Peer Review Policy

All submitted manuscripts are reviewed through a 'double-blind' peer review process that means the identities of the authors are kept confidential from the reviewers, and vice versa.

To make this possible, anonymized versions of the manuscript are sent to referees. The editor first considers submitted papers after submission. Papers that do not fall within the scope of the journal are 'desk rejected. In addition, papers that fail to meet a minimum threshold for quality and originality are also rejected without being sent out to the reviewers.

Papers passing through this initial editorial scrutiny are typically sent out to a minimum of three referees (one national and two international). If one or more of these turn down the invitation to provide a review, other referees will subsequently be appointed. Normally, at least two authoritative reviews are needed before the respective editor can decide whether to accept, reject, or ask for a 'revise and resubmit' of the submitted paper.