As soon as the paper is submitted, it undergoes a preliminary review by editors. Each editor decides among three options for routing the paper:
• Send out for review
• Return without review (outside of scope)
• Return without review (grammar/syntax)
Having passed the preliminary review, when the paper is reviewed, the reviewers decide among three options:
• Accept in present form
• Revision required
• Declined final
Preliminary Decisions by Editors
1. Send out for review
If the paper meets the basic requirements of JCEPM’s submission guidelines, it will be sent to the chief and associate editors for distribution. Associate editors will locate at least two reviewers. Reviewers will make a decision by selecting one of the recommendation options and will comment on given papers. The associate editors will gather all of the results from the reviewers and forward them to the chief editors. The chief editors will announce the final decision from the review process to the author.
2. Return without review (outside of scope)
If the paper is not suitable for the journal, it will be sent to the chief editors for a brief review, and they will contact the author.
3. Return without review (grammar/syntax)
If the paper has sufficient problems with English grammar and syntax, making it unsuitable for review, it will be sent to the chief editors for a brief review, and they will contact the author.
Review Decisions by Reviewers and Editors
1. Accept in present form
The reviewer will decide that the manuscript is ready for publication in its present form when at least two reviewers are in agreement. The associate editor will sum up the results of the review and report them to the chief editors. The secretary will then send an acceptance letter to the author on behalf of the chief editors. The paper will be moved to final editing for online publication.
2. Revision Required
The reviewer will decide that the paper is not ready for publication and needs revision when at least two reviewers are in agreement. The associate editor will send the decision to the chief editors, and will request that the author consider revision.
If the author agrees to revision, a letter with reviewers’ comments will be sent to him/her, and the revised paper will be re-reviewed upon resubmission of the paper.
3. Declined final
The reviewers will decide that the paper is inappropriate for publication when at least two reviewers are in agreement. No revisions will be requested for further consideration. The paper may not be resubmitted without substantial revision.