Editorial policies

Focus and scopePublication FrequencyOpen Access PolicyPeer review processPublication Ethics and Malpractice StatementJournal indexing

Focus and scope

Social Sciences and Education Research Review (SSERR) – Online: ISSN 2393-1264, ISSN-L 2392-9863, Print: ISSN: 2392-9863, ISSN-L: 2392-9863 – is an academic international, bi-annual, press and online journal published by the Center for Scientific Research in Communication Sciences, Media and Public Opinion (CCSCMOP)  and the Department of Communication, Journalism and Education Sciences of the Faculty of Letters from the University of Craiova. (The printed edition is published by Sitech Publishing House – Craiova, a prestigious publishing house acknowledged by the Ministry of National Education of Romania).

           Social Sciences and Education Research Review is an open-access journal that adheres to the standards of double blinded peer-review.
            The scientific review assumes the mission to publish only significant contributions, original papers on communication, journalistic and educational phenomena, practices, methods, techniques and procedures. It also publishes reviews of books with high impact within the field of social sciences. Avoiding plagiarism and respecting the intellectual property, the journal intents to edit and publish high-quality, innovative, practical and influential research.
            Focusing on communication, journalism and Education Sciences, it aims to be an interdisciplinary journal. So it is open to contributions coming from all social sciences disciplines.
            The journal publishes theoretical and practical papers covering topics from the universe of social sciences:
            – communication studies, communicology, communication theory;
            – journalism, journalistic communication, media business;
            – education theory, educational policies, educational curriculum, early education, pre-university education, higher education, adult education,educational psychology, educational management, initial and continuous teacher training, educational counseling and career, education economics;
            – sociology, anthropology, political science;
            – culture and life, philosophy, psychology.
            Through Social Sciences and Education Research Review, the Department of Communication, Journalism and Education Sciences of the University of Craiova – Romania, European Union, is committed to academic excellence in research and didactic intervention.
             SSERR is sent for inclusion at the National Library of Romania.
            All articles are published under the CC BY-NC-SA license. The copyright belongs to the authors, which retain publishing rights without any restrictions, as evidenced in our Héloïse policy.

Publication Frequency

Social Sciences and Education Research Review is published biannually since 2014. Both the current issues and the archive are available online.

Open Access Policy

Social Sciences and Education Research Review encourages immediate open access the published content, encouraging freely available research for any academic. All articles are published under the CC BY-ND license. The copyright belongs to the authors, which retain publishing rights without any restrictions, as evidenced in our Héloïse policy and Sherpa/RoMEO.

Peer review process

All submitted manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editors of the Social Sciences and Education Research Review and the papers that meet the scientific and editorial standards of the journal, and fit within the aims and scope of the journal, will be sent for outside review by two members of the editorial board.

Through this process we ensure that each published manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. SSERR adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always hidden from both parties.

The Editors can provide the authors of the submitted articles with feedback, received from the referees, in order for the author to revise their article and resubmit it for consideration.

Manuscripts failing to meet acceptable standards of English usage, with incomplete or outdated bibliographies, or the content of which is technically weak or inappropriate for the scope of the journal will generally be rejected on submission.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Social Sciences and Education Research Review adheres to the publication ethics for editors, authors and reviewers as defined by COPE – Committee on Publication Ethics, in their Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors  (Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011) and Elseviers’ Publishing Ethics Resource Kit (PERK) as a baseline for handling handling publishing ethics issues.

Editors’ responsibilities

Publication decisions

The editor is responsible for deciding which of the papers submitted to the journal will be published. The editor will evaluate manuscripts without regard to the authors’ race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy. The decision will be based on the paper’s importance, originality and clarity, and the study’s validity and its relevance to the journal’s scope. Current legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism should also be considered.

Confidentiality

The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted paper will not be used by the editor or the members of the editorial board for their own research purposes without the author’s explicit written consent.

Reviewers’ responsibilities

Contribution to editorial decisions

The peer-reviewing process assists the editor and the editorial board in making editorial decisions and may also serve the author in improving the paper.

Promptness

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and withdraw from the review process.

Confidentiality

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be disclosed to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of sources

Reviewers should identify cases in which relevant published work referred to in the paper has not been cited in the reference section. They should point out whether observations or arguments derived from other publications are accompanied by the respective source. Reviewers will notify the editor of any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and conflict of interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. 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 associated with the papers.

Authors’ duties

Reporting standards

Authors of original research reports should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Data access and retention

Authors could be asked to provide the raw data of their study together with the paper for editorial review and should be prepared to make the data publicly available if practicable. In any event, authors should ensure accessibility of such data to other competent professionals for at least ten years after publication (preferably via an institutional or subject-based data repository or other data center), provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and legal rights concerning proprietary data do not preclude their release.

Originality, plagiarism and acknowledgement of sources

Authors will submit only entirely original works, and will appropriately cite or quote the work and/or words of others. Publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work should also be cited.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication

In general, papers describing essentially the same research should not be published in more than one journal. Submitting the same paper to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Manuscripts which have been published as copyrighted material elsewhere cannot be submitted. In addition, manuscripts under review by the journal should not be submitted to SSERR. However, by submitting a manuscript, the author(s) retain the rights to the published material. as evidenced by our Open Access Policy.

Authorship of the paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors.

The corresponding author ensures that all contributing co-authors and no uninvolved persons are included in the author list. The corresponding author will also verify that all co-authors have approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

All authors should include a statement disclosing any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that may be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and to cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper in form of an erratum.

Journal indexing

SSERR is currently indexed in full text by:

SSERR is undergoing indexing procedures for the CEEOL and SSRN databases.

SSERR is sent for inclusion at the National Library of Romania.