Review process

Journal of Micropalaeontology performs a single-blind peer review. However, it is up to the referees to reveal their identity. Once the manuscript has been registered (as a regular manuscript or part of a special issue), the author will receive a manuscript number from the online editorial support system, the Copernicus Office Editor, and will be asked to upload the manuscript files as described in the manuscript submission.

  • The Copernicus Publications Editorial Support performs an incoming inspection of the submitted files and consults the author if necessary. A plagiarism check is applied and a report is made available to the editor and referees (if applicable).
  • The Copernicus Office Editor assigns the manuscript to the editor-in-chief, who then assigns it to the editor covering the relevant subject areas. She/he gets access to the entire manuscript.
  • The editor nominates at least two independent referees. As soon as a referee has agreed, she/he receives the manuscript.
  • Once at least two independent referee reports have been received, the Copernicus Office Editor contacts the editor to read these reports and to make a decision. In addition to acceptance/rejection, the editor can request minor revisions (further review by editor only), as well as major revisions (further review by referees and editor).
  • The Copernicus Office Editor informs the author of the manuscript about the decision and provides a link to the reports of the editor and the referees.
  • For the final decision, the editor either directly recommends to the editor-in-chief the acceptance/rejection of the revised manuscript for publication or consults again referees. In case of acceptance or rejection, the editor-in-chief is asked to verify the decision of the editor. She/he can either approve it or request additional corrections.
  • The peer-review process of each manuscript is summarized in the manuscript records. Editors, authors, and referees have access to parts that concern them.