Peer Review Process

  1. The papers are submitted to the journal via an online system.

  2. The paper is assessed by the editorial office to make sure that it includes the required sections and follows the required format of the journal.

  3. The editor-in-chief checks that the paper is appropriate for the journal, that it is original. If not, the paper is rejected without being reviewed.

  4. The paper is then submitted to the associate editor to send it for peer-reviewing.

  5. The paper is then sent to two reviewers based on their qualifications, specialty and expertise. A double-blind review is used where both reviewers and the author remain and reviewers are anonymous. This prevents bias.

  6. Selected reviewers may either accept or decline reviewing the paper.

  7. After reviewing the paper, it is then submitted to the journal with a recommendation to either accept (with request for either major or minor corrections) or reject it.

  8. Then the deputy editor considers all the returned reviews before making an overall decision. If the reviewers’ decision differs greatly, the paper is sent to another (a third) reviewer in order to get an extra opinion before making a final decision.

  9. The deputy editor sends the reviewers’ decision to the author by e-mail including the reviewer comments which are usually anonymous.

  10. In case the paper is accepted, it is sent to production while if rejected or sent back for either major or minor corrections, constructive comments from the reviewers should be forwarded by the editor in order to help the author improve the article. Also, the reviewers should be contacted by e-mail to inform them about the outcome of their review. Moreover, if the paper is sent to the author for further revision, the reviewers receive a new version of the paper after being revised. In case minor changes are requested, the reviewed paper may be revised by the editor.