Peer Review Process

Peer review

IJOIELA employs two peer review cycles: Pre-publication review (Blind Review or Open Review) and Post-publication review. If the author prefers double-blind review, he needs to upload the manuscript without any information about the authors, and in parallel with the manuscript he needs to upload a separate title page of the manuscript with the required information. If an author prefers open peer review, he initially uploads the manuscript with all the information about the authors.

All contributions will be initially assessed by the editor for suitability for the journal. Papers deemed suitable are then typically sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor's decision is final. In case of desk rejection reviews are not sent to authors.

Double-blind VS Open review

By default, author names are removed from the manuscripts to ensure double-blind peer review. But they are offered the option to give their names for reviewers, and a few select this option.

Reviewers can also remove their names from the manuscript if they are interested in blind review. However, we encourage reviewers to reveal their names. Authors appreciate knowing who reviewed their manuscript and it helps them frame suitable responses.

To facilitate double-blind review process, which means the identities of the authors are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, please include the following separately:

Title page (with author details): This should include the title, authors' names, affiliations, acknowledgements and any Declaration of Interest statement, and a complete address for the corresponding author including an e-mail address (designate as Title Page).

Blinded manuscript (no author details): The main body of the paper (including the references, figures, tables and any acknowledgements) should not include any identifying information, such as the authors' names or affiliations (designate as Main Document).

If you leave your contact information in the manuscript you should be aware that your paper will undergo open review process since you reveal your identity to the reviewers.

Post peer review

The next review cycle is implemented after the publication of the article in the journal. Any researcher who works in the field of knowledge related to the published article may send a review of the article published in the journal during an unlimited period of time. Further, by agreement between the authors and the reviewer, the review can be either published in the public domain or stored in the editorial office of the journal. As a result of post-publication review, the authors have the right to make changes in the text of the article as a response to the recommendations of reviewers. A revised version of the article with a new DOI will be uploaded to the website of the Journal. If the authors do not agree with the comments of reviewers, they provide them with a detailed response to justify their position. Upon agreement with the reviewers and the author, this response can also be posted in the public domain or sent to reviewers without making it available to the readers.

This approach allows us to get real feedback from both authors and reviewers, improves the quality of published research materials and lays the foundation for truly scientific communication.

Revised Submissions

It is highly likely that, if your paper is not rejected, you will be asked to revise it. You will have the opportunity to improve your paper taking into account the expert insights of the reviewers and the editor. This is an opportunity to distil an even better version of your paper so make the most of the invitation. You will also be able to respond to reviewer comments and signal where you have made changes or where you disagree with the advice. Remember to do this calmly and be prepared to justify your comments.

If you need to submit a revised paper as a result of the peer review process, you will also do this in the submission system. Please submit the revised manuscript along with a Rebuttal Letter in which you address the reviewer’s requests for revision to the section "Revisions" in your dashboard.