Over the years, the European Scientific Journal (ESJ) has risen into a mega journal, especially in the publishing of scientifically sound content. A core element of distinction in ESJ is how it strives to reduce the timeframe of the selection of a reviewer and first decision through a highly structured editorial board. Also, the peer review procedure is described in detail. We encourage authors to follow the author’s guidelines ( French language guidelines) ( Spanish language guidelines) and the ESJ template as proper submission would facilitate the entire process.
- ESJ accepts research articles and literature reviews in the area of social sciences, humanities, natural and medical sciences.
- All articles must be in English, French, or Spanish and must have a title, abstract, and keywords in English.
- Recommended article length is 7-20 pages.
- Authors should submit their manuscripts via e-mail at email@example.com or using our OJS submission system.
- The corresponding author receives a confirmation for the submission within 12 hours.
ESJ Peer Review Procedure
ESJ’s editorial board mainly consists of academicians affiliated to the European Scientific Institute, ESI’s academic network, members of its partner Universities, conference participants organized or supported by the ESI/ESJ, authors who already published their papers in one of the journals, or researchers recommended by the current members.
Every member of the editorial board has his or her own profile, which includes the academic domain, academic affiliation, number of review reports conducted for ESJ, and the month/year of joining the ESJ’s editorial board. At ESJ, we maintain a list of active reviewers only, who are in regular communication with the editorial office. However, we would like to thank the wide list of past members who have contributed to the development of the journal.
With the permanent support of our members of the editorial office, senior editors, and ESJ reviewers, we work on including the peer-review procedure in a decent timeframe.
ESJ Reviewers are instructed to not estimate the potential impact of a paper in a given field nor its novelty. These subjective judgments could delay the publication of a work, which may later prove to be significant. At ESJ, we believe that the publication’s readership is in the most suitable position to determine what is of interest to them.
- After the submission, the corresponding author is asked to clarify that the paper has not been published elsewhere; to contact the editorial office using his/her institutional email address, and confirm that he/she had thoroughly revised and agreed with the ESJ publication policies.
- The manuscript is screened for basic technical requirements.
- The corresponding author receives a confirmation E-mail, informing him/her whether or not the manuscript has been properly structured.
- Even though the authors are responsible for potentially plagiarized content, the editorial office, by using specialized software, scans the content of the paper for plagiarism.
- The editorial office reserves the right to return to authors, without peer review, improperly formatted manuscripts, or non-authorized submissions.
- ESJ reviewers for the manuscript are assigned.
- The identity of the reviewers is anonymous, except for those who are willing to disclose their identity under the “open review” process, which is explained below.
- ESJ specialty chief editors are invited to comment on the structure of the paper and the quality of the review reports received.
- Author-suggested reviewers are also acceptable. However, the specialty chief editors and the members of the editorial office are instructed of being cautious when relying their decisions on these review reports.
- All of the ESJ reviewers are familiar with the ESJ peer review policy. Their awareness of the necessity of a prompt response on whether or not they are able to conduct a review in a given moment is noted in the invitation.
- Every single paper submitted to the ESJ undergoes a rigorous peer-review procedure. Two or more reviewers review a majority of the submitted manuscripts.
- When a sufficient number of review reports are received, the managing editor and editor-in-chief make the final decision. The time of the peer-review completion depends on many circumstances. Even though we strive to provide peer review in a decent timeframe, the fast publication cannot be guaranteed.
- One of the editors in chiefs assesses the language aspect of each paper. If necessary, proofreading of the content may be requested from the author(s). The ESJ editorial office may offer to the authors its professional proofreading services. However, the author(s) is always informed that using these services is not obligatory. However, the author(s) have to provide a final version without grammar or punctuation errors.
There are several types of decisions possible. They include:
-Accept the manuscript as submitted;
-Accept it with minor revision;
-Accept it with major revision; and
-Reject the manuscript because it does not meet the journal criteria.
