About the Journal

ATHENEA is a Scientific Journal oriented to Engineering Sciences. It is intended to publish academic and scientific material of high research level and quality, produced by scientists and researchers from Latin America and the world, to disseminate the work of teaching and research.

In consideration of the above and taking as a reference the mission and vision of the career programs offered by the Universities, the following Mission and Vision are proposed to support the strategic plan of the Athenea Scientific Journal:

MISSION

Disseminate innovative engineering knowledge, always preserving a high level of technical and scientific quality, a high level of research on various topics of engineering and applied sciences, the result of creation, research, criticism, and intellectual confrontation.
To make visible the knowledge to which undergraduate and graduate professional education is committed in our Latin American and Caribbean Universities.
To allow self-evaluation and continuous improvement of the communicative competencies of the Latin American engineering and scientific academic work.
To welcome reflections on industrial problems, developments, patents, and prototypes that comply with scientific and technical rigor, as a fundamental contribution to our social, industrial, and academic projection and commitment.
To impact socio-culturally and scientifically the environment by encouraging the participation of teachers and researchers of the local, regional, national and international academic community through the publication of scientific articles in engineering areas.

VISION

By 2021, the Athenea Scientific Journal will be recognized internationally as a journal with the highest standards of scientific publications, as a high level and impact medium for the dissemination and diffusion of knowledge due to its scientific basis, flexibility, and academic richness. In addition, for the diversity and flexibility of its publications, for its relevance and timeliness, for its support to academic and research work, for disseminating the latest developments and advances in different areas of engineering.

OBJECTIVES

a) To disseminate the results of research in engineering sciences carried out in Ecuador and abroad.
b) To contribute to the confrontation and dissemination of knowledge, as well as to make possible the exchange among peers from different universities and research institutes.
c) Contribute to the construction of scientific and technical knowledge.
d) To stimulate critical reflection on theories, perspectives, and situations in engineering, technology, and innovation.

DISCIPLINES

The Athenea Journal focuses on the disciplines of Engineering Sciences, which include technological developments, technological innovation, and prototyping.

FOCUS AND SCOPE

The Athenea Journal is a journal with national and international coverage that publishes articles in the area of Science, Technology, and Innovation is dedicated explicitly to the dissemination of works in Engineering Sciences, with works related to research, new developments, prototypes, and new technologies, all publications complying with the peer review process and compliance with ethical and quality criteria.

It is a specific publication in the area of engineering sciences, edited by AutanaBooks, and is oriented to academics, researchers, scientists, students, businessmen, and entrepreneurs, interested in disseminating their scientific productions. It has an open-access electronic version at https://autanabooks.com/index.php/blog/revistaathenea. All the contents published in the journal are open access and do not require any type of payment for consultation. More information is available at www.autanabooks.com

In Athenea Journal you can find articles in Spanish and English, being allowed articles of technological scientific research, technical notes, case reports, letters to the editor, articles of reflection derived from research, essays, scientific articles, among others. The administration of articles is done in the Open Journal System publication management platform.

Types of contributions:

Technological scientific research articles: they are products of Degree Works (Specialization, Master's and Doctorate) or research in the university and industrial field, whether experimental or non-experimental, and must mean a technological contribution for the resolution of specific problems in the industrial sector.

Technical Notes, are those contributions aimed at informing news and advances in the specialties covered by the Journal.

Scientific articles must be the result of research work, either bibliographic or experimental, in which results have been obtained, discussed and conclusions reached with a significant contribution in some area of scientific interest.

Essays: they must be the result of a personal analysis made by the author on a specific topic (historical, scientific, artistic, technical, among others), where the subjective predominates and where a personal criterion is exposed but with foundation and argumentation.

Reflection articles derived from the research: these are contributions that present the results of research, but in which the author's subjective criteria, analysis, and reflection on the results predominate.

Case reports: it is a medical contribution that shows the clinical experience of a particular case, where descriptive, detailed information that serves as a teaching tool for the medical and scientific community is presented.

