Journal review system
The process begins with a pre-evaluation of the article by the journal’s Editorial Team, aimed at defining general aspects and the subject’s relevance, and, where necessary, requesting that the document be formatted according to publication norms.
For submissions where the Editorial Team maintains doubts that the article’s content meets the journal’s aims, the Editorial Committee will be requested to arbitrate.
Once the article is pre-approved, double-blind evaluation begins (where the reviewers are unknown to the authors and vice versa), through the designation of five (5) specialist reviewers on the subject, belonging, if possible, to both national and international institutions
The criteria under which reviewers are appointed are their specialisation in the subject and/or related disciplines, and that they belong to other institutions.
Each reviewer will provide one of the following recommendations:
- Accepted without modification or with minor changes.
- Accepted with modifications.
- Accepted, but with major modifications.
- To be reconsidered after major revision.
- Article does not coincide with the journal’s aims.
- Rejected for publication.
In the first three cases, the reviewer can opt to re-evaluate the article before publication, by choosing the corresponding option on the evaluation form. In the fourth case, the article will be returned to the same reviewers once the required revision has been completed.
If any reviewer indicates that the article does not meet the journal’s aims, the evaluation process will be widened and eventually additional reviewers appointed, or the authors will be recommended to submit to an alternative journal. In cases of rejection due to serious flaws, such as lack of originality, the decision will be definitive, unless doubts remain over the veracity of the judgement, in which case the Editorial Committee will take the final decision as to whether to continue with the evaluation process or ratify the rejection.
The participation of the reviewers in the anonymous (double-blind) evaluation process will be acknowledged on the cover page of each new issue of the journal, indicating name and affiliation, including cases where the article has been rejected or the authors have withdrawn their manuscript from consideration.