Peer Review Guide

1. First submission and review period

Just after a manuscript is submitted to JKAS, the corresponding author will receive an acknowledgement of receipt from the JKAS Office by e-mail. A scientific editor will be assigned by the Editor-in-Chief for the supervision of the review process. The scientific editor is responsible for the appointment of two or more referees and obtaining review reports from them within three weeks. Each referee should have in-depth knowledge of the topic addressed in the manuscript. The first round of the review process normally takes about four weeks, during which the corresponding author will be notified about the status of the manuscript by the scientific editor.

2. Revised submissions

The authors should respond to the referee reports within six months. The authors have to submit a revised manuscript together with a detailed response to the referees' comments. No response within 6 months will be regarded as withdrawal of the manuscript. Referees remain anonymous. The correspondence between the corresponding author and the referees should occur through the scientific editor only, via referee reports, updated manuscripts, and cover letters. If necessary, the scientific editor will send the revised manuscript to the referees for a further review. The review report of the revised manuscript is recommended to be submitted within two weeks after the receipt of the manuscript. The whole review process for the revised manuscript usually takes about three weeks.

3. Complaint and request of a second review

Complaints about a referee should be confidentially delivered to the scientific editor only, and should not be expressed in the reply letter to the referee. The authors may request a change of referees to the scientific editor with valid and detailed scientific explanations. An preliminary decision is made by the scientific editor based on the referees' reports, and reported to the Editor-in-Chief, who makes the final decision.

4. Acceptance for publication

Each referee should choose one of the following recommendations: (1) Accept without (or optional) revision, (2) Accept after minor revision which can be checked by the editorial board, (3) Request for Major Revision, and (4) Reject. The editorial board can accept the manuscript usually only after recommendation (1) or (2). If the recommendation was (3), the revised version will be sent to the referees again by the scientific editor. If the recommendation was (4), the authors are asked to choose either to withdraw the paper or to request another review. The scientific editor will select other reviewers and send them the request for additional reviews together with the previous referees' reports. If the secondary reviewers also recommend a rejection of the paper, the scientific editor reports a rejection of the paper to the Editor-in-Chief.

5. Anonymity of the referees

Referees remain anonymous unless they explicitly agree to disclose their names. Likewise, the content of the referee reports will be shared only with the corresponding author. The editorial board and the referees keep the content of the manuscript confidential until publication.

6. Details not specified in this guide

The Editor-in-Chief has the right to make decisions on matters not specified in this guide.