Book chapters: the publication of book chapters with a maximum length of 35 pages will be considered, and no more than one chapter per author may be published. The book chapter must be within the interests of the Revista Minerva and must go through the peer-review process.

PEER REVIEW PROCESS

Authors must submit their products through the OJS platform and will be informed on time of the dates for their submission.

In principle, the area of study, subject matter, format, and relevance of the article will be taken into account, notifying the authors of the following:

1.- That the article has passed to the peer review stage, considered experts in the area of study of the article. This process will last ten calendar days, taking into account the evaluation form in the OJS platform. This evaluation will be in double-blind mode for author(s) and evaluators, i.e., the evaluators will receive the article without the identity of the authors and any other data referring to them, and the authors will receive the observations without the evaluators' data. If there is no coherence between the evaluations, a third evaluation will be considered, complying with the double-blind standard. The evaluators will perform their work under the criteria of confidentiality and impartiality.

That the article is rejected for not being of interest to the journal or for presenting a format that is not established by the journal.

Once the article has been evaluated, the authors will be notified:

1.- That the article presents minor revisions that can be improved for its subsequent publication. Likewise, the author/s will have 15 calendar days to return the article with the suggested corrections, together with a letter stating the modifications made.

The editorial committee will evaluate whether the observations made have been complied with and, if it considers it pertinent, send it again to the peer reviewer. The publication decision will be subject to the agreement of the peer reviewer and the editorial committee, taking into account the observations made previously. In the case of disagreement with the peer reviewers' evaluations, the authors should send a letter of explanation justifying their position on the observations. The journal reserves the right to edit texts without changing the meaning of the article.

In cases where the article is already accepted, the authors must sign a declaration of originality and authorization of the rights of publication and reproduction of the same and the inclusion in databases, web pages, or electronic pages, national or international (Review Annex 1: Forms of Declaration of Originality and Declaration of Conflict of Interest). All the content of the articles, including texts, tables, figures, information in general, is included in the material to be published in the exclusive responsibility of the authors. Likewise, the article is the responsibility of its authors and does not necessarily reflect the thinking of the editorial committee.

That the article cannot be published because the modifications are too extensive or it is not suitable for the journal.

PERIODICITY OR FREQUENCY OF THE JOURNAL

Athenea Journal will have a quarterly periodicity: September-December-March-June. Calls for papers will be published on the journal's web page (www.autanabooks.com), and maybe published at dates outside the regular issues.

Athenea publishes a total of four regular issues per year:

1) March-May period.

2) June-August period.

3) September-November period.

4) December-February period

ETHICAL NORMS FOR PUBLICATION

The Journal Athenea takes as its Code of Ethics and Good Practices for editors of scientific journals, which is established by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) on its page http://publicationethics.org/. Taking into account what is established by the COPE, the journal commits itself to attending to the scientific quality of the publications and with an appropriate treatment to the demands of its readers, authors, and evaluators.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Authors must include, in addition to the article submitted to the Journal, a Declaration of Originality and Declaration of Conflict of Interest Form (See Annex 2). In addition, at the end of the article, after the conclusions, a paragraph should be added specifying this declaration, and the source of funding of the research that gave rise to the article should be included on the first page of the article.

PLAGIARISM AND SELF-PLAGIARISM

Authors interested in publishing in Revista Athenea should cite the sources of data used, figures, and all information explicitly and clearly. Always taking into account the citation rules of the Journal. Authors must guarantee the originality of the articles and the Journal will be in charge of reviewing these works to avoid bad publication practices such as duplicity, plagiarism, or self-plagiarism. The iThenticate software will be used to evaluate the percentage of originality, taking into account that for a paper to be considered original it should not exceed 20% of content contributed by other authors or its own. If the article presents originality irregularities, it will be rejected for publication.

DOI SYSTEM

The journal articles adhere to the DOI system, which establishes the technical and social infrastructure for the registration and use of identifiers for use in digital networks.