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, of which we will list the most common ones below:
Duties of the
Editor-in-chief, Editorial Team and Editorial Board
The 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
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.
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not use unpublished manuscripts to conduct their own research without the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.
and cooperation in investigations
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 publication.
Duties of the
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 scientific method.
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 review process.
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
be conducted in an objective manner, without the author being personally criticized.
The reviewer should express his / her views in a clear and reasoned manner.
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.
Conflict of Interest
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
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.
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.
Redundant or Concurrent Publication
In 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.
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.
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.
Conflicts of Interest
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.
errors in published works
When an 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.
In the 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 third-party archives