All submissions to OJBE are initially screened by the Editor-in-Chief and his Associate Editors-in-Chief. At this stage, the manuscripts may be rejected without peer review if the proposed article is considered as not being relevant to the journal objectives and policies, or it does not meet minimum publishing requirements.
This fast screening process means that authors obtain a quick decision in maximum 10 working days from sending, and do not need to wait for the review process.
The manuscripts passing this phase will enter in a double-blind review process. It will be sent to two independent and anonymous reviewers, chosen according to their expertise in the field of the paper. Efforts are made to select reviewers from other institutions than the author’s. Each reviewer will provide a report on the manuscript, based on the OJBE review form and will make recommendations to the editor regarding the acceptance or rejection of the paper. The reviewers’ reports (along with Editor’s own comments, if case) will be made available to the corresponding author.
The time period in which the manuscript stays under review is usually 1 month.
Based on the feedback from these reviewers and the Editors’ judgment, a decision is given on the manuscript, which could be:
- Accept without revision;
- Revise and resubmit – the author will be asked to make (major/minor) changes to the manuscript according to reviewers’ comments and suggestions and to resubmit the manuscript;
- Reject – the editor will explain the reasons behind this editorial decision to the author.
The decision (along with the reviewers’ comments and suggestions) will be communicated to the corresponding author, within 5 working days from the receipt of the last review form.
If the author resubmits the revised article, it enters into the second round of reviewing. A paper going through minor changes will be verified by the editorial team, while a paper with major changes will be sent back to reviewers. This process should not exceed 20 working days, depending on the availability of reviewers.
At the end of this round, the editors, based on reviewers’ responses, will take a decision which will be immediately communicated to the author.
The final decision is taken by the Editor, who reserves the right to ask certain corrections. Any changes affecting the substance of the text will be made only with the agreement of the author. The final version of the paper as it will appear in the volume is sent to the author for final approval along with copyright form.