Peer Review and Publication Process

  • After submission, the authors receive a confirmation email, and the manuscript is automatically assigned a manuscript number. 
  • The Editorial Assistant scans for standards (APA style, cover page, masked copy). 
  • The manuscript is assigned to the appropriate Editor or Associate Editor, who reviews the manuscript for overall fit. 
  • At this point, the authors may receive a request for revision prior to peer review, or a desk rejection if the manuscript is not appropriate for publication in JCES. Otherwise, the manuscript will be entered into the peer review process. 
2 First PEER Review
  • Each manuscript is sent to at least two peer reviewers. Peer reviewers are assigned to manuscripts based on their areas of expertise (e.g., topical, methodological). In the event that the originally assigned reviewers are unavailable or unresponsive, appropriate replacement reviewers will be selected. 
    • JCES utilizes a double-blind peer review process. 
  • Peer reviewers provide substantive feedback on the overall merits of the manuscript, make specific suggestions for individual sections, and provide a publication recommendation. 
3 Editor Decision
  • The assigned Editor or Associate Editor is sent the feedback and recommendations from the peer reviewers. As necessary, the Editor or Associate Editor will provide additional commentary to the authors, along with one of the following editorial decisions: 
    • Accept (most often pending minor revisions) 
    • Revisions required for acceptance 
    • Reject 
  • For articles that receive a request for revision (major or minor), the authors should plan to resubmit their revised manuscript (masked, unless otherwise indicated), along with a cover letter detailing how they addressed each of the reviewers’ recommendations. 
    • In most cases, authors should expect to submit their revised manuscripts within four weeks, but are welcome to request additional time as necessary. 
  • At the discretion of the assigned Editor or Associate Editor, the manuscript may be sent out for additional peer review. Most often, the revised manuscript is sent to the original peer reviewers, but input from additional peer reviewers may be sought as well. 
  • The assigned Editor or Associate Editor will then send the authors an updated editorial decision. 
  • Please note that it is not unusual for articles to receive multiple rounds of peer review as we work with authors to strengthen their work. 
  • Once a manuscript is formally accepted, it is entered into the JCES publication queue. The JCES production team provides additional editing and copyediting, as well as layout support. Authors are asked to approve any changes before the manuscript is published. 
  • Works published in JCES are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License by default. However, authors have the option of selecting a different Creative Commons License when they submit their manuscript. 
  • Once the authors approve the final version of their manuscript, it is assigned to an issue. To further improve our responsiveness to authors, JCES now publishes manuscripts online as they are ready. Every manuscript published online is considered to be republished in the annual printed JCES Anthology issue. 
  • JCES is an open access journal, which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.

To submit a manuscript to JCES, click here.

For specific instructions for authors wishing to submit to JCES, click here.