Peer Review Process

All articles submitted for publication go under a two-step blind peer-review process undertaken by experts in the respective areas.

Internal Review. The Editorial Board first reviews each manuscript to see if it meets the basic requirements specified in the section Publication Process/Basics and that it is of sufficient quality. Manuscripts that do not meet these requirements are not sent out for further review. The internal review generally takes 1-2 weeks. Following the internal review, authors are notified of the results.

External Review. Submissions which meet the basic requirements are then sent out for blind peer review by 2 experts in the field. The external review takes approximately one month. Following the external review, the authors are sent copies of the external reviewers’ comments and notification of the decision (Accept in its current format; Accept with minor changes; Resubmit with major changes; Decline the submission) as marked on the Review Form.

If plagiarism is detected, the submission will be turned down.

In addition, following the PUBLICATION ETHICS & MALPRACTICE STATEMENT, submissions already published, in press, or currently considered for publication elsewhere will be turned down. Exceptions to this procedure are possible only on the basis of liable proof that there is no Conflict of Interests and no breach of copyright. Such cases should be communicated by the authors to the Editorial Board prior to the review of the paper.