(Based on existing Scopus requirements and Committee on Publication Ethics)
An editor (editors, associate editors etc.) should provide impartial consideration to all manuscripts offered for publication, judging each on its particular feature without regard to race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the author(s). An editor should review and treat a manuscript submitted for publication with all reasonable speed. An editor takes sole responsibility for accepting or rejecting a manuscript for publication. An editor may seek assistance on a manuscript from specialists chosen for their expertise and fair judgment. An editor should not reveal any information about the manuscript under consideration to anyone other than the author and designated reviewers until after the evaluation process is complete. An editor should respect the intellectual independence of authors.
ORBITAL considers an AUTHOR he who was responsible for a part of the work at least. AUTHORS should be able to explain in deep the problem in study. For ORBITAL, all authors are RESPONSIBLE for the content they submitted. The CORRESPONDING AUTHOR is responsible for the agreement of all the AUTHORS and to keep them informed about the submission process since first submission of their manuscript. He is responsible for providing the license to publish, in case of acceptance, on behalf of all the AUTHORS. ORBITAL assumes that submitting the paper implies in total agreement from ALL the AUTHORS. For manuscripts with more than 8 authors, all the authors should provide a declaration specifying what was their contribution to the manuscript.
It is not acceptable for ORBITAL to consider for publication anything that was PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED, neither entirely nor in parts in other Journals. Anything sent to ORBITAL must not be under analysis anywhere else. Simultaneous submissions to ORBITAL and any other journal, is considered a major conduct flaw, and ALL the AUTHORS will be definitively banned, and all their previous publications in ORBITAL will be publicly retracted. Plagiarism and self-plagiarism will be treated the same way. Multiple manuscripts, dealing with closely related subjects and/or variables are discouraged as long as they could figure in a single paper.
ORBITAL invites peers to review its submissions, relying on their expertise, curricula and their will to review them as volunteers. By accepting to REVIEW a manuscript, the REVIEWER commits himself to do so in due time. Delays are extremely negative to the review process and makes it last much more than it should. When a REVIEWER is requested, he is gently asked TO ANSWER THE INVITATION E-MAIL, informing if he is or not willing to review the manuscript. It is a gesture of politeness and it avoids delays too. By accepting to review a manuscript, the REVIEWER declares that no conflicts of interests exist, and he is doing his revision for the wealth and progress of Science. Those reviewers who answer our requests, agreeing or not, and those who respect the deadlines, are scored positively, and eventual submissions they could send to ORBITAL will be treated with priority.
If plagiarism is detected more than 30% before/during the peer review process, the submission may be rejected.