PEER REVIEW PROCESS


 

Policy for concurrent/multiple submissions


Manuscripts submitted to Landscape and Geodiversity should not be currently published or being considered for publication at another scientific journal or similar outlet. Likewise, does not accept multiple submissions of essentially the same work. That is, every submitted article should be substantially original in content, relative to other works currently published or under review at ., or elsewhere. Manuscripts that violate these requirements will be automatically rejected, and the author of the respective manuscript may be excluded from future submissions to Landscape and Geodiversity. Moreover, a manuscript may be rejected at any time, upon discovery that it does not comply with the policy stipulated herein, even if the author had previously been notified of the manuscript s acceptance.

REVIEW PROCESS


Blind review


All manuscripts received by Landscape and Geodiversity undergo the following review process. Upon receipt, each manuscript is a signed a content editor who is responsible with its evaluation. The evaluation proceeds with the following major steps:

The content editor examines the manuscript and decides whether to proceed with a blind peer review. The manuscript may be rejected without a peer review if the content editor establishes that it does not conform to the basic requirements of Landscape and Geodiversity's editorial policy, including authenticity, originality, formatting, submission guidelines, etc. Likewise, a content editor may reject the manuscript if he/she believes that the content of the manuscript is not appropriate for the topics and interests of Landscape and Geodiversity, or if it is established that the manuscript clearly lacks in scientific quality to the extent that the probability of it being accepted through the blind peer review would be too low to justify the waiting time for the author.

If the manuscript is rejected at the initial review, the content editor notifies the author of this decision. Otherwise, the content editor forwards the manuscript (with the authors name removed) to two peer reviews for evaluation and notifies the author that the manuscript has been accepted for a blind peer review.

Each peer reviewer evaluates the manuscript and submits to the content editor a referee report along with one of the following recommendations:

  • publishable without revisions
  • conditionally publishable with minor revisions
  • potentially publishable with major revisions (revise and resubmit)
  • not publishable

The content editor weighs the recommendations of the two peer reviewers and takes a decision on whether to accept the manuscript for publication as-is, reject the manuscript without further review, or proceed with soliciting the revisions recommended by the referees. The content editor communicates the decision along with the referee reports (with the reviewers name removed), and if applicable conditions for revisions, to the author.

If it is decided that the manuscript requires revision, the author makes such revisions in accordance with the conditions/recommendations of the content editor and referees, and upon completion, resubmits the manuscript directly the content editor. Upon receipt of the revised manuscript, the content editor may decide to approve it for publication automatically or resubmit it the peer reviewers for reevaluation. In addition to the two original peer reviewers, the content editor may also solicit the opinion of an additional (third) reviewer.

Once the manuscript is deemed publishable in its current form, the author is notified of the decision and is provided with a copy of the manuscript in its final publishable form, for approval. Aside from the final approval, the author is required to transfer the copyright to the manuscript to Landscape and Geodiversity, before the manuscript can be published.

Authenticity and Academic Ethics Policy


Landscape and Geodiversity adheres in the strictest sense to the ethical guidelines established by the Committee on publication Ethics and only publishes original, authentic work. By submitting a manuscript to Landscape and Geodiversity, the author warrants that the enclosed text is authentic and does not infringe on any existing copyrights. Moreover, it is the authors responsibility to that ensure that the manuscript contains no instances of plagiarism or self-plagiarism, properly cites all verbatim quotations taken from or paraphrases of other works, and that permission has been duly obtained for the re-use of any parts or elements of other works where permission is either implicitly or explicitly required by the copyright holder.

The editors of Landscape and Geodiversity may undertake certain measures, including but not limited to the use of Blackboard software, in order to verify the authenticity of the received manuscript. However, the responsibility of ensuring the originality of the work and conforming to all existing national and international copyright laws lies entirely with the author. As such, the author will indemnify the publisher against any and all third party claims arising from the breach of the aforementioned copyright infringement warranty.

All manuscripts found to not be in compliance with the authenticity guidelines set forth herein will be subject to automatic rejection and a permanent exclusion of the manuscripts author from future submissions to Landscape and Geodiversity, either as sole author or co-author.

Any claim of plagiarism that is received regarding an already published article will be duly investigated to the full extent. If it is found that a published article indeed fails to meet the authenticity guidelines of Landscape and Geodiversity, the publication of such an article will be retracted, wherever possible, and the author of the article will be excluded from future submissions to Landscape and Geodiversity, either as sole author or co-author. Further, in such cases, the publisher of Landscape and Geodiversity may proceed with (civil or penal) legal action against the author, depending on the circumstances and severity of the infringement.

Disclaimers


The author is solely responsible for the content of the published manuscript. The views expressed in this publication are those of the author and are not the views of the publisher of Landscape and Geodiversity.

 
 

 

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