Peer Review Process

Manuscripts not adhering to journal guidelines will be returned to authors without scientific evaluation. After the Editorial Board approves that a submitted paper meets the aims and scope of the journal, it will be sent to one or two experts, advised by the Editorial Board or by a member of the Honorary Associate Editors, to review it. The Editorial Board prepares a decision letter according to the comments of the reviewers, which is sent to the corresponding author. A submitted paper will be refereed in the traditional way by at least one referees. Any member of editorial board will try to make the decision within 3 months after submission, unless the paper is longer than 15 pages. If necessary, the author(s) would be asked to revise the manuscript according to the referee reports. So, based on the referee's report, the Editorial Board decides on the paper as:

(1) The paper is accepted without changes.

(2) The paper is accepted subject to minor changes, in which case the revised version should be sent back to the journal in at most one month.

(3) The paper will be accepted subject to more substantial changes being made, in which case the revised version should be sent back to the journal in at most two months.

(4) The paper might be acceptable but requires major revisions, in which case the paper will be regarded as withdrawn and any new version will be regarded as a new submission.

(5) The paper is rejected.

 

This journal uses double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process.

 

Accepted articles: If a paper is accepted, the corresponding author will be required to provide the LaTeX file (Word files (*.doc) are also accepted but not recommended) of it that has been prepared using, without changes, the style of the journal. Please ensure the Bibliography is produced in the same style as the sample article.

 

Open Access statement: This is an open-access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.