Manuscripts are submitted online. All manuscripts undergo an initial assessment by the Editorial Office to ensure that they comply with the guidelines.
Manuscripts are then assigned to the editor to decide whether they fall within the remit of the journal. If a manuscript is deemed suitable for review, the editor will invite reviewers online. Reviewers are given four weeks to submit a report. The review process is double-blind, that is, both the authors’ and the reviewers’ identities are concealed. At least two reports are required to make a decision.
Once at least two reports have been received, the editor makes a decision on the manuscript. If the reviewers’ recommendations diverge, the editor can arbitrate the recommendation or refer the manuscript to a third reviewer.
Authors are given three weeks to revise a manuscript. Revised manuscripts are submitted online. The resubmission is done in the review stage, therefore, there is no need to start a new submission. At the review stage, you will need to resubmit your paper once you have revised it: Upload the new file in the revisions section. To upload a new file, click on “Upload file”. A new window will open allowing you to upload your file(s). Select the appropriate option from the dropdown menu to indicate that you are not submitting a revision of an existing file.
The editor will make a decision on minor revisions and refer major revisions to one or more reviewers (when possible, the original reviewer/s) for their recommendations before making a decision.
Appeal against editorial decision
Authors can appeal a decision in writing to the editors-in-chief. Authors have the right to appeal a decision on their submission if they believe it was unfair. To appeal a decision, please submit a letter detailing the nature of the appeal and indicating why the decision is viewed as unfair. The letter should be sent to the editors-in-chief (firstname.lastname@example.org) within ten days of the decision. The editors-in-chief will review all relevant documentation relating to the submission, may consult the relevant editors and reviewers,and may appoint a new reviewer to evaluate the submission before making a decision. The decision of the rditors-in-chief will be final.
Accepted manuscripts are received by the Editorial Office where they enter the production queue to undergo proofreading, copyediting, layout, and proofing.
Copyediting and production stage
Manuscripts are proofread and copyedited to ensure that the language is clear and suitable for a non-specialist reader, that the text conforms to the house style, the figures are presentable, and the referencing is correct. The authors are given the opportunity to approve the proofreading and copyediting changes made and to address any queries at this stage; however, major text changes are not permitted. The proofread version should be returned within a week of receipt.
Edited manuscripts then undergo layout. Proofs are sent to the authors for correction and should be returned within a week of receipt. Only minor corrections such as typos and corrections to layout can be made at this stage. Figures should be carefully checked. Final corrected proofs are not returned to the authors unless requested. No changes can be made after the proof has been approved for publication.
Authors will be informed as soon as their articles are published online. Articles are openly accessible from the website and may be distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Licence. Authors are welcome to deposit the final published version in institutional repositories or personal archives.