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Bernas is committed to the local and international academic community. In order to assure the highest standards for published articles a double blind reviewing policy is applied. In pursue of the compliance with academic standards, all parties involved in the publishing process (the authors, the editors and the editorial board and the reviewers) agree to meet the responsibilities stated below in accordance to the Journal publication ethics and malpractice statement.

Duties of Authors

The author(s) warrant that the submitted article is an original work, which has not been previously published, and that they have obtained an agreement from any co- author(s) prior to the manuscript’s submission;

- the author(s) should not submit articles describing essentially the same research to more than one journal;

- the authors(s) make certain that the manuscript meets the terms of the Manuscript Submission Guideline regarding appropriate academic citation and that no copyright infringement occurs;

- the authors(s) should inform the editors about any conflict of interests and report any errors they subsequently discover in their manuscript.

Duties of Editors and the Editorial Board

- the editors, together with the editorial board, are responsible for deciding upon the publication or rejection of the submitted manuscripts based only on their originality, significance and relevance to the domains of the journal;

- the editors evaluate the manuscripts compliance with academic criteria, the domains of the journal and the guidelines;

- the editors must at all times respect the confidentiality of any information pertaining to the submitted manuscripts;

- the editors assign the review of each manuscript to two reviewers chosen according to their domains of expertise. The editors must take into account any conflict of interest reported by the authors and the reviewers.

- the editors must ensure that the comments and recommendations of the reviewers are sent to the author(s) in due time and that the manuscripts are returned to the editors, who take the final decision to publish them or not. Duties of Reviewers:

- the reviewers must objectively evaluate the manuscripts based only on their originality, significance and relevance to the domains of the journal;

- the reviewers must in due time supply clear, objective and relevant comments and recommendations meant to improve the content of the submitted manuscript;

- the reviewers must at all times respect the confidentiality of any information pertaining to the submitted manuscripts;

- reviewers should not review 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.

Author Statement Form

At the submission of each paper, the corresponding author, on behalf of the authors, signs an Author Statement Form to declare and confirm that the paper submitted for publication in Bernas is an original one, not published and not submitted to another publication elsewhere. The corresponding author also declares that all the co-authors have contributed to the work, are responsible for the validity and originality of data contained therein and have all agreed to submit the current version, allowing the editors, in case of paper acceptance, to make editorial changes (grammar, punctuation, spelling and format corrections), but no major alterations of the paper.

Screening for plagiarism

The authors of all articles published in the Bernas must be aware and understand that the editorial board of the journal prevents and sanctions attempts and acts of plagiarism. Plagiarism represents a violation of the basic principles of ethics and cannot be tolerated. Examples of plagiarism include: “word-for-word” copying of portions of another's writing without enclosing the copied passage in quotation marks and acknowledging the source in the appropriate scholarly convention (1), the use of a particularly unique term or concept that one has come across in reading without acknowledging the author or source (2), the paraphrasing or abbreviated restatement of someone else's ideas without acknowledging this text (3), or the copying of text portions from one’s own publications (self-plagiarism) (4). Avoid false citation, a text attributed to a cited source, from which it was not obtained. All of the editors of the Bernas, Science and Practice Journal are using “Plagiarism Detector”, a dedicated software program for screening submissions, to ensure the originality of articles by detecting published and web-searchable manuscripts. Therefore, authors are announced that discovered plagiarism leads to the rejection of the manuscript submitted for publication and to the definitive elimination of the author as a future possible contributor of the journal, as well as to an official notification to the author’s institution.