ISSN: 0393-0300
e-ISSN: 2532-5159

Peer-review Process

This journal follows a double-blind review process. After acceptance by the Scientific Committee, the Scientific Editor sends the submitted papers to two external reviewers, one chosen by the Editor and the other chosen by the Scientific Committee (International and National).

The reviewers will support the Scientific Editor and Editorial Board in making a decision, according to the procedure described below.

Reviewers are independent scholars, with expertise on the subject of the submitted articles, and do not come from the same institution of the authors. They are selected according to the subject of the manuscript in the fields of Near Eastern and Middle Eastern Archaeology, Levantine and Mediterranean Archaeology. Reviewers must produce a vote evaluation based on five concise judgement parameters: completeness and reliability of data base; bibliographic accuracy and updating; inner coherence of the paper; rank of innovation; impact in the field of study, corroborating their votes with a synthetic written evaluation of the articles (maximum 500 words).

After the reviewers evaluation, the Scientific Editor and the Scientific Committee accept the papers with the following possibilities (A to D):

    A) Ready to be published
    B) To be published with minor corrections
    C) To be published after a major revision (needs a second reading by the same reviewers after)
    D) Rejected

Afterwards, articles elected to publication are again examined by the Editorial Board, for formal assessment and editing.

Peer reviewers assist the Scientific Editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist anonymously the author in improving the paper. Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript should notify the Scientific Editor and retreat himself from the process.

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.

A reviewer should also call to the editor’s attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Authors can reject a referee in case of conflict of interest or any kind (religious, gender of political) of discrimination. In this case, the Scientific Editor with the Scientific Committee will appoint a new reviewer.