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Peer Review Process

Principles of reviewing submitted articles

The Editorial Board carries out initial verification of the submitted texts, examining the alignment of the article’s subject matter with the profile of the journal and compliance with editorial requirements. The texts that are approved in this way shall be submitted to be reviewed by two reviewers. The review process preserves the anonymity of both the author and reviewers (double-blind review process). Reviewers evaluate the text and fill in the review form. The review has an opinion-forming function, which means that the final decision on accepting the text for printing is made by the Editorial Board.

Submission of Paper

The corresponding or submitting author submits the paper to the journal by email.

Editorial Board Assessment

The journal checks the paper’s composition and arrangement against the journal’s Author Guidelines to make sure it includes the required sections and stylizations. The quality of the paper is not assessed at this point. Additionally, the antiplagiarism policy is implemented and each of the paper is checked by the anti-plagiarism software. The Editorial Board checks whether the paper is appropriate for the journal and sufficiently original and interesting. If not, the paper may be rejected without being reviewed any further. The Editorial Board can appoint the thematic editors to support their work.

Invitation to Reviewers

The Editorial Board sends invitations to appropriate reviewers. At least two reviewers are required.

Response to Invitations

Potential reviewers consider the invitation against their own expertise, conflicts of interest and availability. They then accept or decline. If possible, when declining, they might also suggest alternative reviewers. (The reviewer only receives a text. He/she does not receive the author’s name.)

Review is Conducted

The reviewer sets time aside to read the paper. Then the reviewer carefully completes the reviewing form and presents it to the journal, with a recommendation to accept or reject it – or else with a request for revision (usually flagged as either major or minor) before it is reconsidered.

Journal Evaluates the Reviews

The Editorial Board considers all the returned reviews before making an overall decision. If the reviews differ widely, the Editorial Board  may invite an additional reviewer so as to get an extra opinion before making a decision.

The Decision is Communicated

The Editorial Board sends a decision email to the author including any relevant reviewer comments (the comments are anonymous).

Next Steps

If accepted, the paper is sent to production. If the article is rejected or sent back for either major or minor revision, the Editorial Board should include constructive comments from the reviewers to help the author improve the article. The review process usually lasts up to three months.