Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

This journal is aimed at professionals, technicians and researchers linked to irrigation and drainage, agricultural mechanization, and other areas related. Its mission is to publish original and unpublished works in Spanish, Portuguese and English and that are not under evaluation processes of any other journal. In their editions, there are works that cover the following subjects of Agricultural Engineering: Tractors and Agricultural Machines, Operation and Mechanized Processes, Oil-hydraulic, Repair and Mechanical Technology. Others are Computing and Applied Mathematics, Soil and Water, Use of Energy in Agriculture, Post-harvest: Biology and Technology, Electrification and Rural Construction, Livestock Mechanization, Conservation Agriculture, Precision Farming, Teaching and Training, Test Machines and Animal Traction. The submission of works, processing and publication do not offer any cost to the authors, they are free.

 

Section Policies

Original Articles

Original article is understood as that based on a research work in which the scientific method has been applied and the effect of different treatments on the response of a system has been studied, as a methodology to check or reject a work hypothesis. These are prioritized by the journal.

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Review

It is understood as that writing based on the analytical review of scientific articles or research reports, in which the author contributes his/her point of view on the subject and establishes conclusions regarding the current state of its knowledge.

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Point of View

It is understood as a writing based on the analytical review of scientific articles or research reports, in which the author contributes his/her point of view on the subject and establishes conclusions regarding the current state of its knowledge.

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Technical Note

A technical note is an article based on experimental or developing work that presents novel methodological aspects or results that the author wishes to publish before finalizing its development or research.

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Abstract of Doctoral Thesis

This section is intended to publicize the content summaries of the doctoral theses submitted annually to defense before the Tribunal Nacional Permanente de Ingeniería Agrícola de la República de Cuba. Works sent must comply with these rules and will be reviewed by the Editorial Committee or by the person it designates, before publishing.

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Software

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Methodology

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Cumulative Index

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Summary Format Paper

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Peer Review Process

Papers received are evaluated through the system of blind peer arbitration involving a team of national and international reviewers with a high level of expertise in each of the publication themes. During the opinion process, reviewers and authors preserve anonymity. The reviewers are given review models in which they express their criteria and comments on the quality of the articles and finally recommend that the work be published, published with changes or not published. The Editorial Committee of the journal, which reserves all rights to the verdict, takes the final decision. In the evaluation process, the reviewers will take into account the following parameters:

Originality: If the contribution is new and original, by anti-plagiarism processes.

Title: It should be concise, specific, with appropriate syntax and that reflects the content of the work in no more than 15 words.

Abstract: It should express the objective, methods, main results and conclusions with full correspondence between them.

Keywords: They should not be more than five words, all necessary, normalized and descriptive of the content with correspondence between them.

Introduction: It should clearly define the problem, the scope and purpose of the research. Besides, it should refer the state of the art and the way other researchers have approached it.

Materials and Methods: They should express the quantity and quality of the materials used, the methodology used and the experimental conditions that are relevant for the proposed objective. They should also refer if statistical analyzes are used and appropriate.

Results and Discussion: They should be clearly exposed and presented in a logical way with the help of images, tables and figures. Interpretations should be correct and highlight the relationship between the data obtained. They should express if there is a contrast between the results and those of other published works, and if the possible theoretical and /or practical implications are highlighted in a way that support the conclusions.

Conclusions: They should be coherent with the data presented and the objective stated in the research

References: Adequate sources of scientific information should be used and they should present an adequate percentage of current references or citations. Citations in the text and bibliography should be correctly established according to the bibliographic style of the journal.

Images, Tables and Figures: All necessary, intelligible, self-explanatory and of high quality, presented opportunely in the body of the work.

English: It should be suitable for the comprehension of the tittle, abstract and keywords.

Dimensions: Parts of the work can be expanded, reduced or eliminated.

 

Publication Frequency

The publication is made up of one volume per year (annual) and four issues (quarterly) of 10 articles each. The journal presents a system of Continuous Publication (Rolling Pass). The Continuous Publication is an innovation of the online publication in which the complete composition of the serial numbers or editions is not expected to be published. In the form of continuous publication, the articles are published online individually once they have been approved and have already received the final editorial training, without having to wait for the closing of the number edition according to the periodicity adopted by the journal .


Its main advantage is the rapidity in the process of communication and availability of research works since they are published once they have been definitively accepted and are ready for publication. In the continuous publication mode, each article is treated as an independent object and receives a unique identification. The page of the articles also changes; the initial page of each article will have the number 1 and the final number will be the number of pages of the article.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content, based on the principle that offering the public free access to research helps a greater global exchange of knowledge and thus it embraces the Open Access definition of Budapest Open Access Initiative:

 "Open access" to peer-reviewed scientific literature means its free availability on the public Internet, allowing any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or use them for any legal purpose, without any financial, legal or technical barrier except those that involve accessing the Internet itself. The only limitation in terms of reproduction and distribution and the sole role of copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their works and the right to be properly recognized and cited.

