In accordance with the Administrative Council Decision No. 82/4.01.2022 and its addenda, Senate Decision No. 119/23.09.2021 and UBB Administrative Council Decision No. 15823/14.11.2022, the present procedure outlines the methodology for estimating the similarity of texts submitted for publication by using anti-plagiarism detection software.

Standard procedure

Authors are duly advised that any attempts of plagiarism and any other misconduct found may entail: a) rejection of the manuscript from publication; b) official report to the higher education or research institution where the author is affiliated; c) disclosure to the academic community and public notice.

Generating the Similarity Report

1. The editorial secretary, editors or issue/volume coordinator uploads the submitted paper into the analysis software made available by UBB, within 30 days from submission.

2. The similarity report generated is then analysed by the editorial board and/or the issue/volume coordinator (if applicable).

3. The similarity report consists of a list of documents identified as possible sources from which certain fragments of the text were probably copied and one or several similarity coefficients.

4. Following a review of the Similarity Report, the editor-in-chief and, if applicable, the issue/volume coordinator will fill out a wrongful appropriation statement. This will only be issued if there is evidence to support the hypothesis of plagiarism.

5. If reviewers and/or editorial board members suggest revisions to the paper, then the entire similarity analysis procedure will be repeated as stated above.