All article and report submissions are blindly peer-reviewed. Articles are first reviewed internally by the respective acting editor (Editor-in-Chief or Associate Editor). If the article fulfills the submission requirements, then an anonymised version is sent to two external reviewers. The peer-review process is overseen by the acting editor, and if necessary (e.g. in case of dispute between reviewers) the acting editor consults a member of the advisory editorial board.
The acting editor invites two reviewers who are experts in the subject area of the article. Reviewers are required to evaluate the article normally within 30-40 days. As soon as they provide their feedback, the acting editor produces a report enclosing the reviewers’ comments and outlining the next steps for the authors.
If reviewers require minor revisions, then the remaining review process carries on only in collaboration with the acting editor who ensures that all necessary amendments are addressed in the revised submission of the article. If major revisions are required, then the revised submission has to go through a second cycle of blind review.
Once a manuscript is accepted for publication, it is proof-read by Approaches’ language consultants and is copy-edited. A final proof copy is sent to the authors giving the opportunity for a final check prior to its publication. Authors are expected to return their final proof comments within 10 days.
All other submission (non-article or report) genres are reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief, an Associate Editor or an advisory editorial board member only.
The review process aims to ensure the high quality of publications appearing in Approaches. Review comments are meant to be constructive and guide authors on how to further develop their manuscripts. During the review process, as with any professional peer critique, reviewers and authors may hold different perspectives on particular topics. In such cases, authors are encouraged to explain their potential disagreement. In every case, when submitting a revised version authors need to clearly indicate whether and how the review comments have been addressed.
By submitting their manuscripts to Approaches, authors agree automatically with the copyright standards of the journal.
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