Before publication each submitted manuscript undergoes a thorough and rigorous peer-review. Final acceptance for all manuscripts is based on quality, impact and originality of research. We aim to complete the whole review process within approximately 21 days. To expedite the review process, authors are encouraged to suggest at least six expert reviewers (provide full contact details and email addresses) for their manuscript and may also request (a) specific individual(s) to be excluded from the review process (based on conflict of interest). Suggested reviewers must not be:
- current research collaborators of any of the authors
- collaborators of any of the authors during the past two years
- from the authors’ host institutions
The Editors will give consideration to the authors’ suggestions; however, their decision to choose or exclude a referee is independent of these suggestions and shall be final.
Manuscript review is undertaken in the following steps:
- Each manuscript undergoes an initial internal editorial review to ensure that the manuscript meets the scope and style of the journal.
- Manuscripts that do not conform to the scope or style of the journal, are of insufficient interest and/or quality, or those that are not clearly written, are either rejected or returned to the authors for a revision/resubmission.
- On passing the internal editorial review, the manuscripts are sent to 2-4 independent external expert reviewers.
- Once all referees have returned their reports, a decision to accept, reject or revise a manuscript is made based on the referees’ comments and the editorial judgment.
- If applicable, the authors are conveyed the reviewers’ comments and asked to answer any criticisms. Should there be substantial criticisms by a referee, the article may be sent back to the concerned referee for a second review.
- Best efforts are made to evaluate arguments given by the referees and authors before reaching a final decision, which rests with the Executive Editors and will be made as rapidly as possible.
Only under exceptional circumstances, if the authors have compelling reasons that their manuscript merits immediate publication, it is possible to arrange a rapid review of the manuscript within 7 working days. Please make a case for this in the cover letter.