Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Mathematical and Software Engineering is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes results of rigorous engineering research carried out using mathematical and software tools.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

All manuscripts submitted to Mathematical and Software Engineering are subject to peer review.

Criteria for acceptance will be appropriateness to the field of the Journal, taking into account the merit of the content and presentation. 

Papers should be clearly written. Abstracts should be self-contained and informative of what was learned from the research. Rigorous argument and presentation are expected throughout.

Papers will be refereed in the manner customary with scientific journals before being accepted for publication.

Upon receiving a manuscript, two members of the Editorial Board will examine it and if the paper is out of scope of the journal or does not meet the basic criteria for a journal article, it will be immediately rejected without further review. Otherwise, the Editor-in-Chief will solicit reviews from at least two external referees.

Based on the reviews, the Editor will make the decision on paper acceptance, or solicit additional reviews if the decision in unclear.

Possible decisions are

  • Accept in Present Form (without change)
  • Consider after Minor Changes (The author will receive feedback and be asked to submit an amended version addressing the reviewers’ concerns. The Editor will check the amended manuscript and ensure the concerns have been addressed. Once satisfied, the Editor can accept the manuscript.)
  • Consider after Major Changes (The recommendation is communicated to the authors. The authors are expected to apply the revisions in their paper in accordance with the changes suggested by the reviewers and to submit their revised paper on time. Once the revised paper is submitted, the Editor will distribute the revised paper to the reviewers for approval. If the reviewers approve the revised version, the paper is accepted for publication, if not, it is rejected.)
  • Reject (The paper is immediately rejected if the editor recommends rejecting. Also, if the majority of the reviewers recommend rejecting the paper, the rejection is immediate.)

The peer review process is single blinded; that is, the reviewers know the author(s) of the paper are, but the author(s) do not have access to the information of peer reviewers.

This journal requires that: "The submission has not been previously publishednor is it before another journal for consideration."


Publication Frequency

Mathematical and Software Engineering is issued semi-annually.


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.



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Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Mathematical and Software Engineering is committed to following the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics). It is a duty of our editors to follow Cope Guidance for Editors and our peer-reviewers must follow COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers.

Responsibilities of Editors

The editors have the responsibility and the duty to guarantee the originality of the manuscript and to verify the typology of the article, and the correspondence to the aims and scopes of the journal. The editors have to evaluate carefully the assignment of the article to reviewers with an adequate scientific experience level regarding the article topic. The editors also have the responsibility to assure the greatest transparency towards the authors during the whole evaluation process.

Responsibilities of Reviewers

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments, so that authors can use them for improving the paper. 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. 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.

Responsibilities of Authors:

Manuscripts submitted to Mathematical and Software Engineering will be considered for publication with the understanding that the same work has not been published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. 
Authors should present an objective discussion of the significance of research work as well as sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the experiments. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. Review articles should also be objective, comprehensive, and accurate accounts of the state of the art. The authors should ensure that their work is entirely original works, and if the work and/or words of others have been used, this has been appropriately acknowledged. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Corresponding Author

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.


Each co-author is responsible for the correct presentation of the article and its contents, assuring the research originality and the fact that the article hasn’t been published in other journal.

Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest exists when judgement regarding the research is influenced by factors such as financial gain or personal relationships. All authors are required to disclose any financial, personal or other associations that may influence or be perceived to influence their work.

Mathematical and Software Engineering will immediately reject papers leading to the following ethical violations:

      - Data fabrication and falsification 
      - Plagiarism 
      - Self-plagiarism 
      - Simultaneous submissions 
      - Duplicate publication 
      - Overlapping publications 
      - Redundant publications 
      - Selective reporting 
      - Misleading reporting 
      - Improper author contribution or attribution 
      - Gift authorship 
      - Citation manipulation 
      - Impact factor manipulation 
      - Index/influence measure manipulation 
      - Undeclared/fake financial support for publication 
      - Undisclosed conflicts of interest

In addition to the immediate rejection of the infringing manuscript, Varepsilon Ltd will not consider any other papers submitted to any of our journals by the same authors (individually or in combination with other authors). The authors of the infringing manuscript will be dismissed from serving on the Editorial Board of any journal published by Varepsilon Ltd.

Corrections of errors; retractions, etc.

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

Retraction of a paper is applied in the following cases: 
    -   The paper leads to ethical violations (plagiarism, data fabrication, falsification, simultaneous submissions, duplicate publications, etc.) 
    -   The paper contains errors which couldn't be corrected in a subsequent erratum notice.

When a reader discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in a paper or book published by Varepsilon Ltd, or have any other complaint about editorial content (plagiarism, duplicate papers, etc.), he/she should make a complaint by e-mail to: mse@varepsilon.com . We welcome complaints as they provide an opportunity for improvement, and we aim to respond quickly and constructively.


Cretive Commons Attribution License

This is an open access journal. The Creative Commons Attribution license allows re-distribution and re-use of a licensed work on the condition that the creator is appropriately credited (CC-BY).


Copyright and Permissions

The journal allow the author(s) to hold the copyright without restrictions.

The journal allow the author(s) to retain publishing rights without restrictions.


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