Review Process

As a Refereed Journal, the JSB places great emphasis on the quality of the articles it finally publishes in each issue. The submitted manuscripts are, therefore, first thoroughly read and checked by Managing Editor to determine whether these fall within the defined realm of JSB. If ok, then the articles are put through a full double-blind refereeing process in which these are sent to usually the two, in some cases three, experts for their Peer Review.

Guideline for Reviewers

The Reviewers are expected to recommend whether

  1. accept the manuscript with no revisions;
  2. accept subject to minor revisions – indicating areas for revisions;
  3. accept subject to major revisions – indicating areas of significant improvement; or
  4. reject – indicating reasons.

In all cases, the Reviewers usually furnish comment on such issues as command of literature, methodology and originality of work, materials, etc.

Reviewers’ comments are then returned, anonymized, to the author(s) who have then a choice as to whether they can rewrite and resubmit the manuscript within a time frame 4-6 weeks. If yes, after resubmission, the manuscript again goes to the same Reviewers for reassessment, and hopefully, in fulfillment, the revised manuscript secures recommendation for publication.

Final Publication

The Editor-in-Chief of JSB reserves the right to refuse any article, whether invited or otherwise, and to make suggestions and/or modifications before publication. The Managing Editor, on behalf of the publisher, shall furnish authors of accepted articles with proofs for the correction of printing errors. The proofs shall have to be returned within 14 calendar days of submittal. The Editors or publisher shall not be held responsible for errors which are the result of authors’ oversights.