Our Policies

Open Access Policy

In accordance with the BOAI definition of open access an initiative was taken in 2001 which aims to provide the public with unrestricted and free access to scholarly research. In general, open access stands for the free and permanent access to published research followed by clear guidelines for readers to share and use the content.

Energy, Environment and Health Conservation (EEHC) is identified as an open access journal which means all the articles are freely available to read, download and share.

We follow ethical publishing guidelines defined by Directory of Open Access (DOAJ) and Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) all the articles in EEHC are open access, freely available, published and distributed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.. As per the open access policy, all the scientific content published is accessible without any restriction or charges by readers. In order to support open access initiative, APC is imposed for manuscript submission instead of charging any fee to the users to read the published content.

We do not imply any submission charges but applies only processing charges. The readers from the world are allowed unrestricted access to full articles. By allowing articles access open the citations can be increased which impact its importance in the scientific literature.


Copyright & Licensing Policy

Copyright of all the articles published with Energy, Environment & Health Conservation Journal (EEHC) is confined by the author(s). Journal do not claim any article as their own.

If the authors are willing to grant any third party the right to use the article in any form, maintaining its integrity and its original author(s), citation details, the original publisher should be identified.

Publishing Rights

EEHC Journal allows its author(s) to retain publishing rights without restrictions. Authors grant EEHC a license to publish the article and identify itself as the original publisher.

The copyright form can be downloaded here (link to copyright form)

This form duly completed and signed should be submitted online while submitting the manuscript.


Authors are allowed to archive their articles in open access repositories as “pre-prints.”


Licensing Policy

As an open-access journal EEHC Journal follows the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License which states that:

You are free to:

Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format.

Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.

Under the following terms:

Attribution— You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

No additional restrictions— You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.


Conflict of Interest Policy

A Declaration of Conflicting Interests policy refers to a formal policy a journal may have to require a conflict of interest statement or conflict of interest disclosure from a submitting or publishing author.

‘Conflicts of interest arise when authors, reviewers, or editors have interests that are not fully apparent and that may influence their judgments on what is published. They have been described as those which, when revealed later, would make a reasonable reader feel misled or deceived.’


To ensure that the review process is free of conflicts:

  • Editors should select a guest editor when there is a conflict of interest with respect to an author. Editors should ensure that reviewers are free of conflict of interest with respect to an author.
  • Reviewers should contact the editorial office to declare any potential conflicts of interest in advance of refereeing an article.

Minor conflicts do not disqualify a reviewer from reporting on an article but will be taken into account when considering the referees’ recommendations.


All authors and co-authors are required to disclose any potential conflict of interest when submitting their article (e.g. employment, consulting fees, research contracts, stock ownership, patent licenses, advisory affiliations, etc.). If the article is subsequently accepted for publication, this information should be included in the end section.


Editors should not make any editorial decisions or get involved in the editorial process if they have any COI (financial or otherwise) for a submitted manuscript.

An editor may have COI if a manuscript is submitted from their own academic department or from their institution in such situations; they should have explicit policies for managing it.

When editors submit their own work to their journal, a colleague in the editorial office should manage the manuscript and the editor/author should recuse himself or herself from discussion and decisions about it.


Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

EEHC’s Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement is based, in large part, on the guidelines and standards developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The relevant duties and expectations of authors, reviewers, and editors of the journal are set out below.

It includes:

  1. Allegations of misconduct

Journals should have a clearly described process for handling allegations, however, they are brought to the journal’s or publisher’s attention. Journals must take seriously allegations of misconduct pre-publication and post-publication. Policies should include how to handle allegations from whistleblowers.


Source: https://publicationethics.org/core-practices

2. Authorship and contributorship

Clear policies (that allow for transparency around who contributed to the work and in what capacity) should be in place for requirements for authorship and contributorship as well as processes for managing potential disputes


Source: https://publicationethics.org/core-practices

3. Complaints and appeals

Journals should have a clearly described process for handling complaints against the journal, its staff, editorial board or publisher


Source: https://publicationethics.org/core-practices

4. Conflicts of interest / Competing interests

There must be clear definitions of conflicts of interest and processes for handling conflicts of interest of authors, reviewers, editors, journals, and publishers, whether identified before or after publication

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Source: https://publicationethics.org/core-practices

5. Data and reproducibility

Journals should include policies on data availability and encourage the use of reporting guidelines and registration of clinical trials and other study designs according to standard practice in their discipline

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Source: https://publicationethics.org/core-practices

6. Ethical oversight

Ethical oversight should include but is not limited to, policies on consent to publication, publication on vulnerable populations, ethical conduct of research using animals, ethical conduct of research using human subjects, handling confidential data and of business/marketing practices

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Source: https://publicationethics.org/core-practices

7. Intellectual property

All policies on intellectual property, including copyright and publishing licenses, should be clearly described. In addition, any costs associated with publishing should be obvious to authors and readers.

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8. Journal management

A well-described and implemented infrastructure is essential, including the business model, policies, processes and software for the efficient running of an editorially independent journal, as well as the efficient management and training of editorial boards and editorial and publishing staff


Source: https://publicationethics.org/core-practices

9. Peer review processes

All peer review processes must be transparently described and well managed. Journals should provide training for editors and reviewers and have policies on diverse aspects of peer review

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Source: https://publicationethics.org/core-practices

10. Post-publication discussions and corrections

Journals must allow debate post-publication either on their site, through letters to the editor, or on an external moderated site, such as PubPeer.

