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Peer Review Process

All submissions are initially assessed by an Editor, who decides whether or not the article fits the scope of the journal and is suitable for peer review. Submissions considered suitable are assigned to two or more (usually three) independent experts.

The journal operates a double-blind peer review process, meaning that authors and reviewers remain anonymous for the review process. The review period is expected to take around four weeks. Reviewers are asked to provide useful and informative feedback, even if an article is not deemed suitable for publication in the journal.

Based on the reviewer reports the editor will make a recommendation for rejection, minor or major revisions, or acceptance. Overall editorial responsibility rests with the journal’s co-Editors-in-Chief, who are supported by an expert, international Editorial Board.

Reviewers will be asked to comment on some or all of the criteria below:

  • Originality
  • Previous work
  • Clarity
  • Methodology
  • Reproducibility
  • Ethical approval
  • Overall value

For Dataset papers, the reviewers are asked for comment on:

  • Relevance
  • Collection and processing methods
  • Quality of dataset and description, including potential and suitability for reuse

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  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Overview articles

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

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