General guidelines for reviewing
- Manuscripts, submitted to the International Trends Journal, are assessed in accordance with the double-blind peer-review procedure. For this purpose the manuscripts are sent to the external experts without any identification of authorship. Similarly, the journal does not disclose names and positions of reviewers to the authors or third parties in accordance with the Publication Ethics & Publication Malpractice Statement, as well as international standards of peer-reviewing in academic journals.
- Reviewing is conducted on the basis of the standardized questionnaire.
- The journal invites for the reviewing recognized specialists in the field of the study covered in the manuscript or, if there are no such experts available in related topics. The experts are selected given their professional credentials, academic achievements and previous publications. The editors also should avoid conflicts interests between authors and reviewers. Therefore, the assessment of the manuscripts cannot be conducted by members of the family and relatives, faculty of the same academic department or division in a research institute as well as scholars who co-authored publications. The same expert cannot be invited to conduct peer-review more than three times within one academic year.
- In the selection process the journal could take into account suggestions made by the author of the manuscript.
1. A submitted manuscript is initially assessed by the editors in order to confirm that it corresponds to the scope and standards of the journal. Then, the editors exclude any references to the author and code the manuscript. The coded manuscript is submitted to the reviewer.
2. The editors select no less than two external experts and invite them to review the manuscript. Such experts are informed that they should assess the relevance of the issue and academic level of the manuscript, its contribution to the field and correspondence to the scope of the journal.
3. The coded manuscript is sent to the external experts together with the standardized questionnaire via e-mail. The editors in the covering letter mention the deadline for the review (it is decided individually after consultation with the reviewer, but in any case cannot be longer than 2 months).
4. Throughout the review process, the editors provide consulting services to the experts regarding the questionnaire.
5. After receiving of the results of the external assessment the editors examine the review, in order to confirm that it corresponds to the existing criteria. If the review does not give an adequate evaluation of the manuscript the editors could seek additional review by other experts.
6. If the review includes recommendations for improving the manuscript it is forwarded to the author. The editors exclude comments, which are provided by the reviewer to them exclusively as well as any offensive or insulting comments.
7. The deadline for resubmitting the manuscript is defined each time individually, but could not be longer than 3 months. If the manuscript is rewritten significantly before resubmission (no less than 15% of the text), it could be sent for additional reviewing.
8. It is preferable to invite for this additional reviewing the same experts as for initial review (in case they agree). However, other experts could also be invited as well.
Role of peer-review
The results of external peer-review are taken into account in the decision on publication of the manuscript or before sending to the author request to revise it. However, the final decision on the publication is left to the editors.