The stages of the editorial process involve the following steps:
- Initial assessment of the article by editorial board members. Upon a positive evaluation, the article will enter the review process.
- Two anonymous double-blind peer reviews by independent scholars (six-week period). In case of major discrepancies between both reviews, a third review will be called for.
- Author’s review; additions and alterations based on the two anonymous peer reviews (two-week period). Please be advised that this is your last chance to make any substantive changes or amendments to your manuscript. The author is expected to keep to the deadline; corrections submitted after the deadline might result in the article only appearing in a later issue of the journal.
- Final decision of the entire editorial board, based on the submitted manuscript and the peer-reviews.
- Proofreading of the first proofs by the author (two-week period). Changes by the author at this stage should be kept to an absolute minimum (technical and apparent textual mistakes). Larger changes within the manuscript will no longer be accepted at this stage. The author is expected to keep to the deadline; corrections submitted after the deadline might result in the article only appearing in a later issue of the journal.
- Proofreading and amendments to the first proofs by the executive editor.
- Proofreading and amendments to the second proofs by the executive editor.
Overview of the dates of the editorial process step-by-step:
|Initial assessment by the editorial board
|Anonymous double-blind peer reviews
|Author’s corrections and amendments
|Final decision by the editorial board
|First editorial proofreading
|Second editorial proofreading