Initial Evaluation Process
Each paper is initially assessed by the editor for suitability for the journal. Papers deemed suitable are then typically sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper.
Peer Review Process
Reviewer selection is critical to the publication process. Therefore, reviewers are matched to the paper according to their expertise. Reviewers should bear in mind that all manuscripts contain confidential information, which should be treated as such.
All submissions are evaluated based on several factors, including originality, adequacy of methodology, analysis and interpretation, ethical issues, contribution to the literature, and quality of communication.
Peer Review Timeline
Typically, the manuscript will be reviewed within 30 days. If necessary, revised manuscripts as well as the response to reviewers’ files should be returned to the initial reviewers, usually within 1 month. Reviewers may request more than one revision of a manuscript, and alternative reviewers may also be invited to review the manuscript at any time.