Ethics of scientific publishing
Romanian Military Thinking, published by the Romanian Armed Forces Defence Staff, is a scientific journal with acknowledged prestige in the field of “Military Science, Intelligence and Public Order”, in keeping with the evaluation carried out by the National Council for Titles, Diplomas and Certificates (CNATDCU) in 2011.
It aims to comply with the principles regarding the ethics and quality of scientific publishing, its activity taking place in accordance with the following principles:
The articles reflect the scientific work of authors, and that is why it is important to agree upon standards of ethical behaviour. The authors submitting articles to be published in the Romanian Military Thinking Journal must write them in accordance with the journal’s submission norms, as required in the printed format or on the journal’s website. The responsibility for the originality and content of the published articles rests exclusively to the authors, who must confirm that they are not plagiarised or have not been published in other journals or books. Offensive, abusive, racist, obscene or sexual connotations are not allowed.
An article should comprise sufficient details and references to allow its publication. If, within it, works of other authors are mentioned or small fragments from these works are reproduced, the author must provide proper citation. Fake or deliberately inaccurate statements represent unethical behaviour and are unacceptable. Publishing articles should also be accurate and objective and editorial opinion” work should be identified as such.
The following violations of the principles of ethics for the publication of articles in scientific journals are not allowed under any circumstances: plagiarism (full, partial, or self-plagiarism, the article being automatically rejected), conflict of interests (authors, editors or scientific reviewers must notify of any possible conflict of interests affecting the impartiality of the evaluation of the article submitted for publication) research fraud (falsifying, fabricating data or deliberately misinterpreting them to support research) etc.
Cover letter
Any proposal to publish an article in Romanian Military Thinking Journal must be accompanied by a cover letter. It should include information about the author, a statement through which he guarantees that the article is original and it has not been published elsewhere, as well as some arguments in favour of the publication of the article in the journal and the reason the author has chosen this particular journal.
The editors are the ones who make decisions regarding the articles to be published in the journal. They are helped in making these decisions by scientific reviewers and must ensure all the conditions necessary in order for the article’s peer-review process to take place objectively, according to a well-established protocol, in compliance with all scientific regulations in force and the principles regarding publishing ethics. The editors are required not to disclose the identity of authors before the articles are published in the journal and not to use the articles in other way other than that desired by the author.
Scientific reviewers
Scientific reviewers are experts in a particular topic addressed by the author, chosen for their objectivity and expertise in the scientific areas addressed and whose main role within the editorial staff is to conduct the peer-review process, as described below. They provide written evaluation of articles, indicating the pros and cons of the article and the compliance with the good conduct code for publishing in scientific journals.
Peer-review process
Each manuscript accepted for peer review is assigned an identification number that is used throughout the review and publication process, thus preventing reviewers from bringing personal bias to bear on their review.
The problems approached in the manuscript are typically reviewed by two reviewers.
The peer review process aims at:
- the importance and the originality of the topic;
- the clarity of the ideas expressed;
- the accuracy and validity of the content;
- the value of the contribution to the development of the military theory and practice;
- the implications for the development of the military science;
- the overall impression.
The recommendations of the reviewers are sent to the editorial staff. After reviewing these recommendations, the editorial staff will make a decision concerning the manuscript, as follows: decline the opportunity to publish, request a third-party evaluation, request additional revision by the author or accept the manuscript as it is.
The editorial decision is conveyed to the author who may ask for a copy of the review.
Authors may contact the editorial staff any time during the process, asking questions regarding the status of their manuscript.


Hazards and human or animal subjects

If the activity described in the article should involve chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify these in the manuscript. If the work involves the use of animal or human subjects, the author should ensure that the manuscript contains a statement that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) has approved them. Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of human subjects must always be observed.



If an image is taken from another article or book, the authors must quote its source.
Appropriate consents, permissions and releases must be obtained if an author wishes to include details regarding a certain case, with human subjects, or other personal information or images.
Particular care should be taken with obtaining consent where children are concerned (in particular, where a child has special needs or learning disabilities).