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 three step process:

  1. Desk review conducted by the Editor-in-Chief, who examines whether the work fits into the journal’s general scope and whether it has  potential for publication;
  2. A preliminary evaluation by a member of the Scientific Editorial Board, who seeks to identify the article’s contribution to its specialty; the consistency of its scientific methodology and the sample used; as well as its relevance and whether its bibliography is up to date. In this step, the scientific editor decides whether the article should be rejected or should continue on to the next step in the process; and
  3. The double blind review: coordinated by a member of the Scientific Editorial Board from the article’s specialty, consists of the interaction between the authors of the paper and two specialists who in evaluating the work make comments and suggestions to improve it. Usually the scientific editors and the Editor-in-Chief add editorial advice to the reviewers’ suggestions to improve the article for publication. This step involves continuing reassessments and gathering resources to improve the article.

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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