The journal does not impose costs of processing the articles, shipping costs or any other charge required of the authors. Our mission is to support a greater exchange of knowledge globally by allowing the research published in this journal to be open to the public and reusable, according to the terms of the Creative Commons License Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 License.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Registry

To register on this site the author must send an email to rcta@unah.edu.cu, with the following information:

• Qualification

• First name

• Surnames

• Standardized name of the institution to which he/she belongs

• Email

• Country

• The URL if the author presents a profile in Google Scholar, LinkedIn, Research Gate, Facebook, or any other social or academic network.

After having verified the author’s data, the administrator of the site will register him/her in the system and send him/her an email with his/her username and a password that must be changed later.

 

Code of Conduct and Good Ethical Practices

The journal will make sure permanently the quality of its contents and the proper exercise of ethical practices by each of the actors participating in the publication. The following is the Code of Conduct and Good Ethical Practices followed by the journal and is based on the Guidelines on Good Practices for Publications developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Faced with the suspicion or disregarding of some of the good ethical practices established in this Code, the Editorial Committee will proceed as directed in the Central Practices and Flowcharts of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) for each case. Faced with the suspicion or detection of new bad ethical practices that are not declared in this Code of Conduct, the provisions of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) will be evaluated in its Code of Conduct, and accordingly, action will be taken as established for the dishonest act detected.

Duties and General Responsibilities of Editors

The editors of this journal commit themselves:

• To strive to meet the needs of readers and authors.

• To strive to improve constantly the journal taking into account the different points of view of authors, readers, reviewers and members of the editorial committee.

• To have all the necessary processes in the journal to ensure the quality of the material that is published.

• To allow freedom of expression without going so far as to consent to manifestations of discrimination or offensive.

• To evaluate the articles without taking into account the race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, political beliefs, nationality, ethnic origin or personal positioning of the authors.

• To decide which articles should be sent for peer evaluation, as well as which ones can be published after their review, as well as preserving the confidentiality of the evaluated articles, not disclosing any information about their content, subject matter, authorship, data included , analyzes carried out or final conclusions.

• To guarantee the preservation of all the contents of the journal.

• To prevent commercial needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards.

• To publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when necessary.

• To provide all the actors in the process with the necessary information to perform efficiently their function.

• To support all actions necessary to reduce the different manifestations of research and publication misconduct, and encourage ethical and responsible behavior.

• To ensure that each published document reflects correctly the results and interpretations proposed by the authors.

• To archive the reports and the results of the evaluations of each article, and provide them whenever the competent natural and legal persons request them.

• To ensure that sections with and without peer review are clearly identified.

•To ensure that peer review in the journal is fair, impartial and timely.

• To adopt the most appropriate peer review methods for the journal and the research community that is served.

• The editors will be attentive to intellectual property problems and in correspondence will work with their editors to manage possible infringements of laws and intellectual property conventions.

• Best practices for publishers will also include adopting systems to detect plagiarism (for example, software, looking for similar titles)

Related to Readers

• They will be informed about the funding sources, authors and institutions of the different articles.

• They will have all the information and tools necessary to recover the metadata of the different documents.

• They will be able to access the full texts of the documents at any time that they have and in different responsive formats.

• They have the obligation to reference adequately the documents they consult.

• They have the obligation to make an adequate and responsible use of the information ensuring that no principles of good practices are violated.

Related to Documents and Data

• The data declared in the documents submitted for publication must be real and authentic.

• Data that is not justified for the proposed study objective should not be used.

• All documents must include citations and references to the sources of information used.

• It is considered an unfair practice to submit an article to an evaluation to more than one journal.

It is considered an unethical practice:

• Plagiarism and fraudulent data in documents.

• Publish the same article in more than one journal.

• Copy and use textual information of any document.

• Use data, images and other resources without the authorization of all the natural or legal authors of the work.

• Use information that has not been consulted from the original source by some of the authors of the document.

• Modify or distort the meaning and context of the information contained in other works, as well as any other inappropriate use that alters the integrity of the information.

Related to Authors

• Editors' decisions to accept or reject a work for publication will be based on the document's contribution, originality, clarity, validity of the study and its relevance to the journal's thematic field.

• The willingness to submit a document to the journal will not be rejected unless problems are identified in the guidelines established for its submission.

• New editors will not revoke decisions to publish work approved by previous editors unless problems that were not taken into account in previous assessments are identified.

• Before and during the submission process, the author will be provided with a guide with all the characteristics and elements to be controlled in the peer review processes.

• Competent and specialized professionals in each of the publication themes will carry out the evaluation of each document presented in the journal.

• Authors will preserve anonymity throughout the peer review process.

• Requests made by authors that a reviewer declared in the arbitrator’s folder of the journal does not evaluate their work, will be respected, if the conflict of interest between the reviewer and one or more of the authors of the document is justified.

• The presentation of ideas by other authors as their own constitutes an unacceptable practice.

• Authors should report any funding source that has allowed the study to be developed, as well as any other commitment that may influence the interpretation of the results.

• All authors are obliged to provide the necessary corrections to errors.

