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Frequently asked questions

What does it cost to publish in JCSE? ... What does it cost to buy JCSE?

JCSE is free to both authors and readers. We get a very small income from the Google-provided advertisements (it is so small that we have not yet considered it worth asking Google to pay it), but in essence this is a 'hobby' of the Editor. Unfortunately, this does mean that things don't always get done as quickly as we would like!

I can't register - what should I do?

The registration process is fully-automated, and should be relatively straightforward. When you complete and submit a registration form, an email will be sent to you, and this email includes a link that you must click in order to verify that we have got a working email address. Sometimes this link is split across two lines by email reading programs, and in this case it may not work correctly because only the first line is passed to the browser. To solve this problem, you should copy and paste the second part of the link into the browser address box, ensuring that there are no spaces between the first and second parts of the address, then press Go to submit the confirmation. If you still can't get this to work, please forward the email asking you to confirm your registration to .

If you don't get the confirmation email then this suggests either that the email address that you entered is incorrect, or that the confirmation email has been deleted by a spam blocking program, or maybe there is a problem with your email, such as a full inbox. If you have access to blocked spam, then check this for messages from JCSE Admin (in the past the address looked something like "www-data [www-data@afs.mcc.ac.uk]; on behalf of; Admin@jcse.org", but it should now be "Admin@jcse.org"). If you don't have access to blocked spam, then you can resend the confirmation email, but first add Admin@jcse.org to your contacts so that messages hopefully do not get stopped by the spam blocker. The resend page will also tell you if the address that you have entered has not been registered, which suggests that you entered it incorrectly when registering (or if it is a long time since you first registered, we may have deleted the address during a clear-out of unconfirmed registration requests). In this case, just resubmit your registration.

I haven't received an email that should have been sent

If you don't receive an email when we say that you should do, this suggests either that the email address that we are sending to is not working, or that messages from JCSE are being blocked as spam. In this situation, go through the following steps:

Why am I getting the message "validation codes damaged" when I try to confirm my registration?

The usual reason for getting this message is that your mail reader has forced the link to the confirmation page onto two lines, and when you click on the link the second line is not included. You can get around this by manually copying and pasting the second part of the link into the browser address bar.

Is my paper suitable for publication?

Potential authors often send abstracts of their proposed paper and ask if we would be able to publish it in JCSE. Providing there is at least some link with corrosion, the answer is always yes, but authors need to understand that this is qualified by the way JCSE works, which is not like a conventional paper-based journal. All reputable scientific journals undertake to test the papers that they publish against standards of 'scientific correctness'. Conventional Journals do this at the submission stage. At JCSE we publish the submitted paper without any review as a preprint. This is subsequently subject to conventional peer review, following which it is published as a full paper.

It is important for authors to realise that their paper will be exposed to the general public in exactly the form that it is submitted. It is, therefore, in authors' interests to ensure themselves that their paper is suitable for publication.

Why are so many papers still in preprint form?

JCSE is produced without any financial support, except for a small income from the adverts that appear on many pages (this is currently so small that it has not been worth withdrawing it from our account). Consequently, the management of the paper editing and review process is a 'spare-time' activity, and sadly we have very little spare time, so this has got very much behind our intended timescale.

We are working on a new implementation of the Journal software that will automate many of these processes, and make it possible for us to appoint associate editors who will be able to assist with the management of the paper review process (this is not currently feasible because if the need for much of the management to operate by way of direct access to the database). It is hoped that this system will come online shortly. There will still be a large backlog of papers to complete, but we shall then be able to concentrate on doing this.

Why haven't I heard from you?

If you are waiting for a response from us, then there are several possible explanations:

  1. We have mislaid your message - this is not impossible, although it does not happen very often. It is less likely to happen if you include the acronym 'JCSE' in your message, since this makes it easy for us to locate messages relating to JCSE.
  2. The paper has been discarded by our spam filtering system. Unfortunately this is now a significant possibility thanks to the sheer volume of spam that we receive. It is very likely to happen if you send us messages without a subject, or if you use 'spam-like' subjects such as "Why haven't you contacted me".
  3. Your message has got lost in transmission. This is relatively rare, although it is more likely for large messages, such as messages with attached documents. While you should get a message to say that the delivery has failed, this does not always happen.
  4. We have replied, but the message has failed to be delivered. We find that it is quite common for authors' email addresses to fail, especially for 'open access' addresses such as Hotmail, Yahoo and the like (presumably because these addresses are revoked if not used regularly). We aim to set up a page with a list of 'missing authors' so that you can check whether has happened to you.
  5. If you write asking why your paper has not yet been published, then we tend to feel that it is better to spend our limited time trying to get papers published, rather than explaining why papers have not yet been published. Hopefully the new software system will reduce the need for such questions in the future.

Can I post a copy of my paper/preprint on my web site?

We permit this, but we would very much prefer if you put up a link to the paper (this will typically be of the form "http://www.jcse.org/viewpreprint.php?vol=vvv&pap=ppp" where vvv is the volume number and ppp is the paper number) rather than a copy of the paper for a number of reasons:

  1. It allows readers to view and add comments on the paper.
  2. It will automatically change to the fully published paper as soon as the review process is completed.
  3. It allows us to add readers to our database, and thereby helps promote the journal.
  4. It allows us to present an advert that goes a small way to providing financial support for the Journal.

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