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Editors are crucial for the smooth running of JCOM: they select expert referees, guaranteeing the scientific quality of the Journal and ensuring smooth and timely editorial processing of contributions. Indeed, the journal relies heavily on the editors' scientific qualifications, competence, promptness and commitment for quality and efficiency.

Preprints are assigned to the most appropriate editor. The editor's workload is taken into account in the distribution of the assignments and overload is avoided insofar as possible. JCOM has a large number of editors to give competent coverage of all of JCOM's subject areas. This ensures that articles can be reviewed by the most appropriate referees and that generic decisions be avoided.

Editors are expected to carry out their tasks according to the Journal ethical policy.


Timing for processing contributions

Editors and referees are expected to follow the guidelines below to facilitate prompt processing of manuscripts:

Editors are consulted immediately upon receipt of a submission and should select two or more referees within 5 days.

If the editor does not react within this time, a reminder will automatically be sent. Continued failure to respond to a request for review will result in notification to the Editor in Chief, who will decide on the most appropriate course of action.

Referees should accept/decline a request to reveiw a manuscript within 5 days of the editor's request. An automatic reminder will be sent if no response is received.

If referees do not react or reply within the deadline, Editors may be contacted to select additional reviewers.

Referees should review manuscripts within 3 weeks (from the date of the review request).


Editorial Policy

Original research and theoretical contributions should be substantial and significant in content and we welcome papers that challenge existing theory or practice or seek to move the field forward. Papers must address one or more of the subject areas covered by JCOM.

Reviewers are expected to comply with the Journal's guidelines on how to write the report.

Editors should apply the following criteria for acceptance:

Originality - does the paper provide an original contribution to the field by adding to existing knowledge or providing a different angle or perspective on previous research?

Research Quality - does the paper use appropriate research methods to address the topic at hand and are the claims made appropriate to the data collected? For theoretical papers, is the argument suitably grounded and constructed?

Scope - does the manuscript fall within the remit of the journal?

Articles submitted to JCOM must not have been published in other journals, or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Editorial oversight and peer review is handled anonymously.

JCOM also encourages submission of essays that provide a thought provoking exploration of a topic relevant to the subject areas covered by the journal. Editorial Board members may be asked to review essays with a view to deciding whether it is suitable for publication. Essays should discuss issues faced by the communities served by the journal and may be directed at either scholarly debate or science communication practice.

The Editorial Board is central to maintaining the quality of JCOM. Through review of JCOM's scientific policy and involvement in the peer reveiw processes, the Editorial Board is responsible for ensuring the scientific quality of accepted papers.

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