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RRDI promotes scientific contributions of the highest quality and is open to publish such contributions by Romanian and foreign professors, students, practitioners and policy makers in the field of international law.

Structure

Papers must be written in Microsoft Word format, in English or French. They should be between 6 and 10 pages (including footnotes), should include an abstract of no more than 200 words and must comply with the style of the template (see below). Also, proposals should include a short biography of the author, in no more than 5 lines, indicating institutional affiliation, studies and major professional achievements of the author.

For detailed information about the format to be followed, please see the document ”How-to-Prepare-your-Paper-in-Printer-Ready-Format”, which is also a template in which the proposed material can be directly edited or inserted.

Review Process

The Romanian Journal of International Law has a rigorous scientific, peer review verification process of proposals for publication. In addition to verifying the compliance with the required format, selected items can receive proposals, comments and/or suggestions from reviewers / the editorial committee for improving the structure and/or further developing the paper.

Address and date of submission

The paper must be submitted by e-mail, together with a brief curriculum vitae of the author (minimum 1 page, maximum 2 pages), at the following email addresses: bogdan.aurescu@drept.unibuc.ro; ion.galea@drept.unibuc.ro; lazar_elena2@yahoo.com.

The editorial board accepts proposals for papers throughout the year, and the authors of selected papers will be contacted in due time for the review.

Guidelines on publishing ethics at RRDI

The Romanian Journal of International Law (RJIL or RRDI – the acronym in Romanian) is a biannual publication of the Romanian Branch of the International Law Association (ILA), which is also the Section of International Law of the Association of International Law and International Relations (ADIRI) of Romania.

The integrity of our academic content and publishing process is paramount. This document outlines the best practice principles that we apply to e- journal. We hope these guidelines will be useful to many different groups, including authors, peer reviewers and editors 

We uphold high standards and expect research published by RRDI to abide by the principles within the following principles.

These principles cover: 

  • honesty in all aspects of research; 
  • scrupulous care, thoroughness and excellence in research practice; 
  • transparency and open communication; 
  • care and respect for all participants in and subjects of research. 
  • accountability both for one’s own research integrity and that of others when behaviour falls short of our standards. 

In addition to the general principles above, we expect our e-journal editorial teams to provide specific guidelines and policies for authors on research integrity and ethics appropriate to their subject matter and discipline.

Anyone who believes that research published by RRDI has not been carried out in line with these Academic Research Publishing Ethics Guidelines, or the above principles, should raise their concern with the relevant editor or email elena.lazar@drept.unibuc.ro

Editorial Process 

We are committed to editorial independence, and strive in all cases to prevent this principle from being compromised through competing interests, fear, or any other corporate, business, financial or political influence. Our editorial processes reflect this commitment to editorial independence. 

We do not discriminate against authors, editors or peer reviewers based on personal characteristics or identity. We are committed to embedding diversity, removing barriers to inclusion, and promoting equity at every stage of our publishing process. We actively seek and encourage submissions from scholars of diverse backgrounds, including race and ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, and disability. 

We do not tolerate abusive behaviour or correspondence towards our staff and others involved in the publishing process on our behalf. If anyone involved in this process engages in such behaviour we have the right to take action to protect others from this abuse. This may include, for example, withdrawal of a manuscript from consideration, or challenging clearly abusive peer review comments. 

Peer Review 

Peer review is critical to maintaining the standards of our publications. We: 

  • provide appropriate systems, training and support to facilitate rigorous, fair and effective peer review for all our publications; 
  • encourage our editors and peer reviewers to familiarise themselves with and act in accordance with relevant best practice guidelines on peer review 
  • expect those who oversee the peer review process to be able to recognise warning signs of fraudulent or manipulated peer review, and to raise any concerns about this
  • support our editors and peer reviewers in investigating and acting on any suspected cases of manipulated or fraudulent peer review; 
  • protect the confidentiality of participants in the peer review process where anonymity forms part of that publication’s peer review process. 

Authorship and Contributorship 

Where no other guidance is specified, we recommend applying the following principles.1 

  1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; and/or 
  2. Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and/or 
  3. Final approval of the version to be published; and 
  4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the article and to ensure that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved. 

The corresponding author’s specific responsibilities include: 

  • Article correction and proofreading. Handling the revisions and re-submission of revised articles up to the acceptance of it. 
  • Acting on behalf of all co-authors in responding to queries from all sources post-publication, including questions relating to publishing ethics, reuse of content, or the availability of data, materials, resources etc. 

Affiliations 

Any article affiliations should represent the institution(s) at which the research presented was conducted and/or supported and/or approved. For non-research content, any affiliations should represent the institution(s) with which each author is currently affiliated. 