• Only those who participated substantially in the conception of the idea and design of the study, in the acquisition or analysis of the data, in the writing of the article or its critical intellectual review, and in the approval are considered authors of the work. Only they will be considered for the final approval of the document that will be published as long as those persons have a high experience in the subject and have contributed or oriented in some of the previous points.

• The acknowledgments will include the names of the people who have provided technical support to the work or general supervision of the research group and the institutions that provided the funding to carry out the research. Only substantial contributions and compliance with these conditions will be appreciated if they alone do not justify scientific authorship.

• The main author is directly responsible for having correctly assigned the co-authorship of the work and the acknowledgments, and that are no "guest authors", or there is not conflict of interests between them.

• In the cases in which bad ethical behaviors are detected concerning the incorrect assignment of authors, omission of these and conflict of undeclared interests, the journal will automatically cancel the publication of the work and issue a note to the entire scientific community informing the event and the names of those responsible for the unethical behavior.

• Publishers will support authors whose copyrights have been violated or who have been victims of plagiarism by requesting retractions or removal of material from websites regardless of copyright.

Related to the Reviewers

• Reviewers should give their opinion objectively and without bias.

• The reviewers will have all the necessary guidance and preparation, as well as an evaluation guide, which will allow them to know how they should perform the evaluation, weigh the quality of each of the parts of the document, state their observations and final decision.

• Reviewers will deal with the work and information contained in it confidentially until the document is published.

• The journal will guarantee the preservation of the anonymity of the reviewers throughout the process.

• The reviewers will immediately inform the editors about detected violations of good ethical practices during the review process such as unethical research design, inadequate data and rights manipulation, plagiarism, among others considered necessary.

• The reviewers will inform publishers in a timely manner of any conflicts of interest they might detect when reading an article that has been sent to them for review.

• The necessary procedures will be implemented so that the comments of the reviewers reach the authors in their entirety, ensuring that they do not contain offensive or defamatory comments.

• The contribution of the reviewers to the journal will be recognized at all times by issuing a certificate that certifies the evaluation carried out, which may also be presented to the academic institutions to which they belong.

• The performance of the reviewers will be monitored periodically and measures will be taken to ensure that the reviews made are of high quality.

• The database of reviewers will be maintained and renewed in order to present an adequate representation of the scientific community specialized in the issues of publication of the journal.

• Reviewers who constantly produce offensive, poor quality and late criticism will be stopped.

Related to the Members of the Editorial Committee

• The editors will provide new members of the Editorial Committee with guidelines on everything that is expected of them and should keep existing members updated on new policies implemented.

• Qualified editorial board members who can actively contribute to the development and good management of the journal will be identified.

• Clear guidance will be provided to the members of the Editorial Committee about their expected functions and duties, which may be development and implementation of journal dissemination strategies, searching for new authors and novel works, reviewing of submissions and editorial writing. Besides, commenting and reviewing about works in their specialty and consulting the editorial board members periodically to evaluate the functioning of the journal, among others.

Related to the Debates

• The editors will encourage the debate and consider the convincing criticism of the works published in the journal.

• The authors of the criticized material will have the opportunity to respond to the statements made.

• Studies that report negative results will not be excluded, as they can be a starting point for new research.

• The editors will be open to research that challenges the previous published works since this shows the evolution of their quality.

Conflicts of Interest

• There will be a conflict of interest in a particular manuscript when a participant in the process of drafting, reviewing and publishing it (author, reviewer or editor) has links to activities that may inappropriately influence their judgment, regardless of whether that judgment was or not affected. The most common conflict of interest resides in financial relationships, personal relationships, academic rivalry, or intellectual passion.

• Peers acting as external reviewers should disclose to editors any conflict of interests that could bias their views on the manuscript and should be excused from reviewing it if they consider it appropriate.

• Editors will be informed of the reviewers’ conflicts of interest in order to interpret their reports and judge for themselves if they should be disqualified.

• Reviewers should not use their reading of the work to further their own interests, before the manuscript is published.

• When authors submit a manuscript for publication, they are responsible for recognizing and declaring their financial connections and any other conflicts of interest that could bias their work.

• The editors who make final decisions on the manuscripts can not have financial or personal commitments with any of the authors and works that will judge.

• The members of the editorial committee who participate in the final decisions on the manuscripts, must provide an updated description of their own financial interests (which could affect their editorial judgments) and be excluded from any decision in which they may have a conflict of interest.

• All authors must fill out and submit to the journal the Compulsory Conflicts of Interest Dissemination Form of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). This interactive spreadsheet will help each author to determine in a particular form if there is a conflict of interest.

 

Plagiarism detection policy

This journal sanctions plagiarism and fraudulent data in documents, publish the same article in more than one journal, copy and use textual information of any document, use data, images and other resources without the authorization of all natural or legal authors of the work, use information that has not been consulted from the original source by some of the authors of the document, modify or distort the meaning and context of the information contained in other works, as well as any other inappropriate use that alters the integrity of the information.


To perform the plagiarism detection, the editors and referees of the magazine use the free software Plagiarisma. It can detect plagiarism in more than 190 languages, use different search engines and support a large number of document extensions.