EPOJ is an Open Access Journal Published and supported by the Engineering Project Organization Society (EPOS). All articles, once accepted for publication, will be made available for access and download at our website as pdf file, FREE OF CHARGE. Costs of publication are borne directly by EPOS. Anyone who visits the website will be able to access and download papers published by EPOJ. Newly published papers will be available under the 'Current Issue' Tab while papers published in previous years will be available under the 'Past Issues' tab. We are committed to the permanent availability and preservation of scholarly research published in the journal. All papers published will be archived and available for open access under the 'Past Issues' Tab.
The Engineering Project Organization Society and the Journal follows the COPE Core Practices.
EPOJ takes allegations of misconduct in pre-publication and post-publication seriously. The EPOJ Editor in Chief will follow the COPE guidelines and flowcharts to address allegations however they are brought to our attention. Highlights from this guidance includes the following policies. The initiative for enquiries will remain within the journal editorial board members for review and discussion. If deemed necessary, the Editor in Chief may reach out to other journal editors only when it is deemed necessary to prevent and respond to suspected research misconduct. Information shall be restricted to factual content only avoiding conjecture. Communications shall be made in a manner that preserves confidentiality. EPOJ will follow these guidelines for both unpublished manuscripts and published articles.
In general, we encourage an open and transparent process and culture in both the Engineering Project Organization Society and the Journal. We encourage an open collaborative dialog amongst the community and seek to provide a society and journal that meets the needs of the scholars in this community. In the case of complaints regarding the journal, its staff, editorial board or publisher, the Editor in Chief will receive and address these complaints. If the editor in chief is the subject of the complaint, the individuals or groups who have this complaint should contact the president of the Engineering Project Organization Society. In a case where the concerns include both the Editor in Chief and the leadership of the EPOS, the individuals or groups should reach out to associate members of the editorial board. On methods, considerations, and concerns please review the COPE guidelines and flowcharts.
Editors and reviewers shall evaluate submitted manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit (contribution to scholarship, theory, and industry body of knowledge) and the fit with the journal’s scope. Considerations of the authors’ race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, citizenship, religious belief, political philosophy or institutional affiliation will have no place in the review and evaluation of submitted manuscripts. Furthermore, editors and reviewers will recuse themselves from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships/connections with any of the authors, companies or institutions connected to the papers; When a conflict of interest occurs, authors should notify the assigning editor, and editors should notify the editor in chief and the manuscript is to be reassigned to editors and reviewers who do not have a conflict of interest.
EPOS and EPOJ takes research ethics seriously and may seek confirmation related to consent to publication on vulnerable populations as well as ethical conduct of research using human subjects, handling confidential data and ethical business/marketing practices. All authors should familiarize themselves with their institutional policies and practices around the oversite of human subjects research, animal research, and handling confidential data. Consider including statements in the manuscript that outline the methods and productions used in these types of research projects.
EPOJ is an Open Access journal. As such, all published articles are freely available for download. However, the copyright for these articles is the property of the journal. Authors should submit work that was solely written by them. If they use work (ideas and thoughts) and words of others, these should be appropriately cited. Plagiarism can take many forms from the direct verbatim copy of words of others to paraphrasing the work written by others. All of these types of plagiarism are unethical and unacceptable. Authors should strive in all cases to create original work.
Editors, reviewers and editorial staff will not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and EPOS as appropriate.
First, when considering data access, authors are requested to review their research funder’s requirements for data publication. Authors may be asked to provide the raw data of their study together with the manuscript for editorial review and should be prepared to make the data publicly available if practicable and compliant with human subject and subject privacy concerns. Authors should ensure accessibility of such data to other competent professionals (preferably via an institutional or subject-based data repository or other data centre), provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and legal rights concerning proprietary data do not preclude their release. Consider including a citation to this data and provide a data availability statement.
If it is not feasible to make the data accessible in an open repository, consider creating a statement that the authors agree to make their data available upon reasonable request. The authors can also make their data available under a license process.
The Journal seeks to maintain gender neutral language that avoids making assumptions about the gender of persons both generic and specific. For example, when talking about roles in the industry such as project manager or project executives in general terms, an author would avoid saying "he/she", "his/hers" or "him/her" when talking about these roles. Instead, when writing about generic roles, authors should use the generic third-person singular pronoun "they/them" to refer to a person whose gender is not known. This use of the pronouns has been endorsed by the Merriam-Webster's Dictionary as well as academic style and grammar guidelines such as the APA Style (https://apastyle.apa.org/style-grammar-guidelines/grammar/singular-they) and Chicago Manual of Style (https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/). Note: some style guidelines suggest avoiding the use of pronouns if possible. If the author or authors need to use pronouns, our guidelines are as follows. If the author is reporting on a specific person, then identified pronouns are appropriate. If the author or authors do not know the identified gender of the person or are using generic roles, they or them should be used.
For example, for generic use:
Avoid: "When a project manager considers the schedule, he should think about long lead times."
Recommended revision: "When a project manager considers the schedule, they should think about long lead times." OR "Project managers should consider long lead times when considering the schedule."
Recommended for a known person: "When we interviewed the project engineer for Case Study 2, she thought it was a successful project..."
If you do not know the self-identified gender, it is still appropriate to use the generic third-person pronoun when writing about a specific person: "When we interviewed the project engineer for Case Study 2, they thought it was a successful project..." OR avoid using a pronoun "In a Case Study 2 interview, the project engineer reported that the project was successful.