- After receiving the manuscripts, the editorial board decides whether the manuscripts should be submitted for review or not.
- Once manuscripts are submitted for review, each editorial board member should nominate a list of reviewers. Then the executive editor decides the sequence and invite two reviewers. As a general rule, reviewers who were more editorial board members nominated will be in the priority consideration. We exclude any possible nominees who may obstruct fairness during the review process.
- The editorial board members nominate reviewers anonymously.
- Both reviewers and authors are anonymous during the review process
- There are four kinds of review comments: (1) highly recommended, (2) minor revision, (3) major revision, (4) not recommended.
- In general, if two comments are (1.1), (1.2) or (2.2), the manuscript will be accepted; if they are (1.3), (2.3) or (3.3), the manuscript will be returned to the author for revising and resubmitting, and it will be sent to the third reviewer if necessary; if they are (1.4) (2.4) or (3.4), the manuscript will go through a third review; if they are (4.4), the manuscript will be rejected.
- The editorial board has the ultimate authority on deciding whether or not to accept the manuscript refer to review comments.