Peer Review Process

Peer Review Process

Initial Screening

Initial prescreening is done by Editor-in-Chief or Editorial Board in order to determine whether or not the article meet expected scientific standards and fits the scope of the journal (time period: 1-2 weeks). Article may be rejected without review if the Editor-in-Chief or Editorial Board considers the paper obviously not suitable for publication.

Review process

The journal uses a conventional blind review policy, where both the reviewers and the authors remain anonymous throughout the process. The Editor-in-Chief will assign two reviewers to each paper based on their availability and expertise.

Usually, the submitted manuscript will be reviewed by at least one international referee. Authors and reviewers will have different affiliation.

Reviewers are asked to evaluate the manuscript for: Originality and scientific contribution to improving knowledge in the field; Internal validity (including review of the literature, methods, analysis, and interpretation); Organization and writing style (clear, concise, jargon-free writing)

Reviewers will provide anonymous comments meant for the authors and confidential comments to the Editors if needed. The anonymous comments meant for the authors are made available to the other reviewer. Reviewers are not expected to correct or copy edit manuscripts as this will be done by editorial staff, but are encouraged to do so if they are willing. Typically, the peer review process will take about 4-6 weeks.

If one reviewer accepts the manuscript and another rejects it, a third reviewer will be sought. If the paper is conditionally accepted, the author(s) must reply the reviewer suggestions and make improvements to the article within 3 weeks.

The final decision

The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the final decision to reject or recommend the manuscript for publication. The decision will be sent to the author(s) along with reviewer recommendations. Authors may be asked to revise their manuscript in keeping with reviewer comments. Revised manuscripts may be returned to the original reviewers or to alternate reviewers. The Editor-in-Chief may request more than one revision of a manuscript.