Business Excellence and Management
accepts and adheres to the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics
(COPE). Therefore, it is expected that editors, reviewers and authors to agree
and follow the best-practice guidelines on ethical behaviour as they participate
and interact in the process of publication. The Editorial Team, Reviewers and
Authors must comply with a set of duties,
we will list the most common ones below:
Duties of the Editor-in-chief, Editorial Team and Editorial Board
editors of the journal have the obligation, responsibility and freedom to decide
which of the articles submitted by the authors will be published without regard
to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, citizenship or the
political orientation of the authors. The editorial team, reviewers or editorial
board members can assist in making these decisions. We undertake not to take
into account the eventual revenues brought by the editorial activity, as they
have no impact, and will not have any influence for such decisions.
editorial team, including editor-in-chief and editorial board assumes that it
will not disclose any information related to an article received for publication
to any third party, other than the corresponding author, reviewers and
publisher, under appropriate conditions.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Editor-in-chief, Editorial Staff and members of the Editorial Board will not use
unpublished manuscripts to conduct their own research without the written
consent of the authors. The information and ideas gained from the peer-review
process will remain confidential and will not be used to gain benefits for
itself. Editors should recuse themselves (i.e. should ask a co-editor, associate
editor or other member of the editorial board instead of review and consider)
from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting
from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any
of the authors, companies, or (possibly) institutions connected to the papers.
The publishers of the journal should ask all those involved to disclose relevant
competing interests, but also to publish any corrections after publication,
should the conflict of interest be discovered later. If necessary, other actions
can be taken such as withdrawing the article or expressing concern about the
existence of a conflict of interest, as the case may be.
Involvement and cooperation in investigations
will react as quickly as possible when dealing with ethical complaints regarding
a manuscript submitted for publication or published in the journal. The measures
they will take will mean contacting the author and notifying the author of the
situation, with the recommendation to take measures to respond to the complaint.
Also, other measures such as further communication to competent institutions and
research bodies, publication of corrections, withdrawal of the paper, may be
adopted as appropriate. Every reported act of unethical publishing behaviour
must be looked into, even if it is discovered years after the initial
Duties of the Reviewers
Contribution to editorial decisions
peer-review activity is meant to assist the publisher in making the best
editorial decisions, and through indirect communication with the author, this
activity can assist the author in improving the work. Peer-review activity is a
crucial component of formal scholarly communication and is the base of the
reviewer who considers that he or she does not have sufficient expertise to
review a particular work or knows that he / she cannot be prompt in providing a
relevant review should notify the publisher and not assume participation in the
work received for review should be treated as strictly confidential. It may not
be shown or discussed with third parties unless the publisher has agreed to do
Standards of Objectivity
must be conducted in an objective manner, without the author being personally
criticized. The reviewer should express his / her views in a clear and reasoned
Acknowledgement of Sources
Reviewers will make efforts to identify relevant research that has not been
cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, argument, idea was
previously reported must be substantiated by the relevant citation. A reviewer
will draw the publisher's attention if he notices that the manuscript is similar
to an already published work he knows.
Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
information and ideas gained from the peer-review process will remain
confidential and will not be used to gain benefits for itself. Reviewers should
not consider 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.
Duties of the Authors
of original research should present the research in an accurate manner and
discuss the objectives and significance level of the results. The data
underlying the research should be presented in the most accurate way. A research
article should contain enough details and references to allow other researchers
to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute
unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.
Originality and Plagiarism
must ensure that they have submitted works that belong to them and are original,
and if they used works, ideas, words from other authors, they were cited or
quoted accordingly. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing
behaviour and is unacceptable. The Business Excellence and Management journal
uses specialized plagiarism detection software, approved at the institutional
level, and the works that exceed the agreed coefficients of plagiarism will be
rejected, the authors of the respective works being forbidden any future
publication in this journal.
Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication
general, an author should not publish works that actually describe the same
research in more than one publication. Submitting the same article to more than
one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is
unacceptable. Authors are not allowed to submit for consideration in another
journal a previously published paper.
Acknowledgement of Sources
proper acknowledgment of the works of other authors must be given. The authors
should cite the publications that were decisive for the research carried out.
Information obtained privately through conversations, correspondence or
discussions with third parties should not be used without the written permission
of the source of that information. The information obtained during the review
processes, for example, cannot be used without the written permission of the
author of the work.
Authorship of the Paper
Authorship represents those who have made a significant contribution to the
design, execution or interpretation of the reported research results. Everyone
who has made a significant contribution should be listed as co-authors.
Corresponding author must ensure that all appropriate co-authors and all
inappropriate co-authors are included as such in the paper and that each of them
saw and approved the final draft of the paper and also agreed with the
submission and publication of it.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
authors must disclose in their work if there are conflicts of interest that
could influence the results or the interpretation of the work. All sources of
financial support must be disclosed. Potential conflicts of interest should be
disclosed as soon as possible.
Fundamental errors in published works
author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published
work, it is his/her duty to immediately notify the journal editor using the
contact details provided on the website and to cooperate with him/her to
retract or correct the paper.
Access to journal content
event that the journal is no longer published, we are committed to ensuring
permanent availability and conservation of scholarly research by maintaining our
own digital archive. This digital archive will be maintained through the
Bucharest University of Economic Studies servers and can be consulted at the
university library. Also, the website would remain active, providing access to
articles published until that stage and the title would also remain in the