Once the review process is completed, the Volume Editor in coordination with the Series makes a final decision, which can be one of the following:
- Considered with minor revisions
- Considered with major revisions
When the papers are ‘considered with minor revisions’, ‘considered with major revisions’ or ‘rejected’, the author(s) will receive the comments resulting from the evaluation process. Those authors whose papers are accepted in their current form may receive comments regarding the series’s guidelines in order to publish the final version. The review process is closed when, after all the required review rounds, the author(s) addresses all the comments raised by the reviewers and/or editors.
Before considering a paper for possible publication, a decision needs to be made regarding the definition of the ‘corresponding author’ and the ‘order of authors’. The corresponding author will play an administrative role since he/she will be contacted by the Editorial Office during the manuscript evaluation, production, and post-publication processes.
A contribution statement needs to be submitted together with the manuscript where the role per author is described. The authors can find support on the roles defined by CRediT. This information will be published together with the full text. All those whose contributions are not listed in the taxonomy defined by CRediT can be listed in the Acknowledgements section.
In case someone requests to withdraw his/her name from a paper, or even claim for inclusion, a formal declaration needs to be submitted to the Editorial Office. This request will be considered once a letter of agreement is signed by all authors.
- Direct or indirect resources received by any institution to complete the research work.
- Financial relationships with entities that supported the performance of the research work.
- Patents and copyrights, whether pending, issued, licensed, and/or receiving royalties related to the research work.
- Personal relationships with people who can influence the research content.
These are some examples of COI statement:
- ⦍Author name⦎ has received ⦍state the received benefits⦎ from ⦍Institution name or equivalent⦎.
- ⦍Author name⦎ has ⦍type of relationship⦎ with ⦍Institution name or equivalent⦎.
If there is no conflict of interest, the authors must declare:
- The author(s) declare that there is no conflict of interest.
- Depositing data in a public repository. The Registry of Research Data Repositories can be of help to select a platform to host the data. The link(s) to access the data should be included in the manuscript.
- Data as supplementary material. During the submission stage, authors can submit supplementary files containing relevant data to share. These files will be available during the peer-review process and will be also published together with the paper main text.
- Data on request. Prior to the publication process, authors may be asked for research data at the request of the editors or reviewers.
Citations to research data should appear in the full text in the reference section. Authors need to follow the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles to provide the correct citation and referencing of the data.
- The (Name/type of data) generated during the development of this study has been deposited in (Repository name) and it is accessible at (Data URL).
- The (Name/type of data) generated during the development of this study has been included in the manuscript.
- The (Name/type of data) generated during the development of this study has been published as supplementary material.
- The (Name/type of data) generated during the development of this study cannot be freely available due to (reasons) but they might be requested to (contact information).
- The (Name/type of data) generated during the development of this study cannot be freely available due to restrictions imposed by (Name of the restrictor).
- No data have been generated during the development of this study.