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  • Last updated: April 5, 2018

Purpose

The purpose of this guide is to specify matters concerning the review and publication of submitted articles in accordance with the submission guidelines (updated on January 1, 2016).

Preliminary review

1. The editorial board should check the submitted articles for adherence to the submission guidelines and, if necessary, re-submit them to the author within 1 week.
2. The editorial board should undertake a preliminary screening of the submitted articles (regarding content and quality) before requesting a peer review. If the content and quality of the submitted article is not worthy of peer review, it can be notified at this stage.
3. The editorial board should complete the preliminary review and request a peer review within 2 weeks after receipt of supplementary submissions.

Request for review

1. The editorial board selects reviewers from the list of nominated reviewers for articles that have passed the preliminary review. If there is a more appropriate reviewer for the submitted article, the reviewer may be appointed from outside the list of judges.
2. As a general rule, all submitted articles shall be reviewed by two experts in the field concerned. However, if an editorial board has requested the article, this can be omitted.
3. The reviewer assigned to the review of the submitted article shall be kept anonymous. (Double-blind review)
4. Those who belong to the same institution as the author of the submitted article are excluded from reviewing the article.

Review and revision

1. The reviewers must complete the first review within two weeks after accepting the review.
(It must be completed within 1 week from the second review.)
2. If the selected reviewers refuse to review or fail to reply within 6 weeks, the editorial board may replace the reviewers.
3. When all reviews are finished, the editorial board will send the results of the review to the author. The editorial committee may add the opinions of the review results
4. The authors should revise and submit the revised article with the “Author Response” to the editorial board according to the comments of the reviewer within 4 weeks after the completion of the first review. After the second review, it should be submitted within 2 weeks.

Notification of review results

The results of the review are divided into 4 types as follows.

1. Accept: It is judged that the article may be published in its current state. However, the editorial committee may request a minor revision in accordance with the journal publication format.
2. Minor or Major Revision: It is not possible to judge whether the publication is suitable for the current situation. The revised manuscript is re-examined to determine whether it can be published. If a satisfactory revision is not made, the reviewers may decide that the article cannot be published.
3. Reject: It is judged that the publication is inappropriate. However, if the review results of the first two reviewers are extremely divided, a third reviewer may be appointed for further review.

Publication decision

The final manuscript shall be published only after the editorial board makes a ruling on publication.

Reject

In the following cases, articles cannot be published.

1. If it is judged that the article cannot be published based on the review results they have not submitted a revised manuscript after six months without justifiable reasons
2. If the editorial board has requested that the authors revise or supplement the article, but they have not submitted a revised manuscript after six months without justifiable reasons recognized by the editorial board they have not submitted a revised manuscript after six months without justifiable reasons
3. If the author has objected to the decision that their manuscript cannot be published, the editorial board shall deliberate on the contents of the objection.

Review Fee

The editorial board shall pay reviewers a limited, one-time review fee.

Mandatory Items

Any matters not specified in these regulations shall be processed by the editor-in-chief and shall be reported to the editorial board.

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