Peer review is the critical assessment of a manuscript by experts who are usually not part of the editorial team. It is intended to improve the presentation clarity and scientific integrity of the record under review and to help editors decide as to which manuscripts are preferable to be accepted for publication. Even though peer review is seemingly expected to reduce scientific misconduct and to filter low quality papers, there is no guarantee that this will always be the case. The reviewers are asked to evaluate the manuscript under review based on certain factors (as explained in the Reviewers section) that have been designed to make the peer review process as rigorous as possible. Editors will then decide whether a manuscript is accepted or not by considering the reviewers’ advice.
Submission of new manuscripts to Studies of Architecture, Urbanism and Environmental Sciences Journal must be done only electronically after registration on our website. The corresponding author then can track the latest status of their manuscript and upload or resend the requested documents. The entire review process and the communications between the journal, the reviewers and the corresponding author are done through the journal management system and they will be archived for future reference when necessary.
Upon receiving a new submission, the editor-in-chief will be notified by the journal management system. He will briefly review the manuscript to verify its accordance with the journal’s policies such as our scope and style guidelines or he may assign editors to handle the new submission. Sometimes, a new manuscript is rejected without being referred to the reviewers for peer review due to reasons such as redundancy with recently published material in the journal or insufficient overall quality for further attention. After the manuscript has passed the initial screening, the manuscript will be striped of any identifying information and it will be sent to a number of available reviewers with the closest expertise. The manuscript will be put on hold until at least three reviewers, one of whom is usually a member of the editorial board, have finished refereeing the manuscript and have sent their comments via the journal management system. Reviewers can leave comments for the authors, suggesting them or asking them to clarify ambiguous phrases, restructure the presentation of the material or add extra research evidence and facts in support of the conclusions or to strengthen the arguments.
The authors may be asked to revise their manuscript to address the issues and concerns raised by the editors and the reviewers and to resubmit their manuscript. The revised manuscript will then go through a new round of peer-review, if necessary. This cycle continues until a final decision as to whether accept or reject the manuscript is made.
The final decision is made on the basis that there is no strong disagreement between the evaluations of the reviewers or among the editors. If a manuscript is accepted, the corresponding author will be asked to fill and sign the copyright transfer agreement. Accepted manuscripts will not be published unless all necessary documents have been submitted. Rejected manuscripts will not be considered any further.