Publication Ethics, Principles of Transparency and Best Practice
Notulae Scientia Biologicae adheres to "Publication Ethics", respectively to "Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing", as they were developed and/or described by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICJME), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (Consort), the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
Governing body: Notulae Scientia Biologicae is published by AcademicPres (EAP - AcademicPres Publishing House), on behalf of Horticulture and Forestry Society from Transylvania (SHST). Publisher (SHST) appears on journal information web page (https://www.notulaebiologicae.ro/index.php/nsb/about). Journal editorial committee and board whose members are recognized experts in the subject areas are included within the journal's presentation and scope (https://www.notulaebiologicae.ro/index.php/nsb/about/editorialTeam).
Editorial team/contact information: the full names and affiliations of the journal editors and members of the committee and board are provided on the journal web site: see Editorial Board. The journal also provides on the web site the information for the editorial office (see Journal Contact).
Peer review process: peer review is defined as obtaining advice on individual manuscripts from reviewers expert in the field who are not part of the journal's editorial staff. This process, as well as any policies related to the journal peer review procedures, is clearly described on the journal web site:
Author fees: There are no publication fees, due SHST supports to increase the visibility, accessibility and reputation of the researchers, regardless of geography and their budgets.
Copyright: copyright and licensing information is clearly described on the journal's web site. Papers published in Notulae Scientia Biologicae are Open-Access articles distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License.
© Articles by the authors; licensee SHST, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The papers are open access articles distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses).
Open Access Journal: users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. The journal allows the author(s) to hold the copyright/to retain publishing rights without restriction.
Measures for avoid misconduct in publishing: publisher and editors will take reasonable steps in order to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others. In no case the journal or its editors encourage such misconduct, or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place. In the event that a journal's publisher or editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct relating to a published article in their journal - the publisher or editor shall follow ethical publication's guidelines in dealing with allegations. Consequently, the journal imposes the respect of all standards of ethical behaviour for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the authors, the editors, the reviewers, the publisher, the societies and sponsors, as they are stipulated by Elsevier in "Publishing Ethics" (https://www.elsevier.com/about/our-business/policies/publishing-ethics).
Anti-Plagiarism and Scientific Integrity
All submitted manuscripts are evaluated in terms of plagiarism before the peer review process, in the first stage of analyses (scanned for plagiarism in the preliminary editorial evaluation). The manuscripts with a similarity ratio of plagiarism considered too high (eg. 10-20%) are the subjects of an in-depth analysis by the editorial board. Depending on the result of the analysis, these manuscripts may be rejected directly or returned to the authors together with the anti-plagiarism report, for a possible new submission. Consequently, before submitting manuscripts to the journal, the authors are invited to check the similarity status/ratio in the work with appropriate plagiarism software programs (iThenticate, Turnitin, etc.).
The authors are fully responsible for their work and they hold sole responsibility for the articles published in the journal. The editors, editorial board and publisher do not assume any responsibility for the contents of the articles and the authors' views expressed in their contributions.
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