Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

International Journal of Robotics and Control Systems (IJRCS) aims to become the leading-edge, most comprehensive, and most reliable source of theoretical and practice-oriented research information in discoveries and inventions of robotics and control systems. Published papers are original manuscripts that modify a control technique/system to design or develop autonomous robots or systems.

The papers’ topic might be included in one or more of the following scopes:

  • Autonomous robots. Autonomous robots are intelligent machines capable of performing one or several tasks by themselves, without direct human control or force as an external influence. Topics from this scope may vary from implementation to control of robots’ manipulation, navigation, mapping, and vision.
  • Control systems. Topics from control systems are widely varied. Generally, a control system can be defined as anything that manages, instructs, informs, or commands any system or behavior to achieve preferenced results. Sub-topics may be included in non-linear or linear control systems, intelligent control systems, automation control systems, formation control. Specified sub-topics can be categorized into Fuzzy Logic Control, PID Control, Artificial Intelligence, state-feedback control, Sliding Mode Control.

Its scope includes Industrial Robots, Humanoid Robot, Flying Robot, Mobile Robot, Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) Controller, Feedback Control, Linear Control (Compensator, State Feedback, Servo State Feedback, Observer, etc.), Nonlinear Control (Feedback Linearization, Sliding Mode Controller, Backstepping, etc.), Robust Control, Adaptive Control (Model Reference Adaptive Control, etc.), Geometry Control, Intelligent Control (Fuzzy Logic Controller (FLC), Neural Network Control), Power Electronic Control, Artificial Intelligence, Embedded Systems, Internet of Things (IoT) in Control and Robot, Network Control System, Controller Optimization (Linear Quadratic Regulator (LQR), Coefficient Diagram Method, Metaheuristic Algorithm, etc.), Modelling and Identification System.


Section Policies


Peer Review Process

The peer-review process can be seen in Figure 1.
The submitted manuscript is first reviewed by an editor. It will be evaluated whether it is suitable for the International Journal of Robotics and Control Systems (IJRCS) focus and scope or has a major methodological flaw and similarity score by using the Plagiarism X Checker. The decision is accepted or rejected for the review process.

In the review process, the manuscript will be sent to at least two anonymous reviewers (Single-Blind Review). Reviewers' comments and suggested decisions are then sent to the editor.

The reviewer's comment and a suggested decision will be evaluated by the editor. Afterward, the editor will send the final decision to the corresponding author for necessary actions and responses. The decision is accepted, revised, or rejected.

Figure 1. Peer review process


Publication Frequency

IJRCS is a rapid journal that will publish four-issue a year in the period of January-March, April-June, July-September, and October-December.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Publications Ethics

International Journal of Robotics and Control Systems, called IJRCS, is committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics and takes all possible measures against any publication malpractices. The Editorial Board is responsible for, among others, preventing publication malpractice. Unethical behavior is unacceptable, and the IJRCS does not tolerate plagiarism in any form. Authors who submitted articles: affirm that manuscript contents are original. Furthermore, the authors’ submission also implies that the manuscript has not been published previously in any language, either wholly or partly, and is not currently submitted for publication elsewhere. Editors, authors, and reviewers, within the International Journal of Advances in Intelligent Informatics, are to be fully committed to good publication practice and accept the responsibility for fulfilling the following duties and responsibilities, as set by the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors. As part of the Core Practices, COPE has written guidelines on the http://publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines.

Section A: Publication and authorship 

  1. All submitted papers are subject to a strict peer-review process by reviewers that are experts in the area of the particular manuscript.
  2. The review process is double-blind peer-review.
  3. The factors that are taken into account in the review are relevance, soundness, significance, originality, readability, and language.
  4. The possible decisions include acceptance, acceptance with revisions, or rejection.
  5. If authors are encouraged to revise and resubmit a submission, there is no guarantee that the revised submission will be accepted.
  6. Rejected articles will not be re-reviewed.
  7. The paper acceptance is constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism.
  8. No research can be included in more than one publication. 

