About the Journal

Focus and Scope

JESS is an open access peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles which approach the ethics in social studies, and especially papers on social studies which raises a particularly ethical issue.

We encourage papers related to ethical issues in qualitative/quantitative research in social work, education, psychology, communication studies which may bring improvements to practice and policy- making.

The aim of the JESS is to encourage dialogue and debate across social, intercultural and international boundaries on the ethical issues arising in professional interventions into social life.

We focus on the ethical reflection on the professional practice and scientific research, but also on the implications in the ethical reflection in continuous improvement of social life.

The journal accepts manuscripts such as theoretical articles, research articles, reviews, editorials (only invited), letters to editors and comments.

An empirical research article or a theoretical article must contain a minimum of 20 bibliographic sources and a maximum of 50. At least 25% of the sources used should be from Web of Science indexed journals.
For a literature review article it is imperative to use 50 to 100 bibliographic sources, of which at least 25% should be from Web of Science indexed journals. The article should contain specific and expressly stated criteria for structuring the literature review

Frequency | 1 issue per year with 1-2 possible supplementary issues

Covered in | ERIH PLUS; CrossRef; RePEc; CEEOL; KVK; WorldCat; Google Scholar; ICI Journals Master List - Index Copernicus; EBSCO.

Peer Review Process




This is the first stage evaluation, in which the paper proposed for evaluation is assessed from the technical and administrative points of view. The evaluation is made by the editor in charge with the issue following, to identify whether the paper is related to the specificity of the journal and if it addresses subjects that are in direct connection with the current issue's topic. The editor in charge will also assess if the author complies with the editorial requirements, such as the citation system, respecting the journal's technical parameters from the template available online, or the structure of the article.

Only after the technical requirements are fulfilled by the author will the paper be the subject of the peer review process and its scientific quality evaluated. After texts are analysed to see if they match the disciplinary and thematic orientation of the publication's editorial quality standards of LUMEN publications, manuscripts are sent to two reviewers selected from the Board of Reviewers of LUMEN Publishing House, whose scientific activity and expertise corresponds most with the proposed manuscript.


After texts are analysed from the scientific point of view, reviewers communicate their decision and the observations/requirements (if any) as a condition of publication. The editor in charge transmits the reviewers decision to the author and, if the reviewers agreed on the acceptance for publication but recommend changes of the text, it is sent back to the author to make changes. Once the requested changes are made, the text returns to the two reviewers of LUMEN Publishing House Committee to check the final version of the text and transmit their decision.

The scientific evaluation is completed in at least one of the following ways:


The blind peer review process consists of assigning a blind manuscript (with no identification information of the author/s) to a reviewer whose identity is not known to the author whose paper is subject to evaluation, nor will be known by the author after the evaluation is completed. The correspondence between the reviewers/s and the author/s will be intermediated by the publisher LUMEN Publishing House.

The results of evaluation can be of the following types: acceptance, acceptance with modifications or rejected. If a reviewer rejects the manuscript but another one accepts it, the manuscript is assessed by a third reviewer, or the editor responsible for the issue, who will accomplish the advocate function and take the final decision. If it is accepted with modifications, corrections will be asked for from the author.


Authors are invited to propose their own specialty referrers when they submit their paper for publication. They can be coordinators of doctoral theses etc.

The opinions of the authors' proposed reviewers will be considered, in the event of a disagreement between the two peer reviewers proposed by LUMEN Publishing, or where peer reviewers accept papers with a reserve. Also, this method is used as an additional editorial peer review, in the case of programmes that request it.


LUMEN is member of PILA and adheres to the ethical standards of Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE).


Ethical evaluation follows two directions, namely Editorial Ethics and Research Ethics.

Regarding Editorial Ethics, these are analyzed suspicions of plagiarism and the improper award of authorship (including authors who contributed to the text or research and the exclusion of authors who have contributed). They also track potential conflicts of interest that occurred after publication by LUMEN, the rights to reproduce images, text or republication rights fragments where appropriate. It is followed the avoidance of double funding requests when the volume of publicly-funded appearance.

