Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope



TECCIENCIA is concerned with the different problems that engineering is facing nowadays. In order to promote more efficient alternatives on any engineering field, activities related to R&D has been conducted by several researchers during the last decades. This journal was created in 2006 as a tool to share some of these results with an increasing audience that required more and more advances on the engineering fields in Colombia. Furthermore, this journal is moving towards an international audience in order to make a deeper contribution to scientific understanding. This journal is intended as a medium for publishing work possessing novelty and remarkable results.

Types of Contributions

 Contributions falling into the following categories will be considered for publication and should be submitted via the Open Journal System (OJS):

Original high-quality research papers. Preferably no more than 20 double line spaced manuscript pages, including tables and illustrations. Manuscript should be provided as simple as possible and as a single Word taking into account guidelines included in the Preparation section. Final format will be modified for the publication of the article.

Review articles. This document brings current advances in a specific field. There are no specific guidelines about length although it should include minimum 50 references according to the scope of the manuscript.

Important: If the editors/reviewers feel the paper is longer than it needs to be the authors may be asked to reduce the length of the paper, and therefore authors are recommended to keep their paper as concise as possible to effectively present their research. Please also remember that the longer a paper is, the harder it is to get reviewers to agree to review.


Section Policies


General policies about submission

 Ethics in publishing

Ethics in publishing and Ethical guidelines are based on definitions and guidelines are based on those defined by ELSEVIER for their journals. More information is available in http://www.elsevier.com/publishingethicsand http://www.elsevier.com/journal-authors/ethics.The documents submitted to TECCIENCIA will be always analyzed against duplicate submission or plagiarism before double blind peer review.

 Conflict of interest

TECCIENCIA solves conflicts of interest following ELSEVIER guidelines available in http://www.elsevier.com/conflictsofinterest. Authors should reveal any conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationship with other people or organization.

 Submission declaration and verification

As a result of submitting a manuscript in TECCIENCIA, authors guarantee that work accomplishes the following characteristics. 1) Work has not been published; 2) the work is not under evaluation or publishing elsewhere; 3) all authors approved the manuscript; 4) the document will not be published elsewhere in any other language including electronically without the written consent of the copyright-holder, 5) authors allow TECCIENCIA to analyze article using anti-plagiarism software.

 Changes to authorship

This policy concerns the addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names in the authorship of accepted manuscripts:

Before the accepted manuscript is published in an online issue: Requests to add or remove an author, or to rearrange the author names, must be sent to the Editor-in-chief or General Director from the corresponding author of the accepted manuscript and must include: (a) the reason the name should be added or removed, or the author names rearranged and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, fax, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed. Requests that are not sent by the corresponding author will be forwarded by the Editor-in-chief or General Director to the corresponding author, who must follow the procedure as described above. Note that: (1) Editor-in-chief will inform the Editorial board of any such requests and (2) publication of the accepted manuscript in an online issue is suspended until authorship has been agreed.

After the accepted manuscript is published in an online issue, any requests to add, delete, or rearrange author names in an article published in an online issue will follow the same policies as noted above and result in a corrigendum.


Authors will have certain rights to reuse the work. Nevertheless, as stated before, they could not resend the manuscript to any other journal. If they use it, they should cite the published document in TECCIENCIA according to standardized styles.

 Role of the funding source

You are requested to identify who provided financial support for the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication. If the funding source(s) had no such involvement then this should be stated.

 Open access

This journal offers authors open access in publishing their research. This implies that articles are freely available to both subscribers and the wider public with permitted reuse, no publication fee is asked in the publishing process.

 Language (usage and editing services)

Authors can submit the manuscript either in Spanish or English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). Presenting the documents in English is suggested and results on a faster publishing process because no translation should be performed. Otherwise, TECCIENCIA´s publisher supports translation of manuscripts but publishing could take longer while modifications are done.


Submission to this journal proceeds totally online using the Open Journal System. After registering, authors can start a new submission and follow instructions to upload the manuscript in the platform. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision, takes place by e-mail and via the corresponding author's homepage, removing the need for a hard-copy paper trail.


Please submit, with the manuscript, the names, addresses and e-mail addresses of 2 potential referees. One of these referees should be an internationally renowned expert in the field, and should not be from the same institute or ideally the same country as the authors of the manuscript. Note that the editor retains the sole right to decide whether or not the suggested reviewers are used.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Publishing and reviewing process

 TECCIENCIA follows a double blind peer review process. Before sending the manuscript to peer reviews, the document is anti-plagiarism checked and analyzed in the original form by members of the editorial board. They emit a concept that could be approved without corrections, approved with previous corrections or rejected. Regardless the answer, the authors are notified and instructions are provided. After manuscript is approved for peer review, it is sent to the reviewers who analyze it giving three concepts: approved for publishing as it is, approved for publishing with some corrections or denied. Then, the authors are notified and manuscript follows the internal publishing process.A summary of the process is described in the following flowchart.


Figure 1. Publishing and reviewing process flowchart.


After acceptance

Use of the Digital Object Identifier

The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) may be used to cite and link to electronic documents. The DOI consists of a unique alpha-numeric character string which is assigned to a document by the publisher upon the initial electronic publication. The assigned DOI never changes. Therefore, it is an ideal medium for citing a document, particularly 'Articles in press' because they have not yet received their full bibliographic information. Example of a correctly given DOI (in URL format; here an article in the journal Physics Letters B): http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2010.09.059 When you use a DOI to create links to documents on the web, the DOIs are guaranteed never to change.

Proof correction before publishing

Corresponding authors will receive an e-mail with the final document before publishing. The author can also comment on figures/tables and answer questions from the Copy Editor. We will do everything possible to get your article published quickly and accurately. Please use this proof only for checking the typesetting, editing, completeness and correctness of the text, tables and figures. Significant changes to the article as accepted for publication will only be considered at this stage with permission from the Editor. It is important to ensure that all corrections are sent back to us in one communication. Please check carefully before replying, as inclusion of any subsequent corrections cannot be guaranteed. Proofreading is solely your responsibility.



Open Access Policy

Open access

This journal offers authors open access in publishing their research. This implies that articles are freely available to both subscribers and the wider public with permitted reuse, no publication fee is asked in the publishing process.