It is a detailed thorough review, to evaluate a manuscript opine on its value for acceptance, revision (minor/ moderate/ major) or rejection; on valid grounds with written comments. This detailed screening may require seeking of opinion/ assigning of manuscripts to the referees (peers) also. It is the NanoTrends’ editor’s prerogative to assign a manuscript for further review or refereeing to any member of the Referees panel.
i) Selection of manuscripts for review by Editors/ Reviewers
The manuscripts that withstand the pre-screening test are forwarded in to this step.
The module shows all manuscripts on the selection page (s). It adds a new manuscript soon after it is cleared positively in pre-screening.
A manuscript may be selected by maximum three editors/ reviewers for its detailed thorough review.
On selection of manuscripts, the system serves on first selected (marked) first served (allotted/ assigned) basis.
It defines an upper limit of, five manuscripts (maximum), that an editor/ reviewer may have at any time.
It displays the status of allotment (selection) of manuscripts, by indicating which manuscripts, selected by whom and at what date.
ii) Review of manuscripts & peer review process
The editors/ reviewer can offer their comments online on acceptance, revision (minor/ moderate/ major), and rejection.
The module enables the editors/ reviewers to review the comments of other fellow editors/ reviewers.
NanoTrends provides an automated refereeing system. editors/ reviewers are supported by a peer review process.
They may assign the manuscripts after selection to their peers (NanoTrends enlisted referees).
It enables an editor/ reviewer to choose a subject expert (referee) from a maintained list of referees, and get the refereeing job done.
The module facilitates communication between the editors/ reviewers and referees.
It will be a dynamic list.
iii) Time lines
The suggested timelines for review of a manuscript after selection in the process of detailed screening is 6 weeks (45 days) period.
Time- lines in some cases may have to be extended/ revised.
iv) Acceptance/ revision/ rejection of manuscripts
The module allows selection of a particular manuscript by maximum two editors/ reviewers for review (including the one who performed the pre-screening).
A manuscript may be accepted/ rejected on the basis of just one positive / negative opinion.
The opinion (positive or negative) in normal cases may be conclusive and clear in deciding the fate of a manuscript. In cases of suggestions for revisions the editor or reviewer is the competent person to finally validate the revision and accept/ reject the manuscript for publication.
However, in cases where the Publication Management Team grades an opinion as non-conclusive, it may seek a second/ final opinion from another editor/ reviewer/ referee.
A manuscript remains open for further review, if an editor/ reviewer opines so.
In exceptional cases where it is difficult to arrive at a consensus, NanoTrends Publication Management Teams decision is taken as final.