Peer Review Process
JANUS employs a double-blind peer review, which means that both the reviewers’ and authors’ identities are concealed from each other throughout the review process. A detailed summary of our full editorial process, including peer review, is as follows.
- All submissions are initially screened by the Chief Editor for their conformity to our scope and basic submission requirements, and checked for plagiarism. Articles that fail to abide by our ethical standards and those that do not fit the journal's scope are immediately rejected.
- Articles that pass the initial screening are then handed over to a section editor, who will select at least two relevant reviewers and initiate the peer review process.
- Once a reviewer has agreed to review the article, they will assess the content of the article and provide their recommendation to the Chief Editor.
- After every reviewer has submitted their recommendations, the article is either rejected or revisions are requested.
- An article that requires revisions is returned to the submitting author, who will have up to a month to revise it. Once the revision is submitted, it is once again assessed by the section editor to determine whether the changes are adequate and appropriate, as well as whether the author(s) sufficiently responded to the reviewers' comments and suggestions. If the revisions are deemed to be inadequate, this step is repeated (the article is returned to the submitting author once more for further revision).
- Finally, the revised article is either accepted or rejected, depending on whether the section editor has found the article to have been improved to a level worthy of publication. If an author is unable to make the requested changes, the article is rejected. The final decision to accept the article is made by the Chief Editor based on the recommendation of the section editor and following approval by the editorial board.
- An accepted article is returned to the submitting author for final editing of its language and content; these are changes that improve the readability of the article without changing the substance of the content. JANUS requires authors to return the article with proof that changes have been made, following which it will also be checked by an in-house copyeditor and reviewed by the editorial board before it is ultimately greenlit for publication.
- Once greenlit, the article is handed over to the journal’s typesetter. The final version of the article, as it will appear in JANUS, is returned to the submitting author for proofreading and final approval.