Policies and Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Terms of Use: User Agreement
  2. About Acta Press
  3. About IASTED
  4. Plagiarism
  5. Products
  6. Login and Registration
  7. Searching the Website Functions
  8. Purchasing
  9. Payment
  10. Impact Factor
  11. Open Access Journals
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Terms of Use: User Agreement

If you use this site you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your username and password and for restricting access to your computer. You also agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password. ACTA Press reserves the right to refuse service, terminate accounts, remove or edit content, or cancel orders at its sole discretion.

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About ACTA Press

ACTA Press was established in 1972 to provide a medium for the publication of technical and scientific literature. Our head office is located in Calgary, AB, Canada, while our branch office is located in Anaheim, CA, USA.

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About IASTED

The International Association for Science and Technology for Development (IASTED) is a non-profit organization founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1977. The purpose of IASTED is to promote economic development through science and technology. This goal is achieved through the organization of more than 300 conferences in over 40 countries around the world. IASTED brings top scholars and members of industry together to share new ideas, facilitate cultural exchange and encourage international unity. For more information, please visit: http://www.iasted.org

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Plagiarism

What is plagiarism?

ACTA Press defines plagiarism as the verbatim copying or paraphrasing of ideas or words without properly citing the author or the source. This includes:

  • Verbatim copying of another author's words but not differentiating the text from one's own (i.e. not using quotation marks), with or without proper citation;
  • Copying equations, diagrams, processes, results or computer codes that are not common knowledge, without proper citation; and
  • Verbatim copying or extensive reuse of one's own previously published work without proper citation (self-plagiarism).

What is ACTA Press' policy on plagiarism?

ACTA Press has a zero-tolerance policy for plagiarism. Not only is it a serious breach of professional and ethical conduct, it may also be in breach of copyright and intellectual property laws. ACTA Press now utilizes advanced plagiarism detection software called iThenticate on each submitted paper and will investigate every allegation of plagiarism.

iThenticate

If a paper that has been submitted to an ACTA Press journal has been plagiarized in whole or in part the following measures may be taken:

  • The paper will be rejected; and
  • The author(s) will be prohibited from submitting papers to ACTA Press journals in the future.

All authors are deemed to be responsible for the content of the papers that have been submitted to ACTA Press.

What is ACTA Press' policy on self-plagiarism?

  • The Editor-in-Chief may require the author(s) to include a full citation to the original paper and make modifications to the submitted paper to include a discussion of the previously submitted paper; or
  • The paper will be rejected.
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Products

What publications are available for purchase?

In addition to the six academic journals, ACTA Press also publishes proceedings from IASTED conferences. For each journal you have the option of purchasing an annual subscription, individual issues, or individual papers. For conference proceedings you may purchase the entire volume or individual papers.

There are also several different forms of publications available for purchase: Hardcopy, CD, and online access in PDF format. Please note that some conference proceedings may not be available in all formats.

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Login and Registration

How do I register for an ACTA Press Account?

Click on the 'Create New Account' link in the 'My Account' box on the left-hand side of the page under the top menu bar. Fill in the required information. Then click on the 'Register' button, and your new account will be created. All personal information will be treated as confidential and will not be shared with third parties.

What if the website does not recognize my username and password?

If you are an editor or a reviewer for ACTA Press, or an author that has submitted a paper to an ACTA Press journal, you will already have a username and password. This information will only allow you to access the ACTA Press review website and you will not have an account for the publication website. You will have to create a new account for this website by re-registering your information.

How do I update my personal information?

Once you have logged into your account, click on 'My Profile' on the left-hand column. The 'Personal Information' page will appear in which you may update your personal information. Once you have made the appropriate changes, click on 'Update Personal Information' and the changes will be made.

What if I have forgotten my password?

On the Login page, please click on 'Forgot Password?' If you re-enter your username and click on the 'Send Password Now' button, you will be sent an email containing your new password. Remember to change the password to one that you will remember.

How do I change my password?

Once you have logged into your account, click on 'My Profile' on the left-hand column. Click on 'Change Password' link, located in the right-hand corner at the top of the page. Once you have entered the information, click on 'Change Password Now'.

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Searching the website

How do I search the website?

There are different options for searching the website. There is the basic 'Publication Search' on the right-hand side at the very top of the page. There is also an 'Advanced Search' option located immediately below. These options will search all of the publications on the website. There is also the option of searching only the proceedings. This search engine is located on the initial 'Proceedings' page.

What if I can't find the publication I want?

Our website has issues of ACTA Press journals from 2004 to present and copies of IASTED conference proceedings from 2002 to present. If you require an issue that is not listed on the website or cannot find a publication that you are looking for, please contact our staff at journals@actapress.com.

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Purchasing

How do I access the paper that I have purchased?

Once you have logged into your account, click on 'My Papers' on the left-hand column. Click on the title of the paper in order to download the PDF of the paper that you have purchased.

When will my orders arrive?

Depending on the location, publication orders should arrive between one and three business weeks after the payment is received. If you require urgent delivery or courier service you can select the Courier option on the 'Shipping Information' page when completing your order.

If you have an annual subscription to one of the ACTA Press journals, the issues will arrive at regular intervals throughout the year. As of 2007 all of our journals will be published quarterly.

What if I want to return or exchange my purchase?

Returns and exchanges are available on a limited basis. Please note that a re-stocking fee will be charged. Please contact us if you would like to return or exchange your purchase.

How secure are ACTA Press' online transactions?

ACTA Press takes every precaution to ensure the security of online transactions. For more information, please visit: http://www.verisign.com

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Payment

What is the currency for payment?

All prices listed and all payments are in US Dollars.

What are my Payment Options?

Payment can be made with Visa, MasterCard, Cheque, or Bank Transfer. We do not accept American Express.

What taxes are applicable to my order?

If you are ordering from Canada or shipping to a location within Canada, 5% GST will be added to your order.

Are any discounts available?

Certain discounts are available to frequent or mass quantity buyers.

We also offer subscription packages, which offer you a fast and cost-efficient way of obtaining all of our proceedings without having to order them individually. Please contact us for more information.

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Impact Factor

What are Journal Impact Factors?

An Impact Factor is a number designed to represent how often the papers from a particular journal are cited. By measuring the frequency of citations, this number is meant to offer a level of prestige and value to those journals whose articles are cited most frequently. As publishers, we do not generate this number ourselves. It should be noted that even those who do generate an Impact Factor warn that this number should not be regarded as a definitive guide to the value of a journal. For example, newer journals will not have the same citation frequency as older, more established journals, but this does not necessarily imply the lack of value of the newer journals.

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Open Access Journals

What are Open Access Journals?

Open Access Journals are a recent concept in journals publishing. They allow unlimited, free, open access to all articles in the journal to all interested parties. Visitors to the ACTA Press website will be able to download all articles from journal issues older than 3 months completely free of charge. This gives the authors the maximum possible exposure to their work within the academic community and promotes the sharing of research and ideas to the widest possible audience.

Publication costs for Open Access journals are met by the author - i.e. using funds from the author's institution or research grant. These charges replace the traditional subscription charges for articles, and unlike traditional journals, the authors retain the copyright for their articles.

The new International Journal of Computational Bioscience to be published by ACTA Press will be Open Access. Authors will pay a charge of $450 (US) for each article published in the journal. ACTA Press employs a "delayed" Open Access model, in which articles can be downloaded from the website for a charge of $35 (US) each for the first 3 months after their publication. After this time the charge is lifted, and articles can be downloaded free of charge.