Romanian Astronomical Journal

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  • Professional  and Ethical Standards for
    Romanian Astronomical Journal (RoAJ)

    Copyright

    The submission of a manuscript carries with it the author's assurance that:

    • - it has not been copyrighted or published or accepted elsewhere (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review, or thesis);
    • - it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere;
    • - its publication has been approved by all co-authors.
    Authors must transfer the copyright on the scientific material accepted for publication in the Romanian Astronomical Journal to the Romanian Academy Publishing House, which will protect them with respect to correct quotation of their paper, or parts of it, under the conditions of free access to the journal on the internet. The copyright transfer agreement form may be downloaded from here, completed and sent to the journal email address.

    Romanian Astronomical Journal is an open source journal with no processing fees.

    Responsibilities of authors

    The articles are accepted only in English language (very seldom in French) and in the journal defined style. It is the authors obligation to edit the article camera ready. Please pay much attention to the notices in the authors guidelines section.

    The manuscripts must be sent in RoAJ style. Our policy is to introduce a manuscript in the revision process only when we receive all files (the latex file and figures). We reject the non-compliant articles.

    It is the authors responsibilities to care about the authorship criteria (please read here about these criteria).

    The authors should understand the standards of ethical behavior, particularly in relation to the publication and dissemination of their research and the reference the work of others, with appropriate bibliographic references.

    Plagiarism is a serious violation of professional ethics. The plagiarism consists in reproducing text or other materials from other papers without properly crediting the source. Authors who quote directly from other published work must fully cite the original reference, and include any cited text in quotation marks. Figures may only be reproduced with permission and must be fully cited in the figure caption.

    Self-plagiarism represents the reproduction of old texts or results of the same author and is also considerate as a bad practice in publication process.

    The manuscripts that violate these ethics rules are rejected and the authors are not welcome to submit anymore manuscripts to our journals for a two years period.

    Peer review process

    Manuscripts are subject to a single blind peer-review process in which authors’ identities are known to reviewers, but reviewers are anonymous.
    Upon receiving, each manuscript is registered with a file number and date of reception. The Editor in Chief or the Scientific Secretary verify that it is appropriate for RoAJ; if not, the submission is immediately rejected. Provided the manuscript is suitable for RoAJ, the Editor in Chief or a delegated member of the Editorial Board contacts potential external reviewers in the manuscript’s scientific area in order to start the reviewing process.
    Once a reviewer is found, his/her report is expected within four weeks. If more time is needed, the reviewer must contact the Editor in Chief. There are one or two reviews per article, depending the decision of the first reviewer and the difficulty of the problems.

    The corresponding author is informed on the decision of acceptance or rejection of the submitted manuscript within an interval  of maximum two months from the submission date.

    The Editor in Chief or the Scientific Secretary are responsible for the final format corrections of an accepted RoAJ submission.

    Referees should adhere to high standards of ethical treatment of all authors in arriving at responsible and objective recommendations about the publication of material that they assess. A referee who suspects any element of plagiarism in a manuscript under consideration, or any other unethical behavior, should quickly report these concerns to the editor. Referees should validate the correctness, significance, novelty, and clarity of a manuscript under consideration, and then report their findings to the editor in a careful and constructive manner.

    Conflict of interest

    The reviewers should have no conflict of interest.
    The authors may identify individuals who they believe are conflicted and should not serve as referees, and reciprocally, the persons who are asked to review a manuscript should identify any potential conflicts of interest.

    The authors can complain about there to the Editor in chief, by email to roaj@aira.astro.ro . Another reviewer will be found.