Editorial Policies

Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

After a manuscript is submitted to the journal, the editors screen the article and decide whether it should be rejected immediately or sent for peer review. If the decision is to review, the article is sent to two anonymous external referees. The journal follows a double-blind peer review process, where both the referee and author remain anonymous throughout the review process. The review process normally takes two to four months. After all referee reports are received, the manuscript is re-assessed by the editors. If the two reviewers disagree, the editor-in-chief may make the decision or choose to send the article to a third reviewer. The reports along with the decision letter are sent to the author. At this stage, the decision may be one of the following: (a) accept, (b) accept with minor revisions, (c) major revisions needed and re-submission and re-review required, or (d) reject.

Conflict of Interest

Editors avoid judging manuscripts that conflict with their own interest. When reviewing an article submitted by one of our editors or by a member of our Editorial Board, the editor in question is excluded from the review process. The whole editorial decision-making process is handled by other editors with decision-making responsibility.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.