Editorial Workflow

Journal of Renewable Materials

ISSN: 2164-6325 (Print)

ISSN: 2164-6341 (Online)


Editorial Procedure and Peer Review 

All Tech Science Press (TSP) journals are peer-review journals. The publication ethics and publication malpractice statement regulate ethical behavior based on COPE´s Best Practice Guidelines and is supplemented by instructions to authors. 


Initial Checks

All submitted manuscripts received by the Editorial Office will be initial-checked by a Managing Editor before the manuscripts sent to peer-review to decide whether they are correctly formatted/prepared and follow the ethical policies of the journal and also fit the scope of the journal and whether it is scientifically sound. Manuscripts that do not meet the journal's ethics policy or do not qualify to the standards or the scope of the journal will be rejected before peer-review. Manuscripts that are inadequately prepared will be returned to the author(s) for revision and resubmission. After the initial check, the managing editor will send the qualified manuscripts to the journals' Editor(s). Editor(s) will make initial decisions, qualified manuscripts will be sent for peer-review. No judgment on the significance or potential impact of the work will be made at the initial check stage. Rejection decisions at this stage will be verified by the Editor(s). 


Peer Review

All manuscripts considered for publication in our journals, including invited papers, go through a stringent and thorough peer-review procedure. After an initial check, the manuscript is assigned to a handling editor, who then assigns it to reviewers and otherwise oversees the peer review. Authors may be asked to make minor or even major revisions before a handling editor decides whether to proceed with subsequent rounds of peer review. The final decision regarding acceptance is made by either the journal’s Editor(s). 

At least two independent experts who are not part of the journal’s editorial staff take part in the peer-review procedure. The procedure is single-blind in nature, meaning that the reviewers know the identities of the authors whose work they are assessing but that the authors do not know the identities of the reviewers. The comments generated during peer review remain confidential and may only be disclosed with the express agreement of the reviewer. 

Editor(s) may consider assigning a manuscript to reviewers whom the authors suggest. In any case, the reviewers must have no conflicts of interest. In particular, scholars who have published joint work with any of the authors at any time the two years prior to submission of a manuscript or who are currently collaborating with any researchers at any of the authors’ institutions are not eligible to serve as reviewers. 


Reviewers’ Responsibilities

Reviewers are expected

  • to contribute to the orderly running and reputation of the journal and to further its quality-driven mission by evaluating manuscripts objectively and in a timely manner; 

  • to maintain the confidentiality of any information supplied by the editor or author, to destroy the manuscript after their reviews, and not to copy it or to use or disseminate unpublished information, arguments, or interpretations contained therein without express permission to do so;

  • to make clear and justify the bases of their evaluations;

  • to be aware of potential conflicts of interest (i.e., financial, institutional, collaborative, or other relationships between a reviewer and an author) and to bring any such conflicts to the editor’s attention, if necessary ceasing their work on the manuscript;

  • to notify the associate editor and editor-in-chief immediately should they become aware of any scientific misconduct, fraud, plagiarism, or other unethical behavior related to the manuscript.


The Peer-Review Process


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Editorial Decisions

All original articles, reviews, and other types of papers published in TSP journals go through the peer-review process. The decision regarding publication is based on a minimum of two reviewers’ comments and may take one of four forms. 


Accept 

The paper is in principle accepted based on the reviewers’ comments. The decision to publish is not based solely on the scientific validity of an article’s content but may also take into account such considerations as its extent and importance.  


Minor revisions 

The paper is to be accepted after it has undergone minor revisions specified in the reviewers’ comments. In this situation, authors have five days to complete the minor revisions along with point-by-point responses to the comments or to provide a rebuttal letter.  


Major revisions 

The paper may be accepted provided that it is thoroughly revised. In this case as well, the authors must provide a point-by-point response or rebuttal to the comments, and the revised version is sent to the same reviewer for further comment. 


Decline 

Articles are rejected without the possibility of acceptance after revision when they are found to suffer from serious flaws and/or to make no substantial original contribution to the scholarship.  

In the cases in which revisions are called for, then, authors are expected to provide point-by-point responses to the reviewers’ comments, especially in those instances in which they disagree with the comments. 

The journal’s editorial workflow authorizes the editors to reject any manuscript because its subject is deemed inappropriate, it is of poor quality, or its results appear erroneous. Editors are themselves prevented from serving as external reviewers of manuscripts in order to ensure that every manuscript submitted to their journal undergoes a well-informed and unbiased peer-review process. Thus, any manuscript must be recommended by, usually, two or more external reviewers along with the handling editor before it is accepted for publication in its final form. 


Online First 

Most articles accepted and ready for publication in a TSP journal are published Online First, prior to an assignment of a journal issue. Articles published Online First are copyedited and proofed by the author(s) before being published. Online First articles can be cited by the article’s Digital Object Identifier (DOI). Every article has a unique DOI which is the permanent identifier of all versions of that article. A DOI will always resolve to the latest version.