The Editor-in-Chief checks each submission for compliance with the journal's profile and technical accuracy. Manuscripts that do not fit the journal's ethics policy or do not meet the journal's standards will be rejected before peer review. Manuscripts that are not adequately prepared will be returned to the authors for revision and resubmission. After the initial assessment, the submission may be handled by the Editor-in-Chief or one of the members of the Editorial Board. Following these steps, the Editor-in-Chief or an assigned editor will determine whether the paper fits the journal's scope and is scientifically sound. The Editor-in-Chief always approves rejections at this stage.
All submitted articles are subject to the double-blind peer review. In the case of regular submissions, the Editor-in-Chief or an assigned editor will invite experts in the field, which may include the Editorial Board members. For the substantive evaluation of each submission, at least two independent reviewers are assigned. Peer review comments are confidential and will only be disclosed with the express agreement of the reviewer. Potential reviewers suggested by the authors may also be considered. The written review contains a clear referee's evaluation of the contributions and quality of the submitted manuscript.
Editorial Decisions and Revisions
Following the peer review, the Editor-in-Chief will communicate one of the four potential decisions to the authors:
- Accept. The paper can send to copyediting and production without further changes.
- Minor revision. Only small revisions are required, including text editing or some minor mistakes.
- Major revision. The article needs to be substantially revised. The acceptance of the manuscript would depend on the revisions. Most often, only two rounds of major revisions are allowed. Authors will be asked to resubmit the revised paper within a suitable time frame. Depending on the editor's decision, the revised version will be evaluated by the editor or returned to the reviewer for further comments.
- Reject. The article makes no significant original contribution or has serious errors and flaws.
The final decision on whether the manuscript is rejected, revised, or accepted is made by Editor-in-Chief. The author is informed about each decision (rejection, minor revision, major revision, or acceptance) on an ongoing basis via e-mail.
Copyediting, Production, and Publication
The accepted papers will undergo copyediting, final corrections, pagination, and publication on the MR website.