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Overview of the peer-review process

This journal operates a single-anonymized review process (the names of the reviewers are hidden from the author). All contributions will be initially assessed by an 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. The editors are responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The editors' decisions are final. Editors are not involved in decisions about papers which they have written themselves. Details of the peer-review process follow.

Responsibilities of reviewers


Judgments should be objective and well considered. Reviewers should have no conflict of interest with any participant.


Reviewers must retain confidentiality with respect to the reviewed article. Reviewers' identities are not disclosed to authors or third parties.


Reviewers should be alert for additional resources or information that could be brought to the author's attention for improvement of the article.

Responsibilities of the journal and its editors

The governance structure of the journal and its acceptance procedures are transparent and designed to ensure the highest quality of published material. Business concerns are not allowed to compromise intellectual and ethical standards. The chief editors make the final decision on a submitted manuscript after the manuscript has been proposed for publication by an Editor (member of the Editorial Board). The proposing Editor must explicitly endorse the paper's scientific content. The information-gathering process is open to the whole Editorial Board throughout. Specifically:

1. Upon submission, authors may optionally suggest one or more members of the Editorial Board to act as the article's handling editor.

2. The paper is assigned by one of the chief editors to a member of the Editorial Board. The assignee becomes the handling editor of the paper. A paper may be reassigned (for example, if the first assignee does not wish to handle it).

3. A chief editor can reject a paper that seems unlikely to meet the journal's standards, without assigning it to a handling editor.

4. The handling editor can quickly recommend rejection of a paper that seems unlikely to meet the journal's standards. Experts may optionally be consulted for a general opinion on whether the standards are likely to be met. A paper that is not rejected at that stage is typically sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers. The handling editor may elect to serve as a referee if the paper falls within the appropriate area of specialization.

5. The handling editor may at any time request that the author(s) submit a revision (for example, to take into account a referee's comments). This does not imply that the paper will be accepted if the revision is made.

6. The handling editor makes a recommendation with justification explaining the reasoning and the standards which are being used.

7. The final decision rests with the chief editors.


The journal strives for a reasonably quick peer-review process. An initial decision as to the suitability of a newly submitted paper is typically made within a week. If a submission undergoes peer-review, we hope to receive an initial round of referee reports within approximately two months. Revisions, if any, should be submitted by the author(s) within three months of the revision request.