Publishing Ethics



The papers submitted for publication by the authors should be completely original and should not contain plagiarism.

The authors assume responsibility for the authorship, the originality of the work, noting correctly and fully the references to the used sources.

The authors are required to confirm that the paper submitted to the editor was not previously published in any other publication or is not being evaluated or accepted for publication in another journal. The journal accepts for publishing the papers that were not or won’t be valorized by publication in other journals or proceedings of conferences, scientific symposia etc. The submission of the same paper for publication in several journals is unacceptable and contrary to the principles of ethics.

The list of authors includes all researchers who made a personal contribution to the formation and interpretation of research results and who participated effectively and substantially to the achievement of the work submitted for publication. Other important people who contributed to the research can be mentioned in the Acknowledgments section, where the sources of financial support of the performed research are usually indicated (projects, grants, scholarships, etc.).

The corresponding author bears the responsibility to ensure that all co-authors were included in the work and that they have read and agree with the final version of the manuscript and its submission for publication.

The journal does not charge author fees for paper evaluation and publication. 

If an author finds that there are errors or inaccuracies during the editorial process as well as after publication, he/she is required to promptly notify the editor in order to solve the problem.

If the Editorial Board decides to publish the paper, the author agrees to transfer all copyrights to the journal in terms of publication and dissemination of its content (in electronic and paper form) in open access, its integration national and international database, as well as other similarly indexed information sources.


The editors are responsible for the objective management in the evaluation of papers submitted for publication having the responsibility and authority to accept or reject a paper (if it does not meet publication requirements and ethical principles of the journal).

The editors will make every effort to ensure the integrity of the evaluation process aiming at not disclosing the identity of the author/authors to the scientific reviewers and vice versa.

The editors are responsible for maintaining confidentiality of the content of submitted papers and should not disclose any information about the submitted manuscripts. Only a limited number of people will have access to the content of the paper (reviewers and authorized members of the editorial board). The manuscripts accepted for publication will not be used by the editors or members of the Editorial Board for their own research without the written consent of the author.

The editors must adopt a respectful and impartial attitude towards authors, regardless of race, gender, nationality, religion, social status, political preferences or other subjective reasons.


The reviewers should make confidentially the scientific expertise of manuscripts submitted for publication, aimed at improving their quality and helping editors in making decisions on the possibility to publish research results.

The information obtained during the peer review process must be kept confidential and should not be used in one’s own research before their publication without author’s consent.

The reviewers should objectively judge the quality of the manuscript, express clearly their conclusions and provide constructive recommendations to authors in order to improve paper quality.

During the peer review process, the reviewers will focus on the relevance, scientific value, originality and authenticity of the research results obtained by the author.

Any selected reviewer should inform the editor if he/she lacks sufficient competences to evaluate the manuscript, the manuscript content does not match its field of expertise or he/she considers that evaluation is impossible to be done within the specified time.

The reviewers should inform the editor about any significant similarity or overlap found between the evaluated manuscript and any other previously published work, i.e. about the cases of plagiarism and self-plagiarism.

Plagiarism or self-plagiarism, in all its forms, represents unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable. If the manuscript includes exactly the same phrases that appear in other works written by the author, the source must be properly cited. In carrying out its work, the Editorial Board of the journal „Agricultural Science” is guided by the international standards and guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).