Evaluation Criteria

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Editorial Board Responsibilities

All submissions undergo preliminary formal and substantive evaluation by the Editorial Board. If an article is in line with the profile of the journal and fulfils the requirements listed in the “Guidelines for Manuscripts Submission”, it passes to the next stage of the procedure.

An acknowledgement of the submission will be sent to the author from the Editorial Board (acknowledgement does not imply acceptance).

The Editorial Board sends the submissions to two reviewers for a confidential and anonymous peer review (double blind). The reviewers are chosen by the Editorial Board (or together with the volume editor) according to theirs merit, experience and academic field. The reviewers can be external or from the Advisory Board.

One of the reviewers is, if possible, affiliated to a different institution from the author's affiliation.

The submission will be accepted if both reviews are positive. If the reviews diverge, Editorial Board decides whether the paper should be accepted for publication taking into consideration, if necessary, a third review. The final decision on the publication is taken by the Editorial Board (when appropriate, together with the volume editor).

Once the evaluation has been completed, the author will be informed of the status of the manuscript, which could be either accepted, in need of revision, or rejected.

Reviewers Responsibilities

The reviewers must take into account the general value of the paper, in particular its originality and academic value. The linguistic and formal aspects are also evaluated.

Reviews are made in written form, following, as much as possible, the evaluation form and must contain a reasoned and unequivocal conclusion about paper’s acceptance, acceptance with modifications, or rejection.

Authors Responsibilities

If the paper is accepted with modifications (minor amendments or a larger revision) the author receives anonymously the reviewers’ comments in order to add the necessary corrections. The Editorial Board reserves the right to propose, according to its own opinions or those of the reviewers, the corrections presented to the author. If necessary, the paper can undergo a further review.

Information for reviewers

The reviewers must ensure independence and impartiality. If the reviewer could not guarantee an independent assessment, he/she is obliged to disclose it to the Editorial Board. The Editorial Board ensure both author's and reviewers' confidentiality. The written assessment should follow, as far as possible, the journal review form (link), adding, if necessary, comments addressed to the author or exclusively to the Editorial Board, which reserves the right to pass on reviewers' comments to the author. The task of the reviewer is to provide a constructive, critical analysis of the manuscript. The review must have an explicit statement declaring that the manuscript has been accepted, accepted with modifications or rejected. The reviewers will take into consideration the general value of the article, in particular its originality, structure, scientific rigor. Linguistic and formal aspects should be also taken into account. Before the submission to the reviewers the manuscripts do not undergo typesetting and proofreading.

Acceptance and Rejection Rates


Manuscript Acceptance Rates

Manuscript Rejection Rates

26 (2018)



25 (2017)



24 (2016)



23 (2015)




Ethics Statement

Editorial Board
The Editorial Board requires that the authors reveal the contributions of the various authors to their article (giving their affiliation and degree of contribution, i.e. information about the author of the concept, assumptions, methods, protocol etc. used when writing the article), with the main responsibility lying with the author submitting the manuscript.
The Editorial Board documents all manifestations of scholarly dishonesty, especially violations of scholarly ethics.
Ghostwriting (when someone has made a significant contribution to an article without revealing his or her role as one of the authors or without being mentioned in the acknowledgements) and guest authorship (when an individual’s contribution is very limited or non-existent and yet he or she is listed as the author/co-author of the article) are manifestations of scholarly dishonesty. All such cases will be revealed and the relevant entities (institutions employing the authors, scholarly societies, associations of academic editors) will be informed.


The selected reviewers must guarantee independence and impartiality.


Articles submitted for publication should conform to the thematic profile of the journal, be reliable, original and objective. The Editorial Board does not accept articles published in their entirety or in part in other journals.


All forms of plagiarism are unacceptable. Such submissions will not be accepted.






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