In order to ensure and increase the quality of contributions, submissions are subject to a peer-review process. The main steps of this process are set out below.
Contributions that do not correspond to the content of the journal or which obviously fail to meet its quality requirements will be rejected by the editors. If a contribution is deemed to be potentially suitable for publication, it will be forwarded anonymously to a specialist reviewer selected by the editors.
The purpose of the review process is to increase the quality of contributions through the provision of detailed feedback on possible areas of improvement (content, topicality, language, etc.) or on the minimisation of any weaknesses. It is based on a standardised review form, which serves as a grid for assessing various aspects of contributions (e.g. choice of topic, method, coherence and elaboration of arguments).
On the completion of the review process, the editors are responsible for making a final decision as to whether a particular contribution shall be published or not. In the case of a positive decision, the concerned author can either accept and incorporate the suggestions or – giving his or her reasons – refrain from doing so.