Manuscript Processing

Manuscripts are reviewed immediately by a double-blinded peer-reviewed process upon receipt. Double-blinded peer review does not apply to research note and book review.

After receiving the manuscripts, the editorial board decides whether they should be submitted for review or not.

Once manuscripts are sent for review, all editorial board members are requested to nominate reviewer candidates, from which the chief editor decides the sequence and invites two reviewers. As a general rule, we exclude any possible nominees who may obstruct fairness during the review process.

There are four kinds of review comments: (1) Accept, (2) Accept after Revision, (3) Revise and Resubmit, (4) Reject. In general, if two comments are (1.1), (1.2)and(2.2) the manuscript will be accepted; if they are (4.4), the manuscript will be rejected; if they are (1.4)and (2.4), the manuscript will go through a third review; if they are (1.3), (2.3), (3.3), (3.4), the manuscript will be returned to the author for revising and resubmitting, and it will be sent to the third reviewer if necessary.

The editorial board has the ultimate authority on deciding whether or not to accept the manuscript according to review comments.