Access Policies

Computer Science and Engineering is an open access journal without any charges. All content is freely available from the date of publication.


Describes the rights related to the publication and distribution of research. It governs how authors and publishers can use, publish and distribute articles.

In order for CS&E to publish and disseminate research articles, we need publishing rights. This is determined by a publishing agreement between the author and CS&E. This agreement deals with the transfer or license of the copyright to CS&E and authors retain significant rights to use and share their own published articles.

The CS&E publishes only open access articles. Authors sign an exclusive license agreement, where authors have copyright but license exclusive rights in their article to the publisher. In this case authors have the right to:

  • Share their article in the same ways permitted to third parties under the relevant user license so long as it contains a CrossMark logo, the end license Creative Commons License Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0), and a DOI link.
  • Retain patent, trademark and other intellectual property rights (including research data).

Copyright aims to protect the specific way the article has been written to describe an experiment and the results. CS&E is committed to its authors to protect and defend their work and their reputation and takes allegations of infringement, plagiarism, ethic disputes and fraud very seriously.

If an author becomes aware of a possible plagiarism, fraud or infringement we recommend contacting editor-in-chief or section editor.

Open-access Statement

The Computer Science and Engineering provides immediate Open Access to the published material, considering the priority of free distribution of the scientific information and knowledge exchange for global progress of the society.

Full-text access to scientific articles of the CS&E is presented on the official website in the Archive section.

All articles are posted indefinitely and free of charge immediately after publication in accordance with the BOAI definition of Open Access. The licensing policy is compatible with the overwhelming majority of open access and archiving policies.

The articles in CS&E are published under Creative Commons License Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0), available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author as long as they cite the source.

Authors sign a publishing agreement where they will have copyright but grant broad publishing and distribution rights to the publisher, including the right to publish the article Online System. The author agrees an CC BY 4.0 license under which readers can use and share the article. The publisher makes the article available online.


Authors in CS&E must fulfill the criteria:

  • Each author is expected to have made substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work;
  • or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data;
  • or creation of new software used in the work;
  • or have drafted the work or substantially revised it;
  • and has approved the submitted version;
  • and agrees to be personally accountable for the author’s own contributions and for ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work, even ones in which the author was not personally involved, are appropriately investigated, resolved, and documented in the literature.

Exclusion from authorship of individuals who have made author-level contributions is not permitted for papers published in CS&E. Nor is guest or honorary authorship. Other individuals who have participated in generation of the research paper but who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the acknowledgments section with a brief indication of the nature of their contribution.

Corresponding authors must:

  • Ensure that all listed authors have received and approved the manuscript prior to submission.
  • Receive all substantive correspondence with editors as well as full reviews.
  • Verify that all data, materials, and code, even those developed/provided by other authors, comply with the transparency and reproducibility standards of both the field and the journal.
  • Ensure that original data/materials/code upon which the submission is based are preserved and retrievable for reanalysis.
  • Confirm that the presentation in the paper of the data/materials/code accurately reflects the original sources.
  • Foresee and minimize obstacles to the sharing of data/materials/code.
  • Ensure the entire author group is fully aware of and in compliance with best practices.
  • Be responsible for signing off on galleys and ensuring all authors complete the Conflict of interest (COI) declaration and license forms.

Any changes in authorship must be approved in writing by all of the original authors. A CS&E will send an email to all authors to confirm receipt of each paper. Submission of a paper that has not been approved by all authors may result in immediate rejection without appeal.

Article withdrawal

Only used for Articles in Press which represent early versions of articles and sometimes contain errors, or may have been accidentally submitted twice. Occasionally, but less frequently, the articles may represent infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like. Articles in Press that include errors, or are discovered to be accidental duplicates of other published article(s), or are determined to violate CS&E Publishing Ethics guidelines in the view of the editors (such as multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like), may be “Withdrawn” from Online System. Withdrawn means that the article content (HTML and PDF) is removed and replaced with a HTML page and PDF simply stating that the article has been withdrawn.

Conflict of Interest


CS&E require manuscripts to be accompanied by disclosures from all authors of any past and present affiliations, funding sources, and financial or management relationships related to the reported research that might raise questions about possible sources of bias. Patents related to the work should also be declared. Before manuscript acceptance, authors will be asked to sign an authorship/conflict-of-interest form.


Reviewers form the peer review process, and their evaluations ensure the quality of published research. Therefore, the editors seek reviewers for CS&E who do not have conflicts of interest with the authors or reported research in the manuscripts they read. In addition to this precaution, reviewers are required to disclose any conflicts with the evaluation of the paper, and this information is taken into account by the editors when decisions are made.


Editors for CS&E are required to disclose any conflicts with the evaluation of the paper and may be required to recuse themselves based on conflicts of interest.

Plagiarism policy

The Computer Science and Engineering is committed to publishing only original material, i.e., material that has neither been published elsewhere, nor is under review elsewhere.

Plagiarism is the copying of ideas, text, data, computer codes and other creative work (e.g. tables, figures and graphs) and presenting it as original research without proper citation.

The CS&E uses software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts: Unicheck. Manuscripts in which plagiarism or textual borrowings are found without reference to the original source are rejected by the editorial board for publication in the journal.

Plagiarism before publication

The CS&E will judge any case of plagiarism on its own merits. If plagiarism is detected, either by the editors, peer reviewers or editorial staff at any stage before publication of a manuscript (before or after acceptance, during editing or at page proof stage), we will alert the author(s), asking her or him to either rewrite the text or quote the text exactly and to cite the original source.

Plagiarism after publication

If plagiarism is detected after publication, the CS&E will conduct an investigation. If plagiarism is found, the journal editorial office will contact the author's institute and funding agencies. The paper containing the plagiarism will be marked on each page of the PDF. Depending on the extent of the plagiarism, the paper may also be formally retracted.

Recommendations for avoiding plagiarism

  • Use quotation marks around words taken verbatim from a source
  • Change no part of quotation within the context of the sentence
  • Use ellipses (a space and three periods) for a part of the quotation omitted.
  • Use brackets around added words
  • Limit the use of direct quotes

Authors are responsible for obtaining copyright permission for reproducing illustrations, tables, figures taken from other authors and/or source. Permission must be placed at the foot of each figure.


Some authors have written several chapters for several different books that are changed only slightly. Each manuscript is copyrighted when published. Because the author no longer owns the rights to these words, one should not plagiarize them. Thus, an author cannot copy one’s own material for a new manuscript without permission of the copyright holder. Alternatives include using quotes around short phrases of own work and citing appropriate references.