Submission Preparation ChecklistAs part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- The authors adhere to the policies of SCP
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- The authors agree that their manuscript is screened for plagiarism with the then offered version of Crossref's Similarity Check, currently iThenticate.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the author guidelines.
- Where available URLs and DOIs for the references have been provided in the reference list.
- The submission contains information on how the underlying data and other material can be accessed (data availability statement).
- The submission contains a statement on authors' contributions according to the CreDIT guidelines.
- The submission contains a statement on competing interests: authors need to declare competing interests and also must explicitly state if they have no competing interests.
- The authors are aware that if the manuscript gets accepted, the published article/contribution and its metadata will be distributed to various search engines, data bases, and abstracting and indexing (A&I) services.
- Moreover, its metadata (including abstract and references) will be sent to Crossref during the DOI registration process. Crossref makes all metadata available through APIs.
Authors publishing in SCP grant TIB Open Publishing (Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), Welfengarten 1B, 30167 Hannover, Germany) the right to publish and use the article/contribution including metadata and additional material under the conditions named below and identify itself as the original publisher.
Authors publishing in SCP retain the copyright of their article. Where an author is prevented from being the copyright holder, minor variations may apply, e.g. in case of Crown Copyright or for US government employees. Authors requiring such variation should contact TIB Open Publishing upon submission of their contribution/article.
Authors are obliged to obtain permission for the reproduction of previously published material of other copyright holders (e.g. figures or tables). Such permission is not necessary, if the reproduction is covered by a statutory citation right, if the material is in the public domain or when the authors themselves hold the copyright for the reproduced material.
Metadata incl. abstract of the articles/contributions are distributed under the conditions of the licence CC0 1.0 Universal .
The full text is published under the licence Creative Commons attribution License 3.0 DE.
The submitting author warrants
- that the content of this agreement is known to and approved of by all co-authors and that the submitting author is authorized by the co-authors to enter this agreement
- on behalf of themselves and their co-authors that
- the contribution/article is original, has not been formally published in any other peer-reviewed publication, is not under consideration by any other journal;
- has all necessary rights and authority to allow TIB the use of the publication, abstract and metadata pursuant to the terms and conditions set forth in this agreement and that this agreement does not infringe rights of third parties (e. g. copyright, personality or publicity rights, data protection).
- the contribution/article contains nothing that is unlawful, libellous, or which would, if published, constitute a breach of contract or of confidence or of commitment given to secrecy;
- reproduction permissions for any previously published material were obtained, if necessary.
- the authors took due care to ensure the article´s integrity.
The submitting author shall indemnify TIB against any charges, costs or damages brought forth by other registered users or third parties against TIB claiming that the use of the publication in accordance with this agreement constitutes an infringement of third party rights and shall bear the costs of a reasonable legal defence of TIB, if the submitting author can be held responsible. The parties will cooperate closely to prevent any claims by third parties.
TIB may terminate the online provision of the publication and/or remove it from its services in the event of imminent or actual infringement of rights.
TIB may transfer all rights and obligations derived from this agreement to other public or private institutions and partners, grant licenses or consent to their use of the material without explicit consent of the authors, if other institutions support or permanently take over functions and responsibilities from TIB.
In certain cases, corrections may be necessary to preserve the integrity of scientific literature. The following means to correct the scientific record can be applied:
A corrigendum should be issued if a minor part of an otherwise reliable publication is found to be inaccurate. This might be especially the case for honest errors. Also if the author list is incorrect, a corrigendum can be issued.
SCP will follow the retraction guidelines of COPE. Retractions are accompanied with a respective note explaining the reasons.
Manuscripts can be withdrawn before publication. However, published articles will not be "unpublished". Only in case of legal action, full texts might be removed with a corresponding statement on the article´s landing page.
Expression of concern
If they have well-founded concerns and feel that readers should be made aware of potentially misleading information contained in an article, journal editors may consider issuing an Expression of Concern. Expressions of concern can, however, be provided only if an inquiry into the problems relating to the article has proven to be inconclusive and if clear indications exist that the issues are legitimate. Editors should be mindful in all situations that an Expression of Concern brings the same risks to the reputation of a researcher as a retraction, and that in most cases it is preferable to publish a retraction until an independent investigation has reached a definitive conclusion.
The user (author, editor, or reviewer) agrees to the processing of his/her personal data provided to Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) in accordance with the data protection declaration and the infosheet data protection. The data is processed exclusively by TIB in order to provide the service of TIB Open Publishing.
Confidentiality Agreement 
During the publishing process you will have access to personal data such as name, contact data, institutional affiliation, possibly preffered public name, email signature, telephone number, postal address, profile picture, short biography, URL of homepage, ORCID and publication-related information.
The principles of Article 5 (1) GDPR must be observed:
- may only be processed if the data subject has given consent or if a statutory provision so permits. The processing must be comprehensible for the data subject ("transparency").
- may only be collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes. They may not be further processed for any other purpose unless this is explicitly permitted ("purpose limitation").
- may only be processed in the amount and to the extent appropriate and necessary for the purpose ("data minimisation").
- must be accurate and, as far as possible, kept up to date; every reasonable step must be taken to ensure that data that are inaccurate are erased or rectified without delay ('accuracy').
- may only be stored for the amount of time necessary to achieve the purpose of storage and must then be anonymised or erased ("storage limitation").
- must be protected by technical and organisational measures in such a way as to ensure appropriate security against unauthorised or unlawful processing or loss/destruction/damage ("integrity and confidentiality").
- may only be processed in accordance with the instructions of the Controller (TIB or external client). In addition to individual instructions from superiors, these may also be includeded in process descriptions, flow charts, works agreements, general service instructions as well as company documentation and manuals.
This Agreement shall continue to apply after the termination of the activity.
I confirm to be bound by this Agreement.
 Art. 5 GDPR, Lower Saxony Data Protection Act (NDSG) of 16 May 2018 as amended from time to time.