Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

International Scientific Indexing - Impact Factor = 0.425

Aims & scope
ECOFORUM is a peer-reviewed journal which publishes original research papers.


Areas of Research
Areas of research include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Global Business

  • Business Economics

  • Economic Growth and Development

  • Economics of Organizations and Industries

  • Finance and Investment

  • Economic Informatics

  • Marketing

  • Accounting

  • Sustainable development

  • Management
  • Ecology of the mind

 

Section Policies

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Business Economics Sustainable development and Law

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Management, Marketing and Business Administration

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Accounting, Finance, Statistics and Economic informatics

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Books Review and Presentation

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

The submitted papers are subject of a blinded peer review process, in order to select for publishing the articles meeting the highest possible standards.

In a first step the editor sends the received papers, without the name and affiliation of authors, to two experts in the field, by usign the on-line web management system.

The electronic evaluation form used by reviewers contains a checklist in order to help referees to cover all aspects that can decide the publication.

Checklist

Characteristics/criteria that can be applied

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Adequate enouncing of the paper's title

Relevance of abstract, key words and framing to JEL classification in conformity with the paper's content

 

Paper's structure is well defined and chosen in accordance with the approached theme

Scientific quality

 

The paper's novelty level

 

 

 

Originality in approaching the paper's issues

 

 

 

 

 

Clarity, concisely character in presenting the paper's content

 

 

 

Sound argumentation of the presented case study

 

 

 

Lack of errors, wrong ideas, ambiguities

 

 

 

 

 

The paper's subject is compatible with the journals' purpose

 

 

 

The used references illustrate the idea of the text

 

 

 

 

 

Citations from international ISI journals

 

 

 

Citations from international databases journals

 

 

 

Citations from previous issues of Ecoforum

 

 

 

In the final section of the evaluation form, the reviewers must include observations and suggestions for improvement that are send to the authors, without the names of the reviewers. All the reviewers of a paper remain anonymous to the authors and act independently before, during and after the evaluation process. They have different affiliation, are usually located in different towns/countries, and they are not aware of each other's identities. If the decisions of the two reviewers are not the same (accept / reject), the paper is send to a third reviewer.

The final decision for publication is done by the Editor-in-chief based on the scrutiny of reviewers and the scope of the journal. The Editor-in-chief editor is responsible for the quality and selection of manuscripts chosen to be published, and the authors are always responsible for the content of each article.

After the reviewing process, authors receive the decision from the editorial board as follows:

  • Accepted
  • Accepted with slight changes
  • Revise and resubmit
  • Rejected (not in compliance with the journal)

 

 

Publication Frequency

The journal ECOFORUM is published three times a year, in January, May and a Special Issue in August.

For the issues published in January, the manuscripts must be submitted online until 1st October, for the ones published in May, until 1st of March and the ones for the issue published in August, until 1st of June.

 


 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Policy of screening for plagiarism

Papers submitted to EcoForum Journal will be screened for plagiarism using Turnitin plagiarism detection tools.

EcoForum Journal will immediately reject papers leading to plagiarism or self-plagiarism.

 

Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

(based on Elsevier recommendations and COPE's Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors)


Ethical guidelines for journal publication


Ecoforum Journal is committed to ensuring ethics in publication and quality of articles. Conformance to standards of ethical behavior is therefore expected of all parties involved: Authors, Editors, Reviewers, and the Publisher.

In particular,

Authors: Authors should present an objective discussion of the significance of research work as well as sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the experiments. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. Review articles should also be objective, comprehensive, and accurate accounts of the state of the art. The authors should ensure that their work is entirely original works, and if the work and/or words of others have been used, this has been appropriately acknowledged. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Authors should not submit articles describing essentially the same research to more than one journal. The corresponding author should ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication.

Editors: Editors should evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit. An editor must not use unpublished information in the editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. Editors should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.

Reviewers: Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments, so that authors can use them for improving the paper. 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 excuse himself from the review process. 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.

 


ISSN: 2344-2174