THE REVIEW PROCESS (FOR ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN THE REVIEW PROCESS)
The review process needs to be standardized in order to obtain comparable results.
The review research is structured in two steps:
1. The formal review – this step is focused on the article’s form. The formal review is conducted by the editorial secretary that checks for:
respecting the registration terms;
respecting the limit of length of article;
respecting the design and formal guidelines of REBS.
The editorial team evaluates the current form of an article and makes suggestions concerning potential modifications:
articles will not be rejected upon formal deficiencies. The article can be rejected only if it doesn’t respect de registration terms;
annotations are understood to aid in making submitted and accepted articles consistent with the design and formal guidelines of REBS.
2. The scientific review – this step is focused on the article’s content. The scientific review is realized by the reviewers committee, formed by specialists in the area of research where the article fits.
All reviewers must base their judgement on the same interpretation of the review criteria. This is the reason for which we define and explain the review criteria: Originality, Significance, Relevance, Presentation, Content, and Plagiarism. In order to evaluate each criteria, reviewers must respond to several questions.
For each criteria, reviewers use a unified rating scale divided into five units. The units are expressed by adjective like "poor", "average" or "excellent". The first unit represents the lowest, the last unit the highest, and the middle unit an average rating.
For each article, reviewers must complete a review form with the evaluation for the criteria indicated above. In the end of the review form, the reviewer can make comments. These comments have to be constructive and friendly. The comments can not include any personal remarks to the author.
After completing the review form, the reviewer has to send it to the editorial secretary. They are responsible to inform the author about the final decision and to send him the complete review form.