Peer Review Process

Our journals are committed to providing authors with fast, constructive and fair reviews. Submitted papers will be first evaluated by the Editors-in-Chief or Associate Editors to determine whether they should be reviewed by external referees based on scientific merit and technical quality of the papers. Manuscripts that successfully goes through the initial assessment will be assigned to a subject expert in our team of Editors to oversee the review process. At least three external referees will be invited and assigned the manuscript based on their expertise. Submissions determined not to be reviewed by editors will be returned to authors and will in general not be considered again unless substantial revision has been made. Resubmitted papers will be considered as a new submission. For peer-reviewed papers, a decision of either acceptance, acceptance after revision, reconsideration after revision, or rejection will be made by editors based on the evaluation of referees. We aim to offer a fast publication schedule while maintaining rigorous peer review. A decision will usually be reached within 3 weeks of submission.

At submission, authors are encouraged to suggest editorial members and at least five potential reviewers who are qualified to provide an independent assessment of the manuscript. Authors should not suggest colleagues who work in the same institution as themselves or recent collaborators. In the cover letter, authors may also identify individuals who should be excluded as a reviewer and give the reason for the exclusion.