Peer Review Policy

Peer Review Process

Authors submit their manuscripts via online system or electronically via email to mjss@richtmann.org. Each research manuscript is assigned to an external editor for the double blinded peer review process which means the identities of the authors are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa.

The Review Process step by step

All articles submitted to Richtmann Journals undergo to a rigorous double blinded peer review process. The review process may take up to 30-45 days. If reviewers needs more time, authors will be notified for the delay.

I. Submission of Paper

The corresponding or submitting author submits the paper to the journal. You can use the online system or send it by email.

II. Editorial Office Assessment

The journal checks the paper’s composition and arrangement against the journal’s Author Guidelines to make sure it includes the required sections and stylizations. The editorial office checks also that the paper is appropriate for the journal and is sufficiently original and interesting. If not, the paper may be rejected without being reviewed any further. The paper at this stage is checked with iThenticate sofware for plagiarism. (Click here for the Originality and Plagiarism Policy)

III. Invitation to Reviewers

If the article is original at this stage the editor sends invitations to professors or researchers that would be appropriate reviewers. As responses are received, further invitations are issued, if necessary, until the required number of acceptances is obtained.

IV. Response to Invitations

Potential reviewers consider the invitation against their own expertise, conflicts of interest and availability. They then accept or decline. When declining, they might also suggest alternative reviewers or the Editor will invite another one.

V. Review is Conducted

The reviewer sets time aside to read and review the paper. The reviewer takes notes so as to build a detailed point-by-point review. The review is then submitted to the journal, with a recommendation to accept or reject it – or else with a request for revision (major or minor) before it is reconsidered.

VI. Journal Evaluates the Reviews

The editor considers all the returned reviews before making an overall decision. If the reviews differ widely, the editor may invite an additional reviewer so as to get an extra opinion before making a decision.

VII. The Decision is Communicated

The editor sends a decision email to the author including any relevant reviewer comments.The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor's decision is final

REVISED SUBMISSIONS

If the article is accepted with minor or major revision, at this stage the author should send  the revised copy of the article to the editor. 

FINAL DECISION

After sending the revised articles, the publisher makes the final decision whether or not to accept the article for publication.