The IABPAD is concerned with all aspects of its record keeping. The IABPAD archiving policy ensures that the IABPAD journals are adequately documented through the creation of records that are managed in accordance with the best practice.

The IABPAD studied approaches to the archiving of its journals, doing its best effort to adapt to evolving technology. Because of the still emerging nature of electronic records, the IABPAD understands that there are many technical issues about how archiving will be accomplished by publishers. However, the IABPAD provides an archive of all its journals electronically.

The purpose of this policy is to establish a framework for effective archiving for all published articles in the IABPAD refereed journals since 2004. This policy sets standards for classifying, storing and managing all those articles.
The IABPAD is committed to preserve all articles published in refereed journals. The IABPAD administration strongly believes that preserving the articles published in the IABPAD journals is essential for the IABPAD, authors, and future generations of scholars and researchers.

All published articles by the IABPAD are stored in hard copies and in electronic format. The electronic format is backed up by electronic storage on computers and disks. The IABPAD strives to ensure the longevity of its published articles. All published research articles will be
available in hard copies and electronic version.

Electronic documents are the same as paper documents. Both electronic and paper documents have the same importance and the same requirements, and they have the same degree of authenticity and confidentiality.

The IABPAD stores all its electronic files in conditions that are clean and secure, without a risk of damage from fire, water, dampness and mold. Also, all electronic files are kept away from sources of light, humidity, and heat. The IABPAD storage area is well ventilated and maintained
at a stable temperature.


The IABPAD is committed to maintaining the integrity of the scholarly records and contents of the articles published in its refereed journals. This policy is implemented as follows:

Article Retraction–In consultation with the author(s) and the reviewers of a published article, the editor determines the retraction of such an article. Such retraction occurs if duplicate submissions or publications exist, if the data is plagiarized, if the article included wrong
calculations, or if the conclusion of that article was based on wrong calculation(s) as revealed by new information made available after the publication of the article.

However, before any retraction can be published, the authors are required to sign and submit a statement to the editor of the journal. If co-authors oppose the article’s retraction, the editor of the journal can publish the retraction and identify the dissenting co-authors. When a retraction is published, a note will be placed in the article published earlier. Sometimes, the retraction is partial. Therefore, the retraction note will be a “partial retraction.”

Article Correction(s)–When any error is discovered in an article after its publication in one of the IABPAD journals, corrections will be published in the next issue of the journal based on a mutual agreement between the publisher and the author(s) on the suggested corrections. In the case of minor corrections that do not significantly affect the content and understanding of the article (e.g., spelling mistakes and grammatical errors) such corrections will not be published.

The corrections will be published only if significant errors exist in the published article (e.g., wrong published information). The published correction(s) will be linked to the article that has been corrected. In addition, a link will be attached to the corrected page(s) of the article
published earlier. Thus, readers will be able to download the article and its amendment together. To maintain the integrity of the published record, the original published version of the article in the PDF format will be preserved in the IABPAD journal archives.

Article Removal–The removal of an article occurs if the article violates the copyright of others, if the article is infringing on others’ legal rights, if a court order is issued to stop the distribution of the article, or if a legal problem arises or is expected to arise. When an article is removed from the journal, the article text has to be replaced by a note stating that the article has been removed from the journal and the reason for this removal.

Article Replacement—In case of a false or inaccurate data discovered in an article, the author(s) of the article can retract the article and replace it by a corrected version. In such a case, the article will be retracted according to the IABPAD retraction procedure. A retraction notice will be placed in the PDF version of the corrected-republished article.

Article Withdrawal–If an article violates the ethical guidelines of the IABPAD journals such as plagiarism, use of false data, a false claim of authorship, multiple submission or duplicate publication, the publisher can withdraw the article and post a note indicating that the article has
been withdrawn. The author or publisher can also withdraw an article before its formal publication with complete information about volume, issue, and the number of the article pages. On the other hand, if the authors request the withdrawal of an article, they are required to submit
a signed letter to the Editor of the journal before the article can be withdrawn.