Peer Review Process
Peer Review and Quality Control
As soon as the manuscript is submitted by an Author, an Editor estimates whether it matches the journal’s scope. The Editor checks whether the manuscript has been prepared in accordance with the necessary requirements. The papers, which do not correspond to the standard criteria, can be rejected. Once the primary check is finished, each manuscript has to undergo a single-blind peer-review carried out by independent researchers with a relevant area of expertise. The peer-review process is aimed at ensuring research materials of high quality and serves as a validation mechanism of scholarly publishing. The reviewer`s report is an essential part of the process. The Scientific.net provides the reviews with an understandable report form.
Having completed the reviews, all the Reviewers send the expanded reports with their own comments and suggestions to the Editor. The comments on the manuscript should be detailed, constructive and polite, not containing any personal remarks or details including the Reviewer’s name. The Reviewers are not able to accept or reject the papers, however, their points of view and recommends are highly important and are always taken into account by the Editor, who issues the final verdict.
Having considered the Reviewers’ reports, the Editor or the Editorial board come up to their final decision, which can be as follows:
- To accept the paper without any changes (acceptance): the paper will be published in its original form.
- To accept the paper with optional minor changes (acceptance): the paper will be published as soon as the Author makes some small corrections.
- To revise the paper (mandatory minor/major revision): the paper will be reviewed after the Author(s) introduce(s) the changes suggested by the Reviewers and/or the Editor.
- To reject the paper (rejection): the paper will not be published or reconsidered for publication even if the Author(s) makes a major revision.