Publication Process


Stage 1: Receipt and Acknowledgement of Your Submission (1-2 days)

You will receive acknowledgement of receipt within a day or two of submitting your manuscript. Please follow-up with email inquiry, if you do not.

Stage 2: Identification and Securing of the Principle Parties to be Involved with Your Particular Article – Technical Area Editor (TAE) and Reviewers (2-3 weeks)

The Editor-in-Chief will assign your submission to a Technical Area Editor (TAE), who will identify appropriate potential Reviewers and make publishing recommendations to the Editor-in-Chief based on their comments. Reviewers are contacted and secured by JoSS staff.

Stage 3: Peer Review (4 weeks)

Once Reviewers commit to the task, they are given four weeks to review your submission and return their comments. (A minimum of two Reviewers is required for a paper to move forward towards publication in JoSS.)

Stage 4: Preliminary Publishing Decision, Based on Review Comments (1-2 weeks)

The TAE will make a preliminary decision to conditionally accept a submission based on these comments, or to return the manuscript to you as not ready for publication. After the Editor-in-Chief concurs with this decision, you will receive notice of JoSS’s preliminary publishing decision and any further instructions at that point.

Stage 5: Author Revision (4 weeks)

If your submission has been conditionally accepted, you are given four weeks to revise your paper in response to the received comments, and return it along with an item-by-item description of your response to each Reviewer comment.

Stage 6: Final Publishing Decision Made and Notification Sent to Author (1-2 weeks)

Your revision will be reviewed by the TAE to determine whether you have adequately responded to Reviewer comments, for final publishing decision. After the Editor-in-Chief’s concurrence, you will receive notice of JoSS’s final publishing decision. If there are any further adjustments to be made by you as Author, you will be given instructions.

Stage 7: Final Editing – Layout – Publication (2-3 weeks; publication timing depends on upcoming JoSS issue schedule)

Your submission will be edited by JoSS for format, consistency, and grammar; should there be major changes or questions about edits that might have altered your substantive meaning, the editor will send specific portions or all of your paper to you once more before layout. Otherwise, you will next see your paper when published in the upcoming JoSS issue.