Peer review guidelines

The Journal is committed to publishing high-quality, original research which has not been previously published elsewhere in any format. Submissions are subject to a two-step double-blind peer review process.


Step 1 – internal review

All submissions are first internally reviewed by the editor(s) and assistant editor(s) of the corresponding section. This is so as to ensure that submissions meet the basic requirements regarding scholarly rigour, and that the submissions that we receive:

  1. Are in line with the scope of the journal
  2. Have a clear aim and methodology
  3. Situate their research within the existing scholarship
  4. Have an adequately developed conceptual and/or theoretical framework
  5. Follow the Journal’s style sheet
  6. Follow academic code of ethics

If the submissions are not deemed to follow the basic requirements adequately, submissions are not forwarded for external double-blind peer review.

Once the internal peer review process is completed, authors are notified as to whether their submission has been forwarded for external double-blind peer review. If the submission is rejected at the stage of the internal peer-review, authors are also notified and informed of the grounds for rejection. The internal review may take ca. 6 weeks.


Step 2 – double-blind external peer review

Those submissions that pass the internal peer-review are forwarded for double-blind peer review by scholars in the field, always ensuring that these are independent from the author(s). Members of the Advisory Board have first priority as external peer reviewers. However, if the field of specialisation of the submission is not covered by members of the Advisory Board, the editors look for and secure external peer reviewers that have the necessary expertise so as to guarantee the highest standard in the peer review process. On the basis of the peer reviewers’ reports, the editors and assistant editors make a final decision regarding publication of each submission. The authors receive the reports and are notified of the editorial decision regarding publication once the external peer review process is completed. This may take 4-6 months since submission. Submissions may receive any of the following decisions: (i) accepted without any further changes; (ii) accepted subject to revisions; (iii) rejected on the basis of the reviewers’ reports.