Peer Review Process

       I.          When a manuscript is submitted to journal, it is firstly screened by editor-in-chief/co-editor-in-chief for basic criteria such as aims and scope, language accuracy, science, incorrect references, etc.. If it is accepted for peer review, the manuscript is assigned by editor-in-chief/co-editor-in-chief to an appropriate editor.

     II.          The editor chooses two reviewer to evaluate the paper (the editor can also be a reviewer). Then, the reviewers send the editor a detailed report with their comments on the manuscript and recommendations.     

    III.          The editor considers the feedback provided by the peer review process and arrives at a decision. The following are the common decisions that are  probably made:

  • Accept without any changes: the journal will publish the paper in its original form
  • Accept with minor revisions: the journal will publish the paper and asks the author to make small corrections
  • Revise and resubmit (conditional rejection): the journal is willing to reconsider the paper in another round of decision making after the authors make major changes
  • Reject the paper: the journal will not publish the paper.

      IV.          Editor-in-chief/co-editor-in-chief approves the editor’s decision on the manuscript and the editor announces the final result of discussion to author for appropriate action.

      V.          If authors need to revise the manuscript, the revision will go through the same process.