Editorial Policy 2017-02-20T13:16:32+00:00

Editorial Policy

Peer Review Process

The journal is subject to a rigorous double-blind peer review process to ensure the publication of works of the highest scientific quality. The peer review system uses external referees and only original works are accepted.

As a rule, the editors send the manuscript to two referees. In case of doubt, the editors may send the manuscript to a third referee, or as many additional reviewers as they see fit in order to ensure the quality of the publication.

The referees will assess 10 criteria that have been clearly defined by the journal. They will fill out a form that will be sent (anonymously) to the authors. Each criterion is rated 0 to 10, so after calculating the average score the lowest possible mark is 0, and the highest mark is 10. Based on this average score (quantitative assessment) and the comments of the referees (qualitative assessment), the editorial board of the journal will decide whether to accept or reject the paper, to request resubmission, or recommend publication of the paper in another journal.

Publication Frequency

Accepted and typeset electronic versions of the articles are published on the fly. Each article is published on the web immediately after layout, testing, and paging.

The journal releases two issues per year. The first issue is completed by mid-year (i.e., June/July), and the second issue is completed by the end of year (i.e., December).

Delayed Open Access

The journal has a delayed open access policy: the articles will be available open access 24 months after online publication. This allows the combine three key pillars: to promote free flow of knowledge; economic sustainability of the journal; and the quality and rigor of the papers published, both from an epistemic perspective (i.e., provisional acceptance of submissions, peer review process) and from an aesthetic perspective (editing, proofs, layout, testing).

The journal tries to combine excellence, solidarity and sustainability by sharing knowledge almost immediately as long as quality and survival are assured.

Two years after publication, articles become open access on the journal’s website, but retain copyright. Any person or institution wishing to upload a given article on their websites or institutional repositories must contact us. However, you may want to read our self-archiving policy first, see below.

Self-Archiving Policy for Digital Repositories

Articles are open access after two years since their online publication. However, the journal will retain copyright of these open access articles. Any person or institution wishing to upload a given article on their websites or institutional repositories should contact the commissioning editors of this journal.

Therefore, as a rule, the version of editor (VoE) cannot be uploaded neither on the personal websites nor on institutional or subject-based repositories, unless it is released under a Creative Commons license (see below). Instead, the authors are allowed to upload on their websites or institutional repositories the version of author (VoA).

  • Version of Editor (VoE): it is the work that has been peer-reviewed, edited, corrected, typeset, paginated, and indexed by the editorial staff of a journal. The VoE is also known as ‘postprint.’
  • Version of Author (VoA): it is the manuscript that was submitted initially by the author to the journal (i.e., neither reviewed nor typeset). The VoA is also known as ‘preprint.’

The cost of the complete cycle of the editorial process that leads from the VoA (i.e., raw manuscript) to the VoE (i.e., product that has been epistemic and aesthetically improved) is not negligible. It is a task performed with absolute rigor by highly respected professionals.

In order to foster the free flow of knowledge and help authors to disseminate their ideas, while ensuring the economic sustainability of the journal, we are pleased to offer authors the choice to assign a Creative Commons license to their articles. This open license will allow authors to upload their articles wherever they wish (personal website, institutional repository, etc.) just for USD 85.

By agreeing to publish in the journal, the authors transfer their commercial rights of the final work (VoE, postprint) in exchange of editorial service (peer review, layout, etc.) but retain the moral rights for the content (VoA, preprint). The authors may recover the commercial rights of the final work (VoE, postprint) and therefore can disseminate this version (VoE, postprint) online freely by simply assigning a Creative Commons license for a USD 85 fee. We will be happy to provide free advice to help authors choose the Creative Commons option that best suits their particular cases. (Remember that empirical studies have shown that open access articles may increase the number of citations up to 250% compared to non-open access articles)

In summary, authors may assign a Creative Commons license for only USD 85 and increase the number of incoming citations. This license allow authors to upload the version of the editor on the Internet (i.e., institutional repository of their university, their own personal website) so that their work preserved and accessible at their university (or personal website)… forever!

If you have questions or want more information either about delayed open access or Creative Commons licenses, please send us an email and we will help you to choose the best option for you.

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