All the articles submitted for publication in the TETS Journal are subject to a double blind review process, whose aim is to ensure the quality and validity of individual articles published.
Step-by-step guide to the review process
- Initial screening
During this stage, journal editors screen the manuscript, with particular attention to the article abstract and the Introduction section. Therefore, it is advisable that authors craft the two sections of their articles so that they clearly highlight the significance of the manuscript and of the research conducted as well as demonstrate the suitability of the article for the journal, given its topic coverage. Other parts of the paper, including figures and tables, may also be inspected to determine whether the manuscript qualifies for further processing. If the manuscript is rejected, the review process ends here.
- Double blind peer review
The double blind review process guarantees that both the reviewer and the article author remain anonymous, which prevents reviewer bias and levels the chances of all authors for the publication of their articles, irrespective of their prior achievements and reputation.
Two peer reviewers, who are experts in the subject matter area, are chosen for the review process. They scrutinise the manuscript submitted for a number of criteria:
- Significance of the topic and contribution to existing knowledge
- Article organization and readability
- Soundness of the research methodology
- Relevance of the conclusions in the light of the research results obtained
- Adequacy of literature review
- Possible recommendations to manuscript authors
Once the peer review process is completed, the reviewers individually send the TEST Journal detailed reports with their comments on the manuscript and their recommendation. The review procedue is supposed to be completed within 3 weeks. However, in particular cases it may happen to take longer.
- Final decision
The reviewers’ reports include their recommendations for the manuscript, on the basis of which the final decision is taken by the journal editor.
The recommendation options include:
- Accept without any changes: the journal will publish the paper as it was submitted
- Accept with minor revisions: the journal will publish the paper but the author will be asked to introduce small corrections
- Accept after major revisions: the journal will publish the paper, provided the author introduces all the changes from the reviewers
- Revise and resubmit: the journal will reconsider the manuscript for publication after the author has made substantial changes to it before it is resubmitted
- Reject the paper: the manuscript will not be published by the journal
Post-rejection article transfer
Authors whose articles are rejected in the course of the review procedure are free to transfer their article submission to another journal without the need to seek permission from the TETS Journal editors.