Review Process FAQs
Who specifically are the "peers" that will be reviewing articles?
Solutions tries to find a broad range of peers who may come from different areas of society and different disciplines. We usually try to get one academic and one or two additional reviewers from other areas of society (ex. business, governmental, non-profit, etc). The point is to get as broad of a perspective as possible.
Does the peer review process consist of journalistic-style fact checking versus a true peer review?
All features are peer reviewed in the academic sense. However, the editors and reviewers do some fact checking.
If a business submits a solution, would you be sending their solution out to similar (rival) businesses for review?
We would send the article to an academic that has business experience or someone on our editorial board from the business area. We would not send the article to business competitors unless original authors agreed to work on the article with other businesses.
How exactly is the peer review process done? Is it limited only to Solutions' editorial board? If there isn't a "peer" on the editorial board, will a new peer be added to the editorial board?
The reviewer does not have to be an editorial board member, and usually isn't. The reviewer can be anyone that meets the qualifications of being an expert within the field who has the ability to review the article with an unbiased eye.
How many peers review each document?
Approximately 2 or 3.
How much substantive editorial control is given up by the author who submits to the peer review process?
None. Once the reviewers make their recommendations it is up to the authors to decide what feedback to accept or not. If the quality of the feedback is good, the authors can ask the reviewers to become co-authors. The journal editors will work with the authors to improve their article. However, in the end, the final decision remains with the journal as to which articles to publish.