Peer Review Policy

All submissions undergo a rigorous review process in order to maintain a high-quality publication. Manuscripts are evaluated by the Editor-In-Chief and/or a designated Editorial Board Member to ensure they meet the journal's scientific standards and are eligible for peer review.  Characteristics of the peer review process are as follows:

  • Simultaneous submissions of the same manuscript to different journals is not allowed.
  • Manuscripts with contents outside the scope will not be considered for review.
  • Papers will be single-blind reviewed by at least two referees selected by the editorial board  based on their expertise in the topic.
  • The referees provide detailed comments and recommendations to help the editorial board member arrive at the appropriate editorial decision. In addition, Editors will have the option of seeking additional reviews when needed.
  • The corresponding author will be informed of the reviewers’ comments.
  • Revised manuscripts are evaluated by the editorial board member and are sent back to the original referees in the case of major revisions.
  • Authors will be informed when Editors decide that further review is required.
  • All publication decisions are made by the journal's Editor-in-Chief on the basis of the referees' reports and Editor’s recommendations. The Editors-in-Chief has the ultimate authority to accept or reject a submission.
  • Authors of papers that are not accepted for publications are notified promptly.
  • If the manuscript is accepted, it will be copy edited, and a galley proof will be sent to the corresponding author for the final correction and approval.
  • All submitted manuscripts are treated as confidential documents. We expect our Board of Reviewing Editors and reviewers to treat manuscripts as confidential material as well.

Authors may appeal to the Editorial Board member or Editor-In-Chief to reconsider a rejection decision if they believe that the reviewers have seriously misjudged the manuscript. All appeals will be given careful consideration. The Editorial Board member and/or Editor-In-Chief will determine if further consideration is merited or if the original decision should stand.

Submissions from editors or members of the editorial board are handled by an editorial board member who is not connected with the manuscript to ensure that such submissions receive an objective and unbiased evaluation.