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Role of the Discipline Editors

The role of the Discipline Editors will be to co-ordinate the review process for a particular article. They will identify at least two reviewers for the article (one of whom may be themself), distribute a copy of the article, the reviewer's response form and instructions to each reviewer. They need to advise both the Editor-in-Chief and Uniserve Science of receipt of submissions and progress of those submissions through the review process.

Once the reviews are completed, the Discipline Editor will collate the general comments onto a summary form and combine the suggested ammendments made to the electronic manuscript. The Disicipline Editor will then make a recommendation on the suitability of the article on the basis of these reviews and email the completed summary form and ammended script to the Editor-in-Chief.

Further details on the different elements of the procedure are available below

1. Comments

Overall comments will be entered on the summary form and forwarded to the Editor-in-Chief.

2. Recommendation

The recommendation from the Discipline Editor will be added to the comment sheet. The recommendation will be:

  • Accept the manuscript as it stands.
  • Accept with Minor Revisions: The paper is almost ready for publication, requiring only simple revisions that could be accomplished within one month.
  • Accept with Major Revisions: More extensive revisions are required (such as rethinking interpretations of the data, finding and incorporating missed references into the narrative, rethinking the structure and presentation of data tables, adding illustrations, etc.). This category of acceptance may require at least three months for revisions to be completed.
  • Reject but may resubmit: The topic and basic approach of the treatment or experiments are appropriate to CAL-laborate International, but some of the work needs to be redone, or additional material/observations/analysis need to be incorporated. Note that "Reject may resubmit" does NOT mean that the paper is unsuitable for CAL-laborate International, nor is it a negative response. It simply means that the requested revisions will probably require more than three months to complete. If you choose this option, emphasize in your comments that the author is, in fact, encouraged to resubmit the article.
  • Reject: The paper is unsuitable for CAL-laborate International (and resubmission is not encouraged). If you have ideas for a more appropriate journal, please feel free to mention them for the author's benefit.

3. Confidentiality

The refereeing process must be conducted with confidentiality. If during the review process, advice or an opinion is sought from a colleague, the author(s) should always remain anonymous and the discussions confidential.

4. Return of the reviews and recommendation.

The overall evaluation and recommendation will be returned to the Editor-in-Chief by the date requested. If it is not possible to make the deadline, the UniServe Science office should be contacted immediately.

A copy of most of reviews (with the exception of confidential comments to the Editor) will be returned to the author to provide guidance and support and the justification for the decision.


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