The entire editorial workflow is handled via the OMS. The manuscript is forwarded to the most suitable editor depending on the subject matter and availability.
I. Editor decides on the procedure
The editor rejects the manuscript if
a) He finds the manuscript is of unsatisfactory quality or
b) The manuscript subject matter does not suit the journal's content.
If the editor does not reject the manuscript, he forwards it to at least two peer reviewers for assessment.
II. Peer review process
The manuscript is assessed by the peer reviewers. After assessing the manuscript the peer reviewers send their reports to the editor. The peer reviewers give a recommendation as to the further course of action.
The editor decides on the further course of action. The manuscript is
a) Published unchanged.
b) Published following minor alterations or minor revision. The authors are requested to produce and submit a final version of the manuscript with the required amendments.
c) Reassessed following major alterations or major revision.
The authors are requested to produce and submit a version of the manuscript with the required amendments. The manuscript is sent to the peer reviewers for reassessment. The peer-review process begins anew.
Once the editor initiates no further changes, the manuscript is approved for publication.
The final decision generally lies with the editor.
If the manuscript is published, the editor's name is also published with it in acknowledgment of his contribution to the peer-review process.