers' comments. This process usually takes up 2 weeks.

The editorial decision would be based on the advice from the reviewers and the quality of the revision. It could categorize into: (1) Acceptable for publication without changes; (2) Acceptable for publications after minor revisions; (3) Acceptable for publication after major revisions; (4) Not acceptable for publication, but author(s) should be encouraged to resubmit; and (5) Reject.

 

Publication Frequency

Vocatech is scheduled for publication two times a year, in April and October. 

Each volume contains eight research and review articles, written in Indonesian or English.

 

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.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes 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...

 

Author Fee

Vocatech Journal DOES NOT CHARGE fees for any submission, article processing (APCs), and publication of the selected reviewed manuscripts. Journal subscription is also open to any individual or institution without any subscription charges.

All published manuscripts will be available for viewing and download from the journal portal for free.

 

Publication Ethics

Vocatech uses a publication ethics statement based on the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) guidelines in order to take all possible measures against malpractice and ensure best practices in publication ethics. This statement clarifies the 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 reviewers.

Duties of Editors
Accountability
The editor of Vocatech is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The validation of the work in question and its importance to researchers and readers must always drive such decisions. The editors may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editors may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Fair play
An editor at any time evaluates manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Confidentiality
The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.


Duties of Reviewers
Contribution to Editorial Decisions
Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.

Promptness
Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.

Confidentiality
Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of Objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgment of Sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.


Duties of Authors
Reporting standards
Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Originality and Plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication
An author should not, in general, publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgment of Sources
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the Paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.