The practice of peer review is to ensure that good science is published. It is an objective process at the heart of good scholarly publishing and is carried out on all reputable scientific journals. Our referees therefore play a vital role in maintaining the high standards of Proceedings and all manuscripts are peer reviewed following the procedure outlined below.
The editor first evaluates all manuscripts. It is rare, but it is entirely feasible for an exceptional manuscript to be accepted at this stage. Those rejected at this stage are insufficiently original, have serious scientific flaws, have poor grammar or English language, or are outside the aims and scope of the journal.
This journal employs single blind review, where the referee remains anonymous throughout the process.
Referees are matched to the paper according to their expertise. Our database is constantly being updated. We welcome suggestions for referees from the author though these recommendations may or may not be used.
Referees are asked to evaluate a paper according to Instruction for referees.
Referees are not expected to correct or copyedit manuscripts. Language correction is not part of the peer review process.
Typically the manuscript will be reviewed within one month. Should the referees' reports contradict one another or a report is unnecessarily delayed, a further expert opinion will be sought. Revised manuscripts may be returned to the initial referees. Referees may request more than one revision of a manuscript.
A final decision to accept or reject the manuscript will be sent to the author along with any recommendations made by the referees, and may include verbatim comments by the referees.
Referees advise the editor, who is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article.
If you are not currently a referee for Proceedings but would like to be added to the list of referees for this title, please contact the executive editor. The benefits of refereeing for Proceedings include the opportunity to see and evaluate the latest work in your research area at an early stage.