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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 one independent expert reviewer 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 Mathematics and Mechanics of Complex Systems 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 Editors (shorthand for Voting Editors) make the final decision on a submitted manuscript after the manuscript has been proposed for publication by an Editor or member of the Editorial Board. The proposing Editor (or member of the Editorial Board) must explicitly endorse the paper's scientific content. The information-gathering process is open to all the Editors throughout. Specifically:

  1. Upon submission, an author suggests an Editor or a member of the Editorial Board to be the article's handling editor.
  2. The handling editor enlists the cooperation of two experts to act as reviewers. If and when the handling editor decides for the publication of the manuscript, he or she sends the Editors a proposal to that effect, together with the reviews and other information in support of the proposal.
  3. When the handling editor suggested by the author is unable or unwilling to handle the paper, or when a conflict of interest might be present, another handling editor will take on the task.
  4. The handling editor will make a reasonable effort to have the paper evaluated fairly. Failure to find willing reviewers after several attempts is sufficient grounds for rejection.
  5. Within 30 days after the proposal, the Editors express their opinion about the paper. If at least two Editors (apart from the proponent) second the publication proposal and none opposes it, the article is accepted at the end of 30 days. If there are unfavorable votes at the end of the 30 days, the paper needs the support of two-thirds of the Editors to be accepted.

Any modification in the list of Editors is decided with the approval of two-thirds of the Editors. Upon reaching the age of 75, editors become Honorary Editors.

Published articles will include the words "Communicated by …" in a prominent location.