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From Submission to Acceptance

1. Author Submits Paper

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2. In-House Editor Performs Checks​​​​​​​

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  • Scope suitability
  • Study’s Novelty & Potential Impact
  • Adherence to Editorial Policies (Ethics, Plagiarism,…)


If deemed suitable, you will be invited to Handle the Manuscript. The invitation email will include a brief summary of the internal Assessment and might, in some cases, contain an in-house Recommendation.

3. You Assess Manuscript

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How to Accept/Decline an Invitation within the Editorial System, please see page 8.

How to view Manuscript within the Editorial System, please see page 10.

a) If the In-House recommendation is Peer-Review, please only perform a quick assessment to ensure there are no big issues that might have been overlooked by the internal Team

b) If the In-House recommendation is undecided, please assess Manuscript more thoroughly 

Please read our guide outlining the key things to look for when assessing Manuscripts

What to do Next?

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  • If you think this Manuscript is suitable for Peer-Review, start inviting Reviewers  (3A)
  • If you think this Manuscript is not suitable for Peer-Review, submit appropriate Decision and provide comments to the authors (3B)
  • Unsure how to proceed (3C)

3A. You Invite Reviewers

New Content ItemPlease read our guide on our Reviewer’s criteria, how to find suitable Reviewers, and tools you can use to aid you in your search.

How to invite Reviewers within the Editorial System, please see page 11.

How to Register a new Review in the Editorial System, please see page 13.

If you are struggling to find Reviewers, please  contact member of our in-House team.

3B. You Make a Decision

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  • Reject before Peer-Review
  • Reject & Transfer

Please note that all your Decisions will be returned to the in-House Editor for final check. If we agree with our recommendation we will  inform the authors of our Decision and copied you in. If there are any concerns with your recommendation, we will contact you.

For how to submit a Decision within the Editorial System, please see page 18.

3C. Unsure

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to your in-house contact for advice, we're always happy to help.

4. Making Decision after Review

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  • Minor revisions (You are able to check the revisions)
  • Major revisions (May require re-review from the original reviewers)
  • Reject after review

Please see our guidance on making Decisions.Please note that all your Decisions will be returned to the in-House Editor for final check. If we agree with our recommendation we will  inform the authors of our Decision and copied you in. If there are any concerns with your recommendation, we will contact you. 

5. Author Submits a Revised Manuscript

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6. Assessing Revised Manuscript

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Please see our guidance on handling Revised Submissions here.

How to invite original Reviewers within Editorial Manager to Revised Submissions, please see page 14.

7. Making Final Decision

New Content ItemPlease note that all your Decisions will be returned to the in-House Editor for final check. If we agree with our recommendation we will  inform the authors of our Decision and copied you in. If there are any concerns with your recommendation, we will contact you.

8. In-House Editor Performs Standard Checks before Acceptance

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  • Formatting
  • Confirmation of Authorship from all Authors

If all OK, proceed with Accept.