All manuscripts undergo peer review with at least two independent referees. The peer review is organized by the session conveners of the respective conference, who act as the guest editors for the proceedings. Advances in Science and Research performs a single-blind peer review. However, it is up to the referees to reveal their identity.
Once a manuscript has been registered, 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 section.
- The Copernicus Publications Editorial Support performs an incoming inspection of the submitted files and consults the author where necessary. A plagiarism check is applied and a report is available to editors and referees, if applicable.
- The Copernicus Office Editor assigns the manuscript to one of the guest editors, who gets access to the entire manuscript.
- The guest editor nominates a minimum of two independent referees. As soon as a referee has agreed, she/he gets access to the manuscript for review and is asked to take into account the review criteria.
- Once at least two independent referee reports have been received, the Copernicus Office Editor approaches the guest editor to study these reports and to make a decision. Besides acceptance/rejection, the guest editor can request technical corrections (no further review), minor revisions (further review by guest editor only), as well as major revisions (further review by referees and guest editor).
- The Copernicus Office Editor informs the author of the manuscript about the decision and provides a link to the reports of the guest editor and referees.
- The peer-review status of each manuscript is summarized in the manuscript records. Guest editors, authors, and referees have access to parts that concern them.