- How does Vesnu Publications select editors for journal(s)?
In new journals, Vesnu Publications selects journal editors based on these criteria:
- Closeness to the article’s field with an academic degree
- Familiarity with COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors
- Having at least 10 publication records in the journal’s field
- Proficiency in language
- Having journal executive experience for at least 1 year
In established journals, Vesnu Publications selects journal editors based on these steps:
- Base on closeness to the article’s field with an academic degree, academic experience, and previous publications, Vesnu Publications selects a reviewer. The reviewer may be introduced by authors, found via searches, or by sending a request.
- Each "Section Editor" gives each reviewer a score between 1 and 5 based on the quality of the review considering the journal's review policies as well as punctuality.
- The reviewers with the highest scores who can keep the quality of their work at a stable baseline will be added to the "Editorial Board" as "Section Editors".
- What happens when a new submission is received, and what if any reviews are made at this point?
These are the steps in primary checking:
1- Checking in terms of plagiarism using the PlagScan GmbH software
2- Checking the existence of files based the "Author Guidelines" (Main manuscript, title page, figures, and etc.)
3- Checking the content of files based the "Author Guidelines" (Authors' affiliations, titles and subtitles, style of referencing, word limitation, quality of pictures, and etc.)
4- Checking the hand-singed "Authorship Form"
5- Entering the double-blinded peer-review process
- How are peer reviewers identified, and who makes the final selection of peer reviewers?
Base on closeness to the article’s field with an academic degree, academic experience, and previous publications (articles and books), the "Editor-in-Chief" of the journal selects a reviewer. The reviewer may be introduced by authors, found via searches, or by sending a request.
- Who assesses the reviewer’s reports and makes a decision on the submission, and how is the decision reached?
There are some "Section Editors" in each journal, who manage one or more articles. They send the article to at least 3 peer reviewers for double-blinded review process, assess their comments, and make a "primary" decision. Then, the "Editor-in-Chief" assesses the whole process and makes the final decision.
- Who communicates the decision to the authors?
The "Editor-in-Chief" of the journal makes the final decision and communicates with the author.
- How is the revised manuscript assessed?
It depends on the editorial decision; in cases of "Minor revisions", the "Section Editors" assesses the revised manuscript.
However, in cases of "Major revisions", the "Section Editor" sends the article to peer reviewers to review it a second time. The peer reviewers may or may not be the same as that of the first round.
Then, the process will be the same as the first round.
- What is the role of the editorial board in the peer review process?
Generally, the "Editorial Board" consists of the "Section Editors" who manage the editorial process of articles.
Evidently, there are limited members that only take part in major decision makings such as policy making and accepting advertisements.
- Who is responsible for the final decision to accept/reject the article?
The "Editor-in-Chief" of the journal is responsible.
- The role of journal editors in reviewing and approving material that is published:
There "Section Editors" manage the peer review process and make the primary decision. The "Editor-in-Chief" supervises the editorial process and makes the final decision.