Peer Review Process

LiC follows the general Open Access publishing process described in the diagram drawn by the Open Public Project.

The General Editor monitors the whole process, ran by LiC Administrator. The Commissioning Editors will take responsibility for the reviewing process as executive leads of the different sections of the journal. The general procedure is the following:

  • The Commissioning Editors will carry out an in-house quality control check to ensure adherence to ethical and LiC requirements: (i) ethics, (ii) financial disclosures, (iii) data deposition, (iv) conflicts of interest.
  • Once each manuscript has passed the quality control (Commissioning Editors), it will be also assigned to a member of the Editorial Board. Both will take responsibility for the submission, but the Commissioning Editor will be responsible for conducting the peer-review process and for facilitating the decision to accept, invite revision of, or reject the article.
  • Each manuscript will be assigned to two independent reviewers. If they disagree, the manuscript can be sent to a third reviewer.
  • Once the peer-review process has been completed, both the Commissioning Editor and the General Editor will endorse the meta-review, with the result of: (i) acceptance; (ii) acceptance with minor revisions, (iii) acceptance with major revisions, (iv) resubmission, (v) rejection.
  • The Editors will take responsibility for accepted papers.
  • The authors take responsibility as well, because (as shown on the OJS publishing diagram) they  review the copyedits and proofread galleys.

The General Editor will oversee the peer review process for the journal, including the evaluation of submissions, the selection of reviewers, and the assessment of their comments