ELP strives to reduce the timeframe of the selection of a reviewer and the initial screening of the submissions. In addition, the peer review procedure is described in details. Moreover, we encourage authors to follow the author’s guidelines and the ELP template. Proper submission would facilitate the entire process.
- All articles must be in English language.
- Recommended article length is 7-20 pages.
- Authors should submit their manuscripts and the completed submission form via e-mail to [email protected] and [email protected]
- The corresponding author would receive a confirmation for the submission within 12 hours.
ELP Peer Review Procedure
ELP is striving to decrease the time for the initial screening of the submitted papers and selection of a reviewer. Through the consistent support and feedback from the ELP reviewers, we have succeeded in including the following phases within a decent timeframe.
ELP Reviewers are instructed not to estimate the potential impact of a paper in a given field nor its novelty. These subjective judgments can delay the publication of a work, which later proves to be of major significance. At ELP, we believe that the publication readership is in the most suitable position to determine what is of interest to them.
ELP promotes a rigorous peer-review procedure on the basis of scientific validity and the technical quality of the paper. Every single paper submitted to the ELP undergoes a rigorous peer-review procedure by at least two ELP reviewers. However, the academic editor is allowed to ask for additional review reports from author-suggested reviewers but only as additional review reports.
ELP editorial board is mainly consisted of authors who have already published their papers in the journal.
Every member of the editorial board has his or her own profile, which includes their academic domain, academic affiliation, number of review reports conducted for ELP, and the month or year of joining the ELP editorial board. At ELP we maintain a list of active reviewers only, who are in regular communication with the editorial office. We would also like to thank our former members who have contributed significantly to the development of the journal.
1. After the submission, the corresponding author is asked to clarify that the paper has not been published elsewhere; and to contact the editorial office using his/her institutional email address; to confirm that he/she has thoroughly revised and agreed with the ELP publication policies. The corresponding author is also asked to respond to the conflict of interest statement, funding statement, data availability statement, and human/animal participation statement.
2. The manuscript is screened for basic technical requirements.
3. The corresponding author receives a confirmation E-mail, informing him/her whether or not the manuscript has been properly structured.
4. Even though the authors are responsible for potential plagiarized content, the editorial office reserves the right to scan the content of the paper for plagiarism.
5. The editorial office reserves the right to return to authors, without peer-review, improperly formatted manuscripts or non-authorized submissions.
6. The manuscript undergoes initial screening by the associate editor, including comments on its structure and the language aspect, and the managing editor identifies potential reviewers. If necessary, proofreading of the content may be requested from the author(s). The editorial office may offer to the authors its professional proofreading services. However, the author(s) is always informed that using these services is not obligatory. However, the author(s) have to provide a final version without grammar or punctuation errors.
7. ELP reviewers for the manuscript are assigned.
8. The identity of the reviewers is anonymous, except for those who are willing to disclose their identity under the “open review” process.
9. The editorial office decides whether review reports from additional experts are needed or the review reports are sufficient for a decision. Author-suggested reviewers are also acceptable. However, the members of the editorial office are instructed of being cautious when relying their decisions on these review reports.
10. All of the ELP reviewers are familiar with the ELP peer review policy. Their awareness of the necessity of a prompt response on whether or not they are able to conduct/manage a review in a given moment is noted in the invitation.
11. Every single paper submitted to the ELP undergoes a rigorous peer-review procedure by at least two ELP reviewers.
12. When a sufficient number of review reports are received, the managing editor and editor-in-chief make the final decision. The time of the peer-review completion depends on many circumstances. Even though we strive to provide peer review in a decent timeframe, the fast publication cannot be guaranteed.
There are several types of decision possible. They include:
– Accept the manuscript as submitted;
– Accept it with minor revision;
– Accept it with major revision; and
– Reject the manuscript because it does not meet the journal criteria.
After the peer review process, the decision is made in accordance with the recommendations in the review reports i.e., the final decision is made by the reviewers of the manuscript. In case of opposite recommendations from the reviewers, a new reviewer is assigned. However, the Editor in Chief oversees the peer review process of each manuscript.
ELP is a peer-reviewed journal and all the papers submitted undergo a single-blind peer-review process. The latter means that reviewers know the identity of the authors, but authors do not necessarily know the reviewer’s identity.
However, in order to enhance transparency of the peer review process, ELP starting from 2019, as a pioneer among other journals, has introduced an “open review procedure”.
The result of the “open review” initiative is to publicly announce the review report of the accepted paper, along with its full content. In this regard, author’s approval has a key role to play in the development of this process.
As of September 2019, review history is available for every published paper. It includes the contact information of the corresponding author, date of publication, the number of review reports received, and the names of the reviewers. The latter only if they decided to reveal their names.
Furthermore, we hereby encourage all reviewers to reveal their names on the ELP evaluation form and approve that their names can be made available on the ELP`s website.
Plagiarism is not acceptable in the ELP submissions and publications. After the submission, authors are requested to declare the originality of their work by properly citing, re-using, or copying previous publications. If plagiarism is detected during the peer review process, the manuscript would be rejected. If plagiarism is detected after publication, the publisher has the right to issue an erratum/corrigendum or retract of the paper. The editorial office makes use of plagiarism checker software (AntiPlagiarism.NET) to confirm the originality of submitted papers.
Conflict of Interest
When authors submit a manuscript to ELP they are responsible for disclosing all relationships and activities that might bias or be seen to bias their work. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include but are not limited to financial interests (such as membership, employment, consultancies, stocks/shares ownership, honoraria, grants or other funding, paid expert testimonies, and patent-licensing arrangements) and non-financial interests (such as personal or professional relationships, affiliations, personal beliefs). The authors, reviewers, and editors should follow the ICMJE standards.
We consider the language aspect of the papers of particular relevance. Therefore, a native language speaker assesses the language aspect of each paper. If decided proofreading is mandatory the editorial office may recommend its own proofreading services. However, authors are always informed that they are not obliged to use the suggested services but can choose other ones.
Permanency of Content
All articles published in ELP receive a DOI and are permanently published.
As of May 2018, ELP uses Portico as an archiving solution. Portico is among the largest community-supported digital archives in the world. Working with libraries and publishers, they preserve e-journals, e-books, and other electronic scholarly content to ensure researchers and students will have access to it in the future.
Moreover, along with the online content, every ELP edition appears in the print version. It also represents a preservation solution.
Article Processing Charges
ELP is a self-sustained journal. Up to date, the publisher did not receive any grant or funding for publication. The low-level amount of article processing charges, APC serves only for covering the publication costs.
Accepted papers are assessed an Article Processing Charge of 97 Euros (or USD equivalent). The Article Processing Charge supports operating costs, review management, website maintenance, archiving, and the printing of hard copies.
Electronic copies can be downloaded without charge. Printed copies are available at 20 Euros (26 USD) per copy.
The Article Processing Charge does not include professional editing or proofreading which is available at an additional cost. If necessary, proofreading of the content may be requested from the author(s). The editorial office may offer to the authors its professional proofreading services. However, the author(s) is always informed that using these services is not obligatory. However, the author(s) have to provide a final version without grammar or punctuation errors.
Use this link to pay article processing charges for papers accepted for publication.