Good reviewing practices
Proposals for publication are subject to:
- initial verification – assessment of the compatibility of the text with the publishing house’s profile and formal requirements;
- substantive assessment – the text is sent to two independent external reviewers. The model procedure is the so-called double-blind review process, in which the author and reviewers do not know each other’s identities.
The review shall be in writing and shall state unequivocally whether the text may be published or whether it should be rejected. If the reviewers’ assessment of the text diverges (one is positive and one is negative), the publishing house may appoint a third reviewer.
Moreover, there must be no conflict of interest between the author and the reviewer, including consanguinity, affinity or professional relationship. The reviewer in such a case should refuse to review, including a situation where the reviewer knows or has learned the author’s identity during the review process.