JCM operates a rigorous double-blind peer-review process. This is a assessment with at least two independent reviewers, followed by a final acceptance/rejection decision by the Action Editor. A summary of the editorial process is given in the flowchart below. The following provides notes on each step.
At least two review reports are collected for each submitted article. Suggestions of reviewers can be made by action editor during pre-check.
The following checks are applied to all reviewers:
• That they hold no conflicts of interest with the authors;
• That they hold a PhD;
• They must have recent publications in the field of the submitted paper;
The reviewers will submit their reports on the manuscripts along with their recommendation of one of the following actions to Action Editor:
• Accept without revision
• Consider after minor revision
• Consider after major revision
• Reject: Manuscript is flawed or not sufficiently novel
When all reviewers have submitted their reports, the Action Editor can make one of the following editorial recommendations:
• Ask author for revision
Reviewers make recommendations, and the Action Editor are free to disagree with their views. If they do so, they should justify their decision, for the benefit of the authors.
If the Action Editor recommends “Accept without revision”, the manuscript will be double-checked by editorial office. Once this is done, the authors will be notified of the manuscript’s acceptance.
If the Action Editor recommends rejecting the manuscript, the rejection is immediate.
If the Action Editor recommends “ask author for revision, it will enter into “Revision” process.
In cases revisions are recommended, the authors are notified to prepare and submit a revised version of their manuscript with the required changes suggested by the reviewers. The former reviewers will review the revised manuscript and provide suggestion as to whether the authors had addressed all their concerns. The Action Editor will check the revised version, author response, and second round comments, and then make final decision. Once the Action Editor is satisfied with the final manuscript, the manuscript can be accepted.
Once a paper is accepted for publication, it will be sent to authors for final proofreading, and then be arranged for publication.
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