Plagiarism 

RRDI defines plagiarism as ‘using someone else’s ideas, words, data, or other material produced by them without acknowledgement’.

Plagiarism can occur in respect to all types of sources and media, including: 

  • text, illustrations, musical quotations, extended mathematical derivations, computer code, etc.; 
  • material downloaded from websites or drawn from manuscripts or other media; 
  • published and unpublished material, including lectures, presentations and grey literature. 

We do not tolerate plagiarism in any of our publications, and we reserve the right to check all submissions through appropriate plagiarism checking tools. Submissions containing suspected plagiarism, in whole or part, will be rejected. If plagiarism is discovered postpublication, we will follow our guidance outlined in the Retractions, Corrections and Expressions of Concern section of these guidelines. We expect our readers, reviewers and editors to raise any suspicions of plagiarism, either by contacting the relevant editor or by emailing elena.lazar@drept.unibuc.ro 

Duplicate and Redundant Publication 

Duplicate or redundant publication, or ‘self-plagiarism’, occurs when a work, or substantial parts of a work, is published more than once by the author(s) of the work without appropriate cross-referencing or justification for the overlap. This can be in the same or a different language.2 

We do not support substantial overlap between publications, unless: 

  • it is felt that editorially this will strengthen the academic discourse; and 
  • we have clear approval from the original publication; and 
  • we include citation of the original source. 

We expect our readers, reviewers and editors to raise any suspicions of duplicate or redundant publication, either by contacting the relevant editor or by emailing elena.lazar@drept.unibuc.ro 

Copyright and licensing

Open Access authors retain the copyrights of their papers and grant the journal right of first publication The use of general descriptive names, trade names, trademarks, and so forth in this publication, even if not specifically identified, does not imply that these names are not protected by the relevant laws and regulations. While the advice and information in this journal are considered to be true and accurate on the date of its publication, neither the editors, nor the publisher can accept any legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may be made. The publisher makes no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the material contained herein.

Author fees

As a not-for-profit online publisher, we are part of, and are led by the research community.  We are truly committed to help shape and advance the implementation of open research in academic publishing, exploring and innovating models that will ensure sustainability and quality, while maximizing the benefits that openness can offer. Publishing Open Access (OA) allows anyone, anywhere to find, read, and benefit from your research. 

As such, RRDI journal is accessible for free on the Internet and the authors receive no fee and implicitly no university library or individual reader will have to buy a subscription or pay any pay-per-view fees to access articles in the electronic version of the journal. There is hence no revenue at RRDI neither from the sale of subscriptions to the electronic version of the journal nor from pay-per-view fees. 

Retractions, Corrections and Expressions of Concern 

 If an author is found to have made an error, the journal will issue a corrigendum. If the journal is found to have made an error, they will issue an erratum. Retractions are usually reserved for articles that are so seriously flawed that their findings or conclusions should not be relied upon, or that contain substantial plagiarism or life-endangering content. 

In exceptional cases, we may remove an article from online publication where we believe it is necessary to comply with our legal obligations. This includes, without limitation, where we have concerns that the article is defamatory, violates personal privacy or confidentiality laws, is the subject of a court order, or might pose a serious health risk to the general

Image Manipulation, Falsification and Fabrication 

Where research data are collected or presented as images, modifying these images can sometimes misrepresent the results obtained or their significance. We recognise that there can be legitimate reasons for modifying images, but we expect authors to avoid modifying images where this leads to the falsification, fabrication, or misrepresentation of their results. 

Fraudulent Research and Research Misconduct 

Where we are made aware of fraudulent research or research misconduct by an RRDI author, our first concern is the integrity of content we have published. Any publication found to include fraudulent results will be retracted, or an appropriate correction or expression of concern will be issued. Please see the Retractions, Corrections and Expressions of Concern section of these guidelines for more information. 

Data and Supporting Evidence 

We support transparency and openness around data, code, and other materials associated with research. We expect authors to maintain accurate records of supporting evidence necessary to allow others to understand, verify, and replicate new findings, and to supply or provide access to this supporting evidence, on reasonable request. Where appropriate and where allowed by their employer, funding body or others who might have an interest, we encourage authors to: 

  • deposit evidence in a suitable repository or storage location, for sharing and further use by others; and 
  • describe where the evidence may be found in a Data Availability Statement which authors should include in their publication. 

Integrity of Record 

We maintain a record of the existence of everything we publish with information (metadata) describing each publication. If our content is deemed not to comply with the laws of a sovereign nation, we make every effort to ensure the metadata remain accessible within that jurisdiction. 

Useful Contacts

elena.lazar@drept.unibuc.ro