Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

GeoReview is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal that encompasses the full spectrum of physical and natural sciences (earth and life sciences) integral to the Carpathian-Balkan region (Geography, Geology, Quaternary Science, Environmental Science etc.), as well as human-environment interactions and human geography.

 

Section Policies

Papers

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Peer Review Process

Initial manuscript evaluation
The Editor first evaluates all manuscripts. It is rare, but it is entirely feasible for an exceptional manuscript to be accepted at this stage. Those rejected at this stage are insufficiently original, have serious scientific flaws, have poor grammar or English language, or are outside the aims and scope of the journal. Those that meet the minimum criteria are passed on to 2 experts for review.
Type of Peer Review 
This journal employs single-blind reviewing, where the referees remain anonymous throughout the process.
How the referee is selected
Referees are matched to the paper according to their expertise. We welcome suggestions for referees from the author though these recommendations may or may not be used.
Referee reports
Referees are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript:

  1. - Is original
  2. - Is methodologically sound and whether it has a theoretically footing
  3. - Follows appropriate ethical guidelines
  4. - Has results which are clearly presented and support the conclusions
  5. - Contributes to the literature in Geography and related disciplines
  6. - Correctly references previous relevant work

Referees are not expected to correct or copyedit manuscripts. Language correction is not part of the peer review process.
How long does the review process take?
Typically the manuscript will be reviewed within 2-3 months. Should the referees' reports contradict one another or a report is unnecessarily delayed a further expert opinion will be sought. All our referees sign a conflict of interest statement. Revised manuscripts are usually returned to the initial referees within 2 weeks. Referees and editors may request more than one revision of a manuscript.
Final report
A final decision to accept or reject the manuscript will be sent to the author along with any recommendations made by the referees, and will include verbatim comments by the referees.
Editor's Decision is final
Referees advise the editor, who is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content, in order to facilitate a greater exchange of knowledge among earth scientists and public dissemination of the ideas. Accordingly, users (readers, libraries, institutions, organizations) are not charged for accessing the published works.

Any usage rights are regulated through the Creative Commons License (CC BY 3.0). Users are free to read, copy, distribute, share and adapt the work as long as the original author is given credit, without asking prior permission. Therefore, specific usage rights cannot be reserved by the authors.

 

Publication ethics and malpractice statement

1.  Publication and authorship:

Originality and plagiarism

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and, if a lengthy text from another source it is used, it should be appropriately cited or quoted. All data in the article must be real and authentic. Works based on fraudulent data is unacceptable and will not be published. Authors should ensure the correctness and authenticity of the data. Data, text, figures or ideas originated by other researchers should be properly acknowledged. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Concurrent publication

The authors must guarantee: (1) that the article has not been published elsewhere; (2) it is not being considered for publication elsewhere; and (3) that it has been submitted with the full knowledge and approval of the institution or organization given as the affiliation of the authors. Submission of multi-authored manuscripts implies the consent of each of the authors.

2.  Author’s responsibilities:

Participation in peer review process

All authors should agree to participate in peer review process of an article and make plausible revisions as recommended by reviewers and the editorial members of GEOREVIEW. Refusal to do the revision without reasonable causes may result in rejection of the submitted article. All authors are needed to correct any mistakes and retraction of incorrect information will be required.

Authorship with multiple authors

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the reported study. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication. All co-authors should sign a copyright transfer form before the final publication can take place. 

Reference list

All articles submitted should have a relevant reference list of articles.  Authors should acknowledge the works that influenced their studies. If the author is using information gathered privately, such information should be used only after proper permission from the source is obtained.

Financial Support

The author should mention clearly the financial support obtained in doing the work.

3.  Reviewer’s responsibility:

All the submitted articles will be single-blind peer-reviewed and confidentiality of the reviewers will be respected. All reviewers should be academically qualified to review an article, should use an adequate language and deliver their review in a timely manner. The reviewer should try to be fair and impartial in reviewing a submission.  Any selected expert who have any conflict of interest with the research author, who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and recuse himself from the review process. In any case the reviewer should refrain from using disclosure of any information relevant to the work to other parties.

4.  Editorial responsibilities:

The editor-in-chief or associate editors of GEOREVIEW have the authority to make final decision in the acceptance and rejection of a submitted article after the reviewing process. The editor-in-chief or any member of the editorial board should not have any conflict of interest with respect to the article under consideration. Anonymity of reviewers should be maintained during the review process.

5.  Publishing ethics issues:

Monitoring of the publishing ethics will be maintained by the editor-in-chief and the editorial board. Guidelines for retraction of an article as discussed above should be followed. The editor-in-chief with the editorial board should maintain high levels of intellectual and ethical standards. The editor-in-chief should be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies as appropriate and ensure that plagiarism and fraudulent data are not tolerated.