- Initially, all submissions are considered by the editor.
- The editor conforms that the paper matches the instructions given on the “Author Guidelines“ page.
- The editor checks that the authors have submitted everything that is needed for the review of the submission, including the cover letter specifically stating that the work is unpublished and not being considered for publication elsewhere.
- The editor will determine if the manuscript is within the scope of the journal. If the manuscript is out of scope, than it will be returned to the authors.
If the manuscript is within the scope of the journal, then it will be sent to reviewers who will determine if it is suitable for publication in the journal. Any manuscripts that are not appropriate will be returned to the authors. The manuscript’s quality will be considered by the reviewers, and those that are of a quality that is not suitable will be returned to the authors. Any editorial suggestions that the reviewers have will be added to the manuscript document electronically in such a way that they can be distinguished from the original. The reviewers will then return the manuscript with comments and an evaluation to the editor.
The editor will compile the comments and recommendations from the reviewers to form a decision on publication. The decision will be sent to the authors usually within 2-3 weeks of the manuscript being submitted.
When notifying the authors of the journal’s decision, the editor will classify the manuscript into one of the following areas:
- Manuscript is not suitable for the journal. An email is sent to the authors stating the decision and ending the review process.
- Manuscript’s quality is not suitable for the journal. An email is sent to the authors stating the decision and ending the review process.
- Manuscript is suitable but significant changes are required. An email is sent to the authors stating the decision and listing the changes needed to make the manuscript suitable for publication.
- Manuscript is suitable but minor changes are required. An email is sent to the authors stating the decision and listing the changes needed to make the manuscript suitable for publication.
- Manuscript is suitable for publication with no changes. An email is sent to the authors stating the decision.
It should be noted that otherwise suitable manuscripts can be rejected due to space limitations and publication deadlines. Authors should ensure that there is a suitable amount of time for the review process to be completed when submitting a manuscript. Authors should be aware that requests for revisions do not indicate acceptance, and that if revisions are not performed satisfactorily the manuscript can still be rejected.
For manuscripts where fast publication would benefit the readers of the journal, the review process can be fast tracked so that it is completed within one week.
The editor’s decision is final. However, if an Author can document good reasons why a decision was wrong there is a process to contest the decision. If this is the situation, the authors should contact the editor stating their case.