Review of the Articles Submitted for Publication
3.1 The objective of the scientific review/evaluation process
The evaluation process of scientific works (peer-review) consists of the analysis and critical evaluation of the scientific manuscripts done by evaluation experts who are members of the Editorial College and the Scientific Council of the Journal.
The peer-review procedure aims towards the increase of the scientific quality of the materials published in the Journal through:
- Selecting valuable scientific material that is relevant for the theme and the direction of interest of the Journal for publication;
- Rejecting scientific material of inferior quality that does not correspond to the Journal’s profile;
- Improving the quality of the published material based on the critical opinions defined by independent specialists.
3.2 Stages of the evaluation process
All the articles submitted for publication to UNATC Journal of Drama Teaching Journal are submitted to the scientific evaluation procedure (peer-review procedure). The principle of the peer-review type of evaluation must guarantee confidentiality for the authors but also for the reviewers. The editors do not have the right to disclose information about the manuscript (receiving, content, status of the evaluation process, observations made by the reviewers or the final fate of the written work) to anyone except the authors and reviewers.
They must unequivocally convey to the reviewers that the manuscripts submitted for evaluation are the private intellectual property of the authors. The reviewers are not allowed to make copies of the submitted texts, and the editors do not have the permission to keep copies of the rejected manuscripts.
The evaluation of scientific material submitted for publication is done in multiple stages.
3.2.1 Preliminary stage
The articles will be forwarded to the Editorial College through electronic mail, at the following address: email@example.com
Within a maximum of seven days, the author of the article receives a confirmation message, with information concerning the receiving in good condition of the written material and concerning the fulfilling of the preliminary conditions of acceptance of the article.
In this stage, the editorial staff ensures that the author has submitted a new piece of material which has not been published in any other Journal, which is not being evaluated for publication in any other Journal in either Romania or abroad and which falls under Law 206/2004, with later additions and modifications, concerning the good conduct in scientific research.
Articles written by authors who do not hold a PhD title (or an equivalent of this title) or authors without the status of PhD student will be accepted for the process of scientific evaluation only if these are accompanied by a recommendation from a specialist in that specific field.
3.2.2 Evaluation in the Editorial Staff
This stage entails the evaluation of the manuscripts by the Editor in chief and the members of the Editorial staff respectively, for the preliminary identification and selection of the materials which fall under the thematic domains and scientific standards of the Journal. The analysis considers criteria which refer to:
- Content: the manuscripts must approach themes in the domain of reference of the Journal, contain elements of originality, have a substantial scientific content, not contain major deficiencies in terms of logical structure and scientific make-up etc.
- Form: the manuscript must respect the technical conditions of editing and paging of the Journal (font, paragraph, insertion of critical references), according to the Norms of desktop-publishing of UNATC Press Publishing House and must contain all of the other connected components necessary (key words, abstract in Romanian, abstract in English, contact details of the main author).
The manuscripts which do not meet the above-mentioned criteria are returned to the authors.
3.2.3 Evaluation of the theoretical-scientific and methodological content by independent experts from the country or abroad
It is carried out by two evaluation experts, members of the Editorial Council of UNATC Journal of Drama Teaching Journal, as well as by members of the Romanian or foreign academic community, with scientific competence in the particular field in which the respective article is included, who hold the title of professor, associate professor/assistant professor or 1st or 2nd degree scientific researcher.
The selection of reviewers is done from the list of specialists with which the Journal collaborates and who have given their approval of participating in the evaluation process of the articles submitted for publication in UNATC Journal of Drama Teaching Journal.
The experts evaluate the manuscripts within a time span clearly established along with the Journal’s editors. The evaluation is done based on a review forms (peer-review forms), which the experts receive along with the articles that are to be analyzed.
The criteria which form the basis of the review process done by the experts are:
- The scientific quality of the article: – scientific substantiation of the content of the study; – the methodological approach and the manner of achieving the analysis models; – the degree of originality and novelty of the suggested theme.
- The relevance, impact and importance of the written work: – the relevance and novelty of the used sources; – the clarity and accuracy of the argumentation and the scientific make-up; – the impact stipulated for the domains which the article makes reference to.
- The quality of the technical content: – the relevance of the bibliographic sources; – the clarity, conciseness and accuracy of the text; – the absence of errors, erroneous concepts and ambiguity.
The experts must withdraw themselves from the peer-review process if they cannot evaluate the manuscripts within the established time span or note, from the article’s text, any form of incompatibility with the author/authors of the evaluated written work.
This stage of evaluation is finalized through the reviewer’s formulation of a number of precise observations pertaining to the form and background of the article and through giving the article one of the following three grades, presented in point 3.2.4.
The filled-in evaluation forms, signed and dated by the evaluators, are forwarded to the Editorial Staff of UNATC Journal of Drama Teaching Journal.
3.2.4 The results of the reviewing process
Following the reviewing process, the authors receive an electronic message through which they are informed about:
- “acceptance for publication of the written work”, if it complies in terms of form and scientific content;
- “acceptance for publication of the written work after undergoing certain corrections or additions etc”;
- “rejection of the written work submitted for publication”.
The editorial college analyses the evaluation reports and takes a decision concerning publication.
If there are major differences between the grades of the two evaluators, a third expert will be called upon. The decision and recommendations of the experts will be communicated to the author, while keeping confidentiality throughout the duration of this process.
After the resubmission of the corrected and completed manuscript by the author, depending on the recommendations of the experts, the article will be forwarded to the same evaluators who will decide on the opportunity of publication of the article in question.
The approved final text of the article (after the modifications suggested by the evaluators and the approval of the editorial committee) is sent to the person/people from the editorial staff who is/are in charge of the editorial planning, the author then being informed of the date of publication.
The final decision concerning the publication of the manuscript belongs to the Editor in chief and/or the Sub-editors in chief.
The articles recommended for publication in UNATC Journal of Drama Teaching Journal must be accompanied by:
⸭ Declaration of authenticity signed by the author, for the material submitted for publication, according to the legislation concerning copyright, dismissal of plagiarizing, and forged signature;
⸭ The written agreement from the author that the article may be published.
The accepted written materials are ordered in terms of number of biannual issues of the Journal and sent to publication to UNATC Press Publishing House.
3.2.5 The order of article publication
When establishing the list/order of priority of the accepted written works in the table of content of an issue of UNATC Journal of Drama Teaching Journal, the following criteria will be taken into consideration:
⸭ The articles of UNATC researchers and of researchers associated with UNATC have priority over the other articles;
⸭ The articles of specialists in the field, from the country or abroad, who hold the scientific title of PhD have priority over the other articles;
⸭ The articles of UNATC collaborators within external grants of research have priority over the other articles.
3.2.6 External evaluation of UNATC Journal of Drama Teaching Journal
In the periodical process of evaluation of the scientific quality of UNATC Journal of Drama Teaching Journal, more precisely, concerning the drawing up of the necessary paperwork for external evaluation, optimizing the website of the publication and dissemination of the content of UNATC Journal of Drama Teaching Journal within internal and international databases, all the members of the Editorial College will be co-opted, will have well-stated duties, established in a meeting of the College.
3.2.7. International exchanges
The Editorial College will attend to the well-working of the international exchanges of UNATC Journal of Drama Teaching Journal, periodically updating the list of recipients from EU and non-EU countries, receiving confirmation form the partners towards which the publication has been sent, and undergoing the specific correspondence with them. The documents concerning International Exchanges will be kept in the UNATC Journal of Drama Teaching Journal’s archive, under the supervision of the administration of the Journal.