Peer Review Process

Papers received by the Editorial Board are sent to at least two referees. Although authors are invited to suggest reviewers who are competent to examine their manuscript, the Editorial Board is not limited to such suggestions. Identities of the reviewers will not be released to the authors. The review process is expected to be complete within 3 months, but conflicting recommendations, difficulties finding peer reviewers and other unpredictable events may cause some delay.

The comments and recommendations of the referees and the Editorial Board are sent to the authors for further action. The authors are allowed 30 days to undertake revisions and return the corrected text to the Editorial Board. The final decision on acceptance or rejection is made by the Editorial Board. This decision, together with any relevant reasons, will be send to the corresponding author.

The accepted manuscript is checked for conformation to the Instructions to Authors and to ensure that all necessary paperwork is present. Any areas that are identified as problematic will be addressed by the Editorial Board in consultation with the corresponding author. The papers will be prepared for publication by a professional copy editor responsible for ensuring that the final printed work is consistent in form and style.

Galley proofs. A galley proof is sent to the corresponding author. It should be checked very carefully and must be returned within 2 days of receipt. The proof stage is not the time to make extensive corrections, additions, or deletions.