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Review process

This journal uses a single-blind model of peer review. The author does not know the identity of the reviewers, but the reviewers know the identity of the author. 

Once your manuscript has been submitted to HPLSE an Associate Editor will oversee the peer review process.

Decisions on articles submitted to HPLSE are made by the Associate Editors, guided by the advice and recommendations of expert referees.  The Editors of HPLSE and authors all value the work done by referees greatly.  Thank you.

Appeals Process

Appeals of editorial decisions will only be considered if they refer to a specific manuscript and must be based on evidence that either (1) an editor or reviewer made a significant factual error/a major misunderstanding of a manuscript, or (2) the integrity of the editorial decision making process was compromised.  In general, only one appeal per manuscript per decision stage will be considered. 

To make appeal against an editorial decision please send a rebuttal letter to hplaser@siom.ac.cn. Your letter should include details of your manuscript (title, author details, manuscript number) and explain clearly why you disagree with the editorial decision. If reviewer reports were included with the editorial decision, then these criticisms must be responded to in the rebuttal letter.

The journal Editor will consider your appeal. All appeal requests are handled on a case by case basis and the Editor's decision is final. If successful, an appeal can lead to the article’s re-entering the peer review process. If the appeal is rejected, then the original rejection decision is upheld and no further consideration of that article is possible.

New submissions to the journal take priority over appeals, so it may take a substantial period of time to reach a conclusion about your appeal.