The SVUIJAS’s editor or editorial board considers the feedback provided by the peer reviewers and uses this information to arrive at a decision. In addition to the comments received from the review, editors also base their decisions on the journal’s aims and audience, the state of knowledge in the field, and the level of competition for acceptance.
The following represent the range of possible outcomes:
- Accept without any changes (acceptance): The SVUIJAS will publish the manuscript in its original form. This type of decision outcome is rare.
- Accept with minor revisions (acceptance): The SVUIJAS will publish the paper and ask the author to make small corrections. This is typically the best outcome that authors should hope for
- Accept after major revisions (conditional acceptance): The journal will publish the manuscript provided the authors make the changes suggested by the reviewers and/or editors
- Revise and resubmit (conditional rejection): The journal is willing to reconsider the manuscript in another round of decision-making after the authors make major changes.
- If the decision involves revision for the author, the specific changes that are required should be clearly stated in the decision letter and review reports. The author can then respond to each point in turn.
- Reject the manuscript (outright rejection): The journal will not publish the manuscript.
The editor ultimately decides whether to accept or reject the article. The decision outcome will be accompanied by the reviewer reports and some commentary from the editor that explains why the decision has been reached. The editor will weigh all views and may call for another opinion or ask the author for a revised manuscript before making a decision. The submission system provides reviewers with a notification of the final decision.