Special Issues

Editorial Process


The author submits a manuscript and it receives a tracking number (Manuscript ID).


An editor is assigned to the manuscript within two working days and an email will be sent to the authors via the system.

Plagiarism detection

Plagiarism is a serious issue in the world of academic publishing. Plagiarism is not only taking someone else’s work and using it as your own: there are different circumstances under which reproduced content can be considered “plagiarized”. We use a tool called iThenticate to scan every submission before peer review.

Initial manuscript evaluation

All submitted manuscripts are read by the editorial team. To save time for authors and peer-reviewers, only those papers that are most likely to meet our editorial criteria are sent for formal review.

Manuscripts that are rejected at this initial stage, have serious scientific flaws, poor grammar or English language, or are outside the aims and scope of the journal. Authors of manuscripts rejected at this stage will usually be informed within one week of receipt of the manuscript.

Peer review process

The Peer review process seeks to enhance the quality of the manuscript by meeting the following criteria:  

More robust: Peer reviewers may point out gaps in the manuscript that require more explanation or additional experiments.

Easier to read:  If parts of the manuscript are difficult to understand, the reviewers can suggest revisions that will make the manuscript easier to read.

More useful: Peer reviewers can highlight the importance of your manuscript to others in your field and can help to show how your study advances your area of research.

Our reviewers play a vital role in maintaining the high standards of the Signa Vitae. This journal uses a double-blind peer review system, such that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. More about our editorial policies.

Editorial Decision and Revision

The editor assigns potential reviewers to the manuscript and the author is notified.

Reviewers agree to review the manuscript.

Reviewers submit their reports to the editor.

The editorial team discusses the reports and the editor makes the final decision. The decision will be one of the following:

Accept without Revisions: The paper is accepted to publish without revision.

Accept after Minor Revisions: The manuscript is in principle accepted to publish after a minor revision based on the reviewer’s recommendations, and the authors are given a particular period of time to revise their manuscript for final publishing.

Reconsider after Major Revisions: The author will be asked to provide additional information to support the conclusions according to the reviewer’s comments, or a point-by-point response to the reviewer’s comments if these comments cannot be revised. Usually, only one round of major revision is allowed and the authors will be asked to submit the revised manuscript within a proper time schedule. The revised manuscript will be returned to the reviewer for further comments. The acceptance of the paper will depend on this round of review.

Reject: The article has serious flaws, and/or makes no original significant contribution. No offer of resubmission to the journal is provided.

Responses to the reviewer's comments should be made in a point-by-point fashion. Where the authors disagree with a reviewer, they must provide a clear response. This process may involve further consultation between the reviewers and and the editor.

The editor contacts the author with the decision.

If the decision is negative the author is given the opportunity to transfer their manuscript to another journal. If the manuscript was peer reviewed the referee comments are also transferred.

Author Appeals

Authors may appeal a rejection by sending an e-mail to the Editorial Office of the journal. The appeal must provide a detailed justification, including point-by-point responses to the reviewers' and/or Editor's comments. The Managing Editor of the journal will forward the manuscript and related information (including the identities of the referees) to the Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor, or Editorial Board member. The academic Editor being consulted will be asked to give an advisory recommendation on the manuscript and may recommend acceptance, further peer-review, or uphold the original rejection decision. A reject decision at this stage is final and cannot be reversed.

In the case of a special issue, the Managing Editor of the journal will forward the manuscript and related information (including the identities of the referees) to the Editor-in-Chief who will be asked to give an advisory recommendation on the manuscript and may recommend acceptance, further peer-review, or uphold the original rejection decision. A reject decision at this stage will be final and cannot be reversed.

Editorial & Production

Once accepted, the manuscript will undergo professional Language Editing, Layout editing, Author Proofreading, and Format Conversion and publication on the Signa Vitae website.

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