ESJ is a peer-reviewed journal and all the papers submitted undergo a single-blind peer-review process. The latter means that reviewers know the identity of the authors, but authors do not necessarily know the reviewer’s identity.
However, in order to enhance the transparency of the peer review process, in 2016, ESJ has introduced an “open review procedure”.
The result of the “open review” initiative is to publicly announce the review reports of the accepted paper, along with its full content. In this regard, the author’s approval has a key role to play in the development of this process.
As of June 2019, review history is available for every published paper. It includes the contact information of the corresponding author, date of publication, the number of review reports received, and the names of the reviewers. The latter only if they decided to reveal their names.
Furthermore, we encourage the reviewers of the papers and the senior editors to reveal their names on the ESJ evaluation form and approve that their names can be made available on the ESJ’s website.
All ESJ articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Attribution License. With this license, authors retain copyright to their manuscript, but allow any user to share, copy, distribute, transmit, adapt, and make commercial use of the work without needing to provide additional permission, provided appropriate attribution is made to the original author or source. However, first publication rights are granted to the publisher. The journal/publisher is not responsible for subsequent usage of the work. It is the author’s responsibility to bring an infringement action if so desired by the author.
Plagiarism is not acceptable in the ESJ submissions and publications. After the submission, authors are requested to declare the originality of their work by properly citing, re-using, or copying previous publications. If plagiarism is detected during the peer review process, the manuscript would be rejected. If plagiarism is detected after publication, the publisher has the right to issue an erratum/corrigendum or retract the paper.
The editorial office is participating in a growing community of CrossCheck System’s users in order to ensure that the content published is original and trustworthy. Moreover, the editorial office uses other similarity checkers to confirm the originality of the submitted papers.
At ESJ, we consider the language aspect of the papers of particular relevance. Therefore, a native language speaker assesses the language aspect of each paper. If decided proofreading is mandatory.
The ESJ editorial office may recommend its own proofreading services. However, authors are always informed that they are not obliged to use the suggested services but can choose other ones.
As of May 2016, ESJ uses Portico as an archiving solution. Portico is among the largest community-supported digital archives in the world. Working with libraries and publishers, they preserve e-journals, e-books, and other electronic scholarly content to ensure researchers and students will have access to it in the future.
Moreover, along with the online content, every ESJ edition appears in the print version. It also represents a preservation solution. Thousands of hard copies have been disseminated to Universities and individuals around the world.
ESJ Ethics Committee
This committee consists of the ESJ Managing Editor, Editor-in-Chief, and associate editors. It is chaired by the Managing Editor. Its primary role is to cope with the complaints received by the editorial office.
Within seven (7) days of a reception, the ESJ Managing Editor shall forward the complaint to all the committee members and other interested parties.
The committee members shall discuss the validity of the complaint and express their opinion within two (2) weeks of its reception.
If necessary, the Managing Editor will include ESJ reviewers in the process to obtain their opinion. Opinions from the advisory editors may also be required.
Within four (4) weeks from the reception, the final decision on the complaint will be made and sent to the parties. This timeframe might be prolonged in specific cases.
In the past period, the ESJ Ethics Committee managed to successfully solve all of the several complaints received. The Erratum, Corrigendum, and Retraction notes for these cases are available on the website.
Conflict of Interest
Authors, reviewers, or editorial members have to disclose every situation or connection, which could potentially affect the impartial review and publication procedure.
ESJ is a self-sustained journal. Up to date, the publisher did not receive any grant or funding for publication. The low level of publication fee serves only for covering the publication costs.
If the paper is accepted for publication, author(s) will be asked to pay 97 Euros as an article publication fee, in order to defray the operating costs such as review management, website maintenance and archiving, printing hard copies, and delivery.
Author(s) will be entitled to one printed copy per author free of charge, but not more than two copies per paper. Authors can also get additional copies of the printed journal by paying 20 EUR for each additional copy.
The publication fee does not include professional proofreading of the papers.
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