About the Journal
Focus and Scope
The journal concerns itself with all aspects of materials science and engineering. Its coverage includes theoretical, computational and experimental studies. The variety of materials under consideration, contributes to the cooperation of scientists working in applied physics, chemistry, materials science and different fields of engineering. The journal welcomes papers on:
- Electronic and optical materials;
- Metals, alloys, coatings;
- Polymers and composites;
- Ceramics and glasses;
- Textile materials;
- Wood and paper;
- Biologically active materials;
- Smart materials;
- Testing and analysis of materials.
Peer Review Process and Plagiarism Policy
A submission to journal Materials Science must be the original work of the author(s) and must not be published elsewhere or under consideration for another publication in its submitted or a substantially similar form in any language. All contributions will be refereed. Every contribution submitted to The Materials Science=Medžiagotyra will be sent to two reviewers selected by the editors. Authors are welcome to suggest suitable independent reviewers and may also request the journal to exclude certain individuals or laboratories. The review process is blind and the authors are not informed about the reviewers.
The primary purpose of the review is to provide the editors with the information necessary to make a decision. The review should also instruct the authors on how to strengthen their paper up to the point where it should be acceptable. A negative review should explain to the authors the weaknesses of their manuscript, so that rejected authors are able to understand the basis for the decision and see, in broad terms, what needs to be done to improve the manuscript in order to be published anywhere. The editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts and to require revisions of contributions. Accepted for publication manuscripts should be corrected by the author taking into account experts' remarks, otherwise motivated author's refusal to correct his manuscript should be presented.
Plagiarism including copying text, ideas, figures, or data from another source, without giving any credit to the original source is not acceptable in the submission. Reuse of text that is copied from another source must be between quotes and the original source must be cited. All submitted articles are checked with duplication-checking software CrossRef. In case of the fact of plagiarism, the manuscript is rejected.
The journal is committed to ensuring ethics in publication and quality of articles. Conformance to standards of ethical behavior is therefore expected of all parties involved: Editors, Reviewers, and Authors. The editors of this journal 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.
Editors should evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit.
Editors’ decisions to accept or reject a paper for publication should be based on the paper’s importance, originality and clarity, and the study’s validity and its relevance to the journal.
Editors should ensure that material submitted to their journal remains confidential while under review.
Editors should ensure that appropriate reviewers are selected for review.
Editors should ensure that the journal employs a double-blind peer review. Reviewers are not aware of the identity of the authors and authors of the identity of reviewers.
Editors should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.
Editors maintain and promote the policy of screening for plagiarism.
Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents.
Reviews should be conducted objectively, observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments, so that authors could understand it and use them for improving the quality of the paper.
Reviewers should comment on the originality of submissions and should be alert to redundant publication and plagiarism.
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.
Reviewers assist the editors in taking the decision of publishing a submitted manuscript. By formulating suggestions to the authors, the reviewers can contribute to the improvement of submitted works.
Authors should ensure that their work is entirely original, not published before.
Authors should ensure that if the information is taken from other sources, it is clearly cited and all permissions are obtained. If the work of others has been used in paper, it must be appropriately acknowledged.
Authors understand that plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
Authors should ensure that the paper has not been previously published and it is not submitted for other journals.
Authors should ensure that all data presented in the paper is true.
The corresponding author should ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication.
Materials Science = Medžiagotyra is a quarter journal and one volume is published annually. The journal is published regularly at the end of each following month: March, June, September, December.
Open Access Policy
Materials Science – Medžiagotyra journal is published open access under the CC-BY 4.0 license which allows readers to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles. The journal provides open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
Materials Science – Medžiagotyra journal is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY 4.0) license.
The copyright for the articles in this journal is retained by the author(s) with the first publication right granted to the journal. The authors agree to the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 agreement under which the paper in the Journal is licensed.
The papers are abstracted and indexed by:
- Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), the Web of Science (WoS), the Materials Science Citation Index (MSCI), Neuroscience Citation Index, Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition: http://scientific.thomsonreuters.com/
- INSPEC: http://www.iee.org/Publish/INSPEC/
- Cambridge Scientific Abstracts: http://www.csa.com
- VINITI: http://www.viniti.ru
- Scopus: http://www.info.scopus.com
- EBSCO: http://ehis.ebscohost.com/eds/
- Directory of Open Journals: http://www.doaj.org/openurl?genre=journal&issn=13921320
- Index Copernicus International: https://journals.indexcopernicus.com
The journal is published by Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania) since 1995. Research institutions of other Baltic countries, Belarus, Ukraine, and Nordic countries contribute to the editorial as well as publishing activities. Abstracts of papers (published since 1997) as well as full-text articles (since 2002) are available on the website of the Kaunas University of Technology (,http://matsc.ktu.lt/index.php/MatSc/issue/archive).