Peer Review Process
SPATIAL applies a blind peer review process. Any manuscript submission will be reviewed by at least two independent reviewers, follow by editorial comments. Editor-in-Chief or editor in accordance with the field of research (the list is on the Editorial Board page) provides acceptance/rejection decisions. A summary of the editorial process given in the flowchart below.
A. Manuscript Pre-check
After submission, this check is initially to assess: Suitability of the manuscript to the journal scope and templates; Qualification and background of authors; and Reject obviously poor manuscripts.
B. Blind peer-review
The process is single-blind peer review, meaning that the author does not know the identity of the reviewer, but the reviewer knows the identity of the author. To assist academic editors, SPATIAL staff handle all communication with authors, reviewers, and the external editor. Editor will check the status of manuscripts and the identity of reviewers at any time. Reviewers are given two weeks to write their review. For the review of a revised manuscript, reviewers are asked to provide their report within one week. In both cases, extensions can be granted on request.
C. Editor Decision
Acceptance decisions on manuscripts, after peer review, are made by an editor (the list is on the Editorial Board page). The editor can select from: accept, reject, ask author for revision, ask for an additional reviewer. If there is any suspicion that a paper may contain plagiarism, the editorial office will check using the Turnitin software.