Section B: Authors’ responsibilities

  1. Authors must certify that their manuscripts are their original work.
  2. Authors must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere.
  3. Authors must certify that the manuscript is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere. 
  4. The authors must participate in the peer-review process. 
  5. Authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.
  6. All Authors mentioned in the paper must have significantly contributed to the research.
  7. The authors must state that all data in the paper are real and authentic.
  8. The authors must notify the Editors of any conflicts of interest.
  9. The authors must identify all sources used in the creation of their manuscript.
  10. Authors must report any errors they discover in their published paper to the Editors. 

Section C: Reviewers’ responsibilities

  1. Reviewers should keep all information regarding papers confidential and treat them as privileged information. 
  2. Reviews should be conducted objectively, with no personal criticism of the author.
  3. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
  4. Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.
  5. Reviewers should also call to the Editor in Chief’s attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
  6. Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers. 

Section D: Editors’ responsibilities

  1. Editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article.
  2. Editors are responsible for the contents and overall quality of the publication.
  3. Editors should always consider the needs of the authors and the readers when attempting to improve the publication.
  4. Editors should guarantee the quality of the papers and the integrity of the academic record.
  5. Editors should publish errata pages or make corrections when needed.
  6. Editors should have a clear picture of research funding sources.
  7. Editors should base their decisions solely on the papers’ importance, originality, clarity, and relevance to the publication’s scope.
  8. Editors should not reverse their decisions nor overturn the ones of previous editors without serious reason. 
  9. Editors should preserve the anonymity of reviewers. 
  10. Editors should ensure that all research material they publish conforms to internationally accepted ethical guidelines.
  11. Editors should only accept a paper when reasonably certain.
  12. Editors should act if they suspect misconduct, whether a paper is published or unpublished, and make all reasonable attempts to persist in obtaining a resolution to the problem.
  13. Editors should not reject papers based on suspicions; they should have proof of misconduct.
  14. Editors should not allow any conflicts of interest between staff, authors, reviewers, and board members.


Plagiarism Policy

The maximal plagiarism is 30% with each source maximal is 4%.


Withdrawal of Manuscripts

The author is not allowed to withdraw the submitted manuscripts because the withdrawal is a waste of valuable resources from editors and reviewers who spent a great deal of time processing the submitted manuscripts and works invested by the Publisher. However, the authors could suggest the withdrawal if there is no updated progress review information after six months from our side.

If the author still requests the withdrawal of his/her manuscript when the manuscript is still in the peer-reviewing process, the author will be punished by paying $200 per manuscript as a withdrawal penalty to the publisher. However, it is unethical to withdraw a submitted manuscript from one journal if accepted by another journal.

The withdrawal of the manuscript after the manuscript is accepted for publication. The author will be punished by paying US$400 per manuscript. Withdrawal of the manuscript is only allowed after the withdrawal penalty has been fully paid to the Publisher. If the author doesn't agree to pay the penalty, the author and his/her affiliation will be blacklisted for publication in this journal. Even his/her previously published articles will be removed from our online system.

Email for requesting withdrawal: alfian.maarif@te.uad.ac.id cc to ijrcs@ascee.org



The papers published in the International Journal of Robotics and Control Systems will be considered to retract in the publication if:

  1. They have clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g., data fabrication) or honest error (e.g., miscalculation or experimental error)
  2. the findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper crossreferencing, permission, or justification (i.e., cases of redundant publication)
  3. it constitutes plagiarism
  4. it reports unethical research

The mechanism of retraction follows the Retraction Guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), which can be accessed at https://publicationethics.org/files/retraction%20guidelines.pdf.


Conflict of Interest

All authors must disclose all relationships or interests that could inappropriately influence or bias their work. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include but are not limited to financial interests (such as membership, employment, consultancies, stocks/shares ownership, honoraria, grants or other funding, paid expert testimonies, and patent-licensing arrangements) and non-financial interests (such as personal or professional relationships, affiliations, personal beliefs).

See below for examples of disclosures:

Conflicts of Interest: Author A has received research grants from Company A. Author B has received a speaker honorarium from Company X and owns stocks in Company Y. Author C has been involved as a consultant and expert witness in Company Z. Author D is the inventor of patent X.

If no conflicts exist, the authors should state:

Conflicts of Interest: The authors declare no conflicts of interest.