Peer Review Process
Peer review in all its forms plays an important role in ensuring the integrity of the scholarly record. The peer-review standards are applied to all manuscripts submitted to the journal.
All papers are initially reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief in cooperation with Editorial board. In the initial review, papers may be rejected directly by the Chief Editor if judged to be out of scope or if scientifically or formally sub-standard.
Accepted papers are then subjected to rigorous single blind peer-review. It means, every article is reviewed by at least two independent reviewers. The peer referees’ identity remains unknown to the authors throughout the review process.
Reviewers are asked to recommend papers of particularly high importance, which they consider significant and interesting for the scientific community.
Peer reviewers will have four possible options, for each article:
1. Accept Submission (no revisions are requested)
2. Revisions Required (accepted if authors complete requested minor revisions)
3. Resubmit for Review (paper will be sent out for another peer review round)
4. Resubmit elsewhere (manuscript does not meet the journal focus)
5. Decline Submission
With the online journal management system that we are using, authors are able to track submission progress through the editorial process by logging in to the journal web site. The review process is usually completed within three months.