Retraction notice to: Terese Maria Resende Cierco Gomes, “Promoting the rule of law in Serbia. What is hindering the reforms in the justice sector?”

This article has been retracted at the request of the Editor-in-Chief in consultation with the journal’s editorial team. The author fabricates interview data in attributing quotes to respondents that previously appeared in published works by other authors and further misrepresents an interview with a single respondent as multiple interviews. The editorial team also determined that the article contains substantial unattributed material, including both verbatim and paraphrased passages.

One of the conditions for submission of a paper for publication is that authors declare that they have complied with the publisher’s policies concerning ethics in publishing, including a strict prohibition on the fraudulent use of data and plagiarism. As such this article represents a misuse of the scientific publishing system. The scientific community takes a very strong view on this matter and apologies are offered to readers of the journal that this was not detected during the submission process.

We have been informed in our decision-making by University of California Press's Statement on Publication Ethics and the COPE guidelines on retractions. The retracted article will remain online to maintain the scholarly record, but it will be digitally watermarked on each page as “Retracted”.

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