Evaluation Process

Articles submitted to the RAE first pass through a preliminary triage in terms of format (to see whether they conform to expected norms and formats) and then pass through a system that detects similarities. They are then evaluated in a triple-blind system, performed in four stages: 

  1. A preliminary evaluation conducted by the Editor-in-Chief, who examines whether the work fits into the journal’s general scope and its potential for publication;
  2. A blind review conducted by a member of the Scientific Editorial Board or an invited specialized researcher, who seeks to identify the article’s contribution to the area, being able to reject it or forward it to referees;
  3. A blind review conducted by two referees, appointed by the member of the scientific editorial board, who can recommend improvement or rejection of the text;
  4. A blind review conducted by the same Scientific Editor (from step 2): the two evaluation reports are again reviewed by the scientific editor, who can add suggestions for the development of the article or recommend its rejection. This step involves continuing reassessments and gathering resources to improve the article.They are then evaluated in a three step process: 

After an article is approved, it is submitted for editing and revised for any spelling and grammar mistakes. The authors are kept informed of every step of the evaluation process and the preparation of the article.

The average annual time between article submission and approval for publication was 219 days in 2016.

The main reasons why articles submitted to the RAE are rejected are:

  1. They are in the wrong format;
  2. They lack a top quality current review of the field literature;
  3. The methodology has deficiencies;
  4. Theoretical details need to be inserted and the work’s contributions are insufficient or unclear.
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