This is to inform you that from 01 September 2022 we use APA 7th for citations and References style. Meanwhile, the Conclusion part has been removed from the manuscript structure.
Papers submitted to SRLS are reviewed by at least two experts in a double-blind review system. Reviewers are asked to evaluate the quality of the manuscript and to provide a recommendation to the external editor on whether a manuscript can be accepted, requires revisions, or should be rejected.
Peer review process
Authors are obliged to participate in the peer-review process and cooperate fully by responding promptly to editors’ requests for raw data, clarifications, and proof of ethics approval, patient consent, and copyright permissions. In the case of a first decision of "Minor or Major revisions", authors should respond to the reviewers’ comments systematically, point by point, and in a timely manner, revising and re-submitting their manuscript to the journal by the deadline given. If authors don’t respond in due time to the journal notifications or don’t explain their delay in sending the manuscript revised version, SRLS will remove the submitted paper and no more papers will be accepted from the corresponding author in the future.
We ask invited reviewers to:
- accept or decline any invitations quickly, based on the manuscript title and abstract;
- suggest alternative reviewers if an invitation must be declined;
- request an extension in case more time is required to compose a report;
As part of the assessment, reviewers will be asked:
- to score the originality, significance, quality of the presentation, scientific soundness, interest to the readers, overall merit and English level of the manuscript;
- to look at the reference list of the manuscript and check if there are inappropriate self-citations;
- to provide an overall recommendation for the publication of the manuscript;
- to provide a detailed, constructive review report.
Potential Conflicts of Interests
We ask reviewers to inform the journal editor if they hold a conflict of interests that may prejudice the review report, either in a positive or negative way. The editorial office will check as far as possible before invitation, however we appreciate the cooperation of reviewers in this matter. Reviewers who are invited to assess a manuscript they previously reviewed for another journal should not consider this as a conflict of interest in itself. In this case, reviewers should feel free to let us know if the manuscript has been improved or not compared to the previous version.
Confidentiality and Anonymity
Reviewers should keep the content of the manuscript, including the abstract, confidential. Reviewers must inform the Editorial Office if they would like a colleague to complete the review on their behalf. Note that, as the reviewer, you will have access to other reviewers' reports via the online submission system after you have submitted your report.
Timely Review Reports
SRLS aims to provide an efficient and high quality publishing service to authors and to the scientific community. We ask reviewers to assist by providing review reports in a timely manner. Please contact the editorial office if you require an extension to the review deadline.
Peer-Review and Editorial Procedure
All manuscripts sent for publication in our journals are strictly and thoroughly peer-reviewed by experts. The Managing Editor of the SRLS will perform an initial check of the manuscript’s suitability upon receipt. After this step, one of the editorial board members whose field of study is more closer to the submitted paper will be assigned as the paper's editor. The selected editor will be asked to assign the paper to different external reviewers. He/she can stop the review process as soon as receiving at least two reviewer comments on the paper. The editor will decide on the paper based on the reviewer’s comments. The editor will send his/her decision (Decline submission, Acceptance with minor change, Acceptance with major changes) to the editor-in-chief. The editor-in-chief then will contact the corresponding author for further steps.
The Editorial Office will then organize the peer-review process performed by independent experts and collect at least two review reports per manuscript. We ask our authors for adequate revisions (with a second round of peer-review if necessary) before a final decision is made. The final decision is made by the academic editor (usually the Editor-in-Chief/Editorial Board Member of a journal or the Guest Editor of a Special Issue). Accepted articles are copy-edited and English-edited.
If reviewers become aware of such scientific misconduct or fraud, plagiarism or any other unethical behavior related to the manuscript, they should raise these concerns with the editor immediately.