Publishing as an Indicator of Scientific Research Quality and Ethics: The Case of Law Journals from Moldova

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This paper analyses the way articles are published in scientific journals in the field of law in the Republic of Moldova, including an experiment with a previously published article. Lack of compliance with journal publishing standards, including peer reviewing of articles, leads to the fact that virtually any article can be published. The examined journals do not perform their natural functions, but are rather used by researchers to report that they have scientific outcomes. The study allows us to consider that publishing in scientific journals is an indicator of the quality of scientific research, as well as an indicator of compliance with scientific research ethical principles. Scientific misconduct and lack of scientific meritocracy that are characteristic of some of the post-Soviet science, are very well reflected in the law field in the Republic of Moldova.

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Moldoveanu, B., Cuciureanu, G. Publishing as an Indicator of Scientific Research Quality and Ethics: The Case of Law Journals from Moldova. Sci Eng Ethics 26, 1039–1052 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11948-020-00189-2

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Keywords

  • Moldovan journals
  • Law
  • Peer review
  • Publishing standards
  • Scientific misconduct
  • Journal functions
  • Predatory publishing