The second direction aims of evaluation for respecting the ethical rules of scientific research where appropriate: the rules of data confidentiality; obtaining the agreement of person/persons interviewed or for which you have undertaken research included in the volume; in the protection of the interests of natural or legal persons, in order not to violate any image or other rights of nature provided by law.


 Editorial reviewers of translation exclusively target the quality of translations in Romanian. An evaluation is undertaken by a specialist, a connoisseur of the language in which the book appeared or a native speaker and the quality of translation is checked.

LUMEN Publishing reviewers are scientific and cultural personalities, recognized nationally and internationally with a Ph.D.; in special or exceptional circumstances, having the quality of a Ph.D. student.

The reviewers must have a rich expertise and experience to be chosen as a referent, certified through publications, conferences, grants, etc. and have previously worked for LUMEN Publishing and the LUMEN Research Center in Social and Humanistic Sciences.


In case of partial or total retraction on ethical or scientific ground, after publication or after signing the publication agreement, decided by the Ethics Committee of LUMEN Publishing House on solid and undeniable evidence, the author(s) will not be refunded the open access fee.

Publication Frequency

1 issue/year with 1-2 possible supplementary issues

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

This Journal adheres to the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of open access. We sustain free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.

In this regards, the only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.

 In respect of the BOAI definition, Postmodern Opening Journal's governing body strongly recommends, for the authors who would like to republish a work that has been previously published in our journal, to include an acknowledgement with the mention of its first publication of the scientific paper, in the further publication.

Self Archiving Open Access Policies (FAQ)

  • Do you allow your authors to archive their submitted article in an open access repository? That is, do you consider publishing material where a pre-print or working paper has been previously mounted online?

Our journal allows authors to self-archive their articles in an open access repository. We do consider publishing material where a pre-print or working paper has been previously mounted online. We do not consider this an exception to our policy regarding the originality of the paper (not to be published elsewhere), since the open access repository doesn't have a publisher character, but an archiving system for the benefit of the public.

  • Do you allow your authors to archive their accepted article in an open access repository? That is, with changes and modifications due to peer-review comments integrated into the text?

Our policy regarding the accepted articles requires authors not to mention, in the archived articles in an open access repository, their acceptance for publication in our journals until the article is final and no modifications can be made. Authors are not allowed to submit the paper to another publisher while is still being evaluated for our journals or is in the process of revision after the peer review decision.

  • Do you allow your authors to archive the final published article, often a pdf file, in an open access repository?

We do allow our authors to archive the final published article, often a pdf file, in an open access repository, after authors inform the editorial office.

  • Do you offer a Creative Commons License for archived material? If so, which license? Would this apply to every version?

Our journals have a non-commercial attribution and no-derivatives Creative Commons License.

  • Do you have any other requirements for archiving in an open access repository? For example, a bibliographic citation or reference of copyright ownership?

The final version of the article contains information about copyright and how to cite the article. Only this final version of the article is uploaded online, on the journal's official website, and only this version should be used for self-archiving and should replace the previous versions uploaded by authors in the open access repository.

  • What is the name of your publishing organisation?

The publisher of our journals is Editura LUMEN (LUMEN Publishing House)

  • If the author is subject to a pre-existing mandate from their institution, funder or government to make their article openly accessible, do you grant the author an automatic exemption from any restrictions in your own policies which would otherwise prohibit their publication with you?

The only condition for an accepted paper to be in open access is the author/s (or its funding body) to pay the open access fee. There are no other requests for the author's article to be open access.

  • Does a single policy apply to authors of all of your journal titles? If not, could you tell us what variations apply?

Our policy applies to all our authors of all of our journal titles.

Governing body | 

LUMEN Association, Iasi, Romania together with LUMEN Research Center in Social and Humanistic Sciences, Iasi (ROMANIA)

Published by | by LUMEN Publishing in cooperation with LUMEN Publishing Group (which includes LUMEN Media SRL, Iasi, Romania, Logos Panda SRL, Iasi, Romania and LUMEN Media Ltd, London, United Kingdom).

The Scientific Journals Division of LUMEN Publishing Group is proudly managed by Logos Panda SRL, Iasi, Romania. 

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