Peer Review Policy

Received submissions will be considered by the Editor-in-Chief to determine whether they fall within the scope of the journal. Appropriate submissions will be sent out for full external review. The submissions not falling within the scope of the journal will be returned to the submitting author quickly so that submission elsewhere will not be delayed.

Each paper is evaluated in a double-blind, peer review process. Manuscripts sent out for review will typically be assessed by at least two experts. However, in extenuating circumstances (e.g. because of a delay caused by an overdue reviewer), the Editor may make a recommendation based on the comments of only one reviewer, plus his/her own assessment of the manuscript.

Reviewers are allocated to manuscripts based upon various criteria including expertise, availability and workload. Only the leading specialists in the area of the manuscript are invited as reviewers. Reviewing usually takes 1-2 months. The decision of the Editor with the experts' comments will be sent to the authors. In case of the consideration of the manuscript authors are asked to improve their manuscripts based on the comments made by the Editor and the reviewers. When authors submit their revised work, they have to provide a corrected version of their manuscript using a Track Changes Mode and point-by point answers to the comments raised by the reviewers and the Editor.

Revisions and resubmissions of previously rejected manuscripts will be sent back to those reviewers who evaluated the original version of the manuscript. However, in some cases, the Editor may decide not to re-invite all original reviewers and/or may invite new reviewers.

Based on the publication frequency of SJSC, the time period between the received submission and the publication date is varying between 2 months and 5 months (depending on the availability of the next issue)

The reviewing process is summarized below:
• allocation reviewers to the manuscripts: 5-7 days
• duration of review: 1-2 months
• duration of revision: 30 days
• editing, paging: 3-7 days
• waiting for publication: varies (between 2 months and 5 months, depending on the availability of the next issue)