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SCIA.AP’s ethics and malpractice statement is based on the current Romanian legal framework and the guidelines recommended by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), to which we adhere. 


Impartiality and Editorial Independence
Editors evaluate manuscripts exclusively based on their academic merit (importance, originality, study’s validity, clarity) and their relevance to the journal’s Aims and Scope, without regard to the authors’ ethnicity, citizenship, race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, or institutional affiliation. The Editor-in-Chief has full authority over the content of the journal and the publishing schedule and is independent of any political or interest group interference. 

SCIA.AP’s editorial team will not disclose any information about submitted manuscripts to anyone other than the members of the advisory board, members of the editorial board, editorial assistants and photographers, reviewers, and the publisher.

Ethical Oversight, Complaints, and Investigations
Editors, in conjunction with the publisher and the academic board of the G. Oprescu Institute of Art History, will take responsive measures to clarify the situations when ethical concerns are raised internally or by third parties concerning submitted manuscripts or published materials. Every reported act of unethical publishing behavior will be looked into, regardless of the time of the complaint.
If on investigation the ethical concern proves to be of substance, an erratum, correction, apology, explanatory editorial note, as seen fit, will be published in the journal. If grave ethical misconducts are ascertained, the affected work will be taken down from the SCIA.AP website and a retraction statement will be issued.
The editors, along with the publisher, shall take the appropriate steps to prevent the publication of works resulting from unethical conduct, will not encourage such practices, or not knowingly allow such misconduct to pass.
The editors will also take into consideration the current legal requirements regarding copyright infringement and plagiarism. 

Conflicts of Interest
Members of the editorial team (the advisory board, the editorial board, editorial assistants and photographers, reviewers) will not use unpublished data, information, or ideas disclosed in manuscripts submitted for review or publication in SCIA.AP for their own research purposes without the authors’ explicit written consent.
Editors will recuse themselves from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, personal, or other connections with the authors or the institutions the authors are affiliated to.


Authorship and Contributorship
The author(s) of a manuscript is/are the person(s) who conceived, researched, documented, drafted, wrote, and revised the text of the manuscript submitted for review. The main author(s) should ensure that all co-authors (according to the above author’s definition) are listed and that no fraudulent authors are credited. In the case of multiple authorship, all the co-authors must approve the manuscript’s text and agree to its submission for publication in SCIA.AP.
All the persons that made substantial contributions to the text of the manuscript submitted for review (such as technical and editing assistance, proofing, or translation) but who do not meet the criteria for authorship previously listed, cannot consequently be considered authors, but can be acknowledged in a note at the beginning or the end of the manuscript, as the author(s) see(s) fit.

Authors’ Obligations Resulting from Peer Review
Authors must participate and cooperate fully in the peer review process. The peer review is blind and will be conducted by two referees (experts in the field). The communication between the authors and the referees will be mediated by the members of the editorial board and the editorial assistants.
The authors must respond promptly to the editors’ requests for corrections, revisions, and clarifications. In the cases when revisions or corrections are required, the authors should follow and respond to the reviewers’ comments systematically, point by point, and promptly, revising and re-submitting their manuscript to the journal by the deadline given.

Intellectual Property & Copyright Info
By publishing with SCIA.AP, the authors agree to transfer the copyright of their articles to Editura Academiei Române [The Publishing House of the Romanian Academy]. They may not re-publish the paper in other journals or in a collective/edited volume without the written permission of the original publisher.
The publisher has the right to reprint articles or their abstracts in volume form, place them in digital repositories, or publish them online on open access platforms.
Authors retain the right to use all or part of their text in the preparation of derivative works, the extension of the article into book-length, or in other work, such as a doctoral thesis. They also have the right to publish the article in a book of their own or on an online platform for sharing academic research. In all these cases, authors are asked to provide acknowledgment of the original publication in SCIA.AP (article title, journal name, tome number, year of publication, and page numbers).

Originality, Plagiarism, Self-Plagiarism, Errors
Authors must submit only entirely original works. Any written, oral or audiovisual materials and works used in the elaboration of the submitted manuscript should be appropriately cited, complying with SCIA.AP’s guidelines for authors.
Any form of plagiarism – claiming another author’s paper and/or research as one’s own, appropriating another author’s ideas, conclusions, interpretations (without attribution) – or self-plagiarism – submitting a previously published material, whether abridged, unabridged, or translated (without disclosure or proper citation) – constitutes unethical publishing behavior and will result in the rejection or retraction of the manuscript or paper in question.

Post-publication discussions and corrections
If authors discover significant errors in their published work, they must notify SCIA.AP’s editors and collaborate with them to either issue an erratum or to retract the paper. If the editors learn from a third party that a published work contains significant errors or inaccuracies, then the authors must correct or retract the paper or provide evidence of the correctness of the paper.


Site visitors are permitted to download and print SCIA.AP articles for personal or educational use. Further reproduction and/or distribution is not allowed, except for brief excerpts or quotations intended for inclusion in an original work.

If excerpts from a SCIA.AP article are used in other original work, proper bibliographical information must be provided, together with the URL perma-link.

Altering, editing or otherwise modifying the content of SCIA.AP articles is a breach of copyright.



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