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Source: https://publicationethics.org/core-practices

11. Statement of Informed Consent

All individuals have individual rights that are not to be infringed. Individual participants in studies have, for example, the right to decide what happens to the (identifiable) personal data gathered, to what they have said during a study or an interview, as well as to any photograph that was taken.

The manuscripts that include details, images, or videos relating to individual participants, written informed consent for the publication of these must be obtained from the participants (or their parent or legal guardian in the case of children under 16) and a statement to this effect should appear in the manuscript. If the participant has died, then consent for publication must be sought from the next of kin of the participant. Documentation showing consent for publication must be made available to the Editor on request. In cases where images are entirely unidentifiable and there are no details on individuals reported within the manuscript, consent for publication of images may not be required. The final decision on whether consent to publish is required lies with the Editor.


Plagiarism Policy

“Plagiarism” refers to use someone else work without crediting them or to present the existing idea of someone else as new and original.

Following are a few points:

  • Making someone else’s work as your own
  • Copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • Giving incorrect information about the source
  • Changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • Copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not.
  • Images and Figures: Using an image, figures and graphs in your work without receiving proper permission and providing appropriate citation is plagiarism. Authors must take written permission from the owner of the work if necessary for using any of the image, figures etc.


The journal follows the best practices in the ethics of scholarly publishing under the guidelines of COPE. All the papers submitted have to pass through an initial screening and will be checked through the Advanced Plagiarism Detection Software (iThenticate).

iThenticate is the leading provider of professional plagiarism detection and prevention technology used worldwide by scholarly publishers. It helps editors, authors and researchers to prevent misconduct by comparing manuscripts against its database of over 60 billion web pages and 155 million content items, including 49 million works from 800 scholarly publisher participants of Crossref Similarity Check powered by iThenticate software.

Exclusion from Plagiarism while checking

Plagiarism check shall exclude the following:

  • All quoted work with the necessary permission/attribution.
  • References, Bibliography, table of content, preface and acknowledgments.
  • The generic terms, laws, standard symbols and equations.


Plagiarism Levels

Levels Description
Level 0 Up to 10% similarity- No penalty
Level 1 Above 10% to 40 % similarity
Level 2 Above 40% to 60 % similarity
Level 3 Above 60% similarity



Policy - Action against Plagiarism

EEHC performs Similarity check on each manuscript before the peer-review process and the following steps are taken based on the similarity content:

  1. If the manuscript is found to have less similarity, it will be returned to the author for revision. The author can resubmit the manuscript after removing all similarity and reworking on the content. After revision, more scrutiny will be done on the resubmitted manuscript to avoid any possible plagiarism and copying of any published data.
  2. If the similarity content is very high the manuscript will be rejected and cannot consider for revision and publication.
    In cases, if plagiarism is detected at a later stage all the actions pertaining to the offence of plagiarism will be taken. If the extent of plagiarism detected too high after publication the paper will be removed.

Recommendation for Authors

  • Always properly cite references and acknowledging ideas.
  • All References must contain full bibliographic information.
  • All sources cited in the text must be listed in the bibliography and vice versa.
  • Wherever more than 6 consecutive words are copied, quotation marks should be used.
  • Must have taken permission from other authors/publishers to reuse copyright-protected content


Retraction, Correction, Withdrawal Policy

  • Corrections
    Correctional representatives all have the need to produce clear and concise written directives for staff, wrongdoers, and the community. provided the issues of administrative liability, accreditation standards, case law, and the need to support professional behaviour, written policy and procedure is a necessity. It is also the basis for staff supervision, training, and supporting a defence when things go wrong. Corrections are published in the subsequent issue under Corrections and addendum.
  • Retractions
    A retraction is a public statement made about an earlier statement that withdraws, cancels, refutes, or reverses the original statement or ceases and desists from publishing the original statement. The retraction may be initiated by the editors of a journal, or by the author(s) of the papers (or their institution). The editors will consult reviewers for their comments. The article will be retracted in cases such as multiple submission, plagiarism or fraudulent use of data. An alteration that changes the main point of the original statement is generally referred to as a retraction while an alteration that leaves the main point of a statement intact is usually referred to simply as a correction. Depending on the circumstances, either a retraction or correction is the appropriate remedy. EEHC’s journal Retraction policy is based, in large part, on the guidelines and standards developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Please see https://publicationethics.org/files/retraction%20guidelines.pdf


Withdrawal Policy

Few of the authors request withdrawal of manuscript from the publication process after submission or after publication. In some instances, the request for withdrawal is made when the manuscript is only a few days away from publication in the journal. This may cause the time waste by the editors, reviewers, and the editorial staff. To withdraw an Article, a formal request has to be made by the Corresponding Author in the specified template. Withdrawn means that the article is archived in our database and not further acted upon. Articles which have not been published yet but represent early versions of articles, are discovered to be accidental duplicates of other published article(s), or are determined to violate our journal publishing ethics guidelines in the view of the editors may be “Withdrawn” from our group Journals. If an Article is withdrawn from Journals, a penalty will be levied. That is a withdrawal within 10 days of submission, the author is allowed to withdraw the manuscript without paying any withdrawal fee, however, if authors withdraw manuscripts any time after review and acceptance, a withdrawal fee will have to be paid.

A penalty will be levied even if the Article is allowed to be withdrawn after its publication from Journal and the APC which has been paid for this Article shall also not be refunded.

Penalty Amount - $50/