Editorial Review Process
EDITORIAL REVIEW PROCESS
Unlike most journals, where the reviewers' opinion almost absolutely determines the publication of an article, in Journal of Global Trade, Ethics and Law the decision rests with the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) after hearing from at least one Board Member and two Reviewers. In this way, the process does not concentrate the evaluation of the article in the hands of the external Reviewers, but fragments the evaluation among several individuals by dividing the weight according to professionalism and keeping most of the evaluation internally by the expert members of the Editorial Team. In this respect, the review follows four stages: From the receipt of the article, the EIC, with the possible support of a Deputy Editor, will have five days to assess whether the article is in line with the journal's objectives and whether it needs a more thorough review process. If this is not the case, the EIC will return the proposal to the author(s) giving reasons for the rejection. If the EIC decides that the article merits a full revision, the EIC will assign the article to a Council Member and two External Reviewers, according to their area(s) of expertise, within two working days, informing a Deputy Editor who will be assigned the task of monitoring the revision stages of the article. Upon receipt of the article, the Board Member and the External Reviewers have fourteen working days to evaluate the paper and recommend a course of action, i.e. to determine whether the article has the right academic and methodological qualities for consideration by the journal. Generally, the recommended course of action is expressed as: (i) accepting the manuscript, (ii) accepting it subject to some minor revisions, or (iii) rejecting it.
The Reviewers' and Board Member's evaluations must be collected by the Deputy Editor for review. Within seven days the EV may request a discussion with the BM who conducted the evaluation in order to get a clearer picture of the Article. Within always the seven working days of this phase, the VE has the duty to present the recommendations of the Reviewers and the BM to the EIC, followed by his own opinion based on the recommendations offered.Based on the recommendations, the EIC then has three days to inform the author(s) of the decision made.