The European Association of Science Editors (EASE) is an international community of individuals and associations from diverse backgrounds, linguistic traditions and professional experiences in science communication and editing.

Romanian Regional Chapter

In recent years the number of Romanian journals has increased significantly due to the increasing need of Romanian researchers to publish. The standards of some of these journals do not always meet international requirements, due to insufficient knowledge of these requirements as well as sacrificing the quality of publications for the sake of the quantity.

Romanian journals face common obstacles, lack of reviewers, insufficient funding, inadequate IT support and absence of consistent national policies, which could all be improved with the appropriate expertise and resources.

Although the number of Romanian articles has increased exponentially in recent years, the average number of citations per article has actually decreased, due to the insufficient resources and training in university curricula and lack of events such as conferences and workshops aimed at increasing awareness on scientific publication ethics and standards.

We hope that by establishing a Romanian Chapter within the EASE family, we can address many of these issues and improve the Romanian representation in international forums and at specific events.

Aim and objectives

The aim of the Chapter is to support the Romanian academic environment in order to align with the current standards on academic publication.

The main objectives of the association are:

  1. To support scientific publishing activities in Romania;
  2. To support Romanian scientific journals in order to increase visibility and international impact;
  3. To align Romanian scientific journals with current international standards;
  4. To evaluate the results of scientific publication in Romania and the performance of the Romanian scientific journals;
  5. To represent Romania in international forums and events;
  6. To train Romanian editors, authors and reviewers.

Proposed activities

For the next 12 months we propose a series of activities:

  1. A webinar to present the new Romanian Chapter of EASE to the academic environment;
  2. A discussion with editors to identify the problems and the difficulties they encounter;
  3. Courses and workshops for authors;
  4. A course about peer-review;
  5. To publish a Romanian version guide for editors;
  6. Launching a platform to facilitate the link between journals and peer-reviewers.

Contacts

Chair: Dr. Andronic Octavian
Assistant Professor
Coordinator BigData Analysis Department
Innovation and eHealth Center
Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania
andronicoctavian@gmail.com

Vice-Chair: Camelia Cristina Diaconu, FESC, FACC, FACP
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila”, Bucharest, Romania
Editor-in-Chief “Archives of the Balkan Medical Union” journal
drcameliadiaconu@gmail.com

Secretary: Florentina Mușat
Senior Editor Journal of Surgical Sciences
flori.musat94@gmail.com

Supporters:

Dan Nicolae Păduraru, PhD, MD
Lecturer Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest
Managing Editor Medical Image Database
dan.paduraru.nicolae@gmail.com

Alexandra Bolocan, PhD, MD
Lecturer Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest
Managing Editor Romanian Journal of Emergency Surgery
bolocan.alexa@gmail.com

Marius Mihășan, PhD
Editor, Journal of Experimental and Molecular Biology 
Department of Biology, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi
marius.mihasan@uaic.ro

Anca Maria Câmpean
Full Professor of Histology
”Victor Babeș” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Department of Histology, Angiogenesis Research Center Timisoara, Romania
ancacimpean1972@yahoo.com

Beatrice Gabriela Ioan
Professor, PhD, MD, BA, JD, MA
Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi, Romania
Clinical Care Editor, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Editor, Eastern-European Journal of Medical Humanities and Bioethics
Member of the Advisory Board, The Bulletin of Legal Medicine
Member of the Advisory Board, Journal of Intercultural Management and Ethics
ioanbml@yahoo.com; beatrice.ioan@umfiasi.ro

The Romanian Chapter will be instrumental in the establishment of the Romanian Association of Scientific Editors, a legal entity which will offer a series of benefits to the community such as attracting funding and sponsorship, public interest and government support.