regarding the review procedures of the scientific articles published in the “Law and Life” Magazine of the Academy “Ştefan cel Mare” of the MIA of the Republic of Moldova

  1. The present Methodology aims to regulate the review procedure of scientific articles published in the “Law and Life” Magazine from the Academy “Ştefan cel Mare” of the MIA of the Republic of Moldova (hereinafter Magazine).
  2. The methodology has been developed in accordance with the following provisions: Code Regarding Science and Innovation no. 259-XV of July 15, 2004, with subsequent amendments; Education Code no. 152 of 17.07.2014, with subsequent amendments; Government Decision regarding the organization and operation of the National Agency for Quality Assurance in Education and Research no. 201 of 28.02.2018; normative acts of the National Agency for Quality Assurance in Education and Research (further – NAQAER); Regulation Regarding the Evaluation, Classification and Monitoring of Scientific Journals, approved by Decision CC of NAQAER no. 6 of 18.12.2018.
  3. The purpose of the Methodology is to create a minimal and uniform framework of rules based on which the review procedure of the articles published in the Magazine is to be carried out.
  4. During reviewing, the peer-review procedure (evaluation by two independent referees of each article) is applied anonymously with the retention of the review materials for at least 4 years.
  5. The reviewers are included in the Expert Register of the Magazine.
  6. The reviewer must have the PhD scientific title, including the scientific-didactic title of university lecturer or university professor, corresponding to the field in which the article under review is developed.
  7. The quality of membership of the Editorial Board of the magazine is assimilated to that of reviewer. Based on the decision of the Scientific Council of the Journal, persons from within the institution or outside it, who meet the conditions stipulated in the previous point, can be included in the Register of Experts.
  8. In exceptional cases, when the article is developed in a specialty for which the journal has no experts, the Editor-in-Chief of the journal can appoint other specialists in the field as reviewers on an ad hoc basis, provided that they possess the scientific-didactic titles mentioned above.
  9. The review procedure is carried out based on the principle of confidentiality, so that the authors do not know the reviewers, and the reviewers do not know the authors of the articles they review.
  10. The Editor-in-Chief and Technical Editor-in-Chief of the Journal bear direct responsibility for respecting the anonymity of the article review. For this purpose, the Technical Editorial Board will draw up a record of reviews, in which the information about the authors and reviewers will be recorded.
  11. The Editor-in-Chief will confidentially assign articles for review. The Editor-in-Chief has the obligation towards the reviewer not to disclose to the author the information regarding the reviewer’s person, as well as the obligation towards the author not to disclose to the reviewer his name or other data based on which his person can be identified.
  12. The article will be offered for review without indicating the name and surname of the author, as well as the institution he represents.
  13. Within 10 days of the submission of the article, the Editor-in-Chief will appoint two anonymous reviewers. The information regarding the reviewer and the author will be registered in the Record Book, which will have a strictly confidential character.
  14. It is mandatory that one of the reviewers should be part of the Editorial Board of the Magazine. The reviewers will impartially and independently evaluate the article proposed for publication.

During the evaluation, the reviewer will take into account the following criteria:

  • Actuality and originality of the research topic;
  • Methodological support of the paper;
  • Scientific support;
  • Scientific relevance of results;
  • Editing and technical content of the work;
  • Respect for ethics and scientific deontology;
  • Correspondence of the publication with the institution’s research strategies;
  • Personal contribution of the author to the development of the research field;
  • Potential for deepening/advancing knowledge in the chosen field;
  • Possibility of using the publication as teaching material.
  1. The reviews will be drawn up based on the evaluation grid provided in Annex no. 1 of this Regulation Methodology.
  2. The minimum standard for publication of the article is 70 points, provided by each of the reviewers.
  3. If the score is lower than 70 points, the author within 30 days will liquidate the objections submitted by the expert, and the article will be subject to a repeated review.
  4. The Editor-in-Chief of the Magazine will bring the objections to the attention of the author.