The Editorial Board will make an initial evaluation of the manuscript. Manuscripts that are outside the aims and scope of the journal will be rejected at this stage. Those that fall within the scope of the journal are normally passed on to two experts for review. The authors will be informed of the result of the initial evaluation.
Book reviews are usually not subject to peer review. They are, however, reviewed by an in-house Editor, and the author may be asked to make changes if required. They are published only after having been approved by the Editor in Chief.
Selection of the referees
Referees are matched to the paper according to their expertise in the different branches of phonetics. Primary research articles are subject to external peer review. Occasionally, if the specificity of the topic of the article requires it, one (and only one) of the peer reviewers may be chosen among the members of the Scientific Committe or of the Editorial Board.
Referees are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is original, is methodologically sound, has results which are clearly presented and support the conclusions, and adequately references previous relevant work. Referees advise the Editor, who is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article.
Duration of the review process
The time required for the review process depends on the response of the referees. The typical time is approximately 4 to 8 weeks. Should the referees’ reports contradict one another, a further expert opinion may be sought.
The Editor’s decision will be sent to the author with recommendations made by the referees.
Manuscripts that are returned for revision may be resubmitted once appropriate changes are made. Resubmissions must include a response letter that explains how the reviewers’ comments have been addressed. Revised manuscripts will be returned to the initial referees for additional evaluation.The process will be repeated until reaching a final decision.
When a definitive opinion on a manuscript is reached, a final decision to accept or reject the manuscript will be sent to the author.