For Department Editors
For Special Issue Editors
Scientific articles are subject to a double-blind, constructive, and rapid peer review process. Each manuscript is pre-reviewed by the respective department editor or editor-in-chief. Subsequently, at least three international experts (as a rule two international academics and one business practitioner) – usually after a first revision – evaluate the article and assist in improving the quality of promising articles in multiple subsequent revision rounds until the articles reach maturity for publication. What we aspire is to extract the scientifically interesting core and to identify valuable contributions by constructive suggestions The articles are evaluated among others by their incremental contribution to the state-of-the-art, by the application of recognized and properly scientific methods (rigor) and by the significance of the examined question for business practice (relevance). Another criterion in evaluating articles, particularly those submitted from business practice, is whether the empirical knowledge has broader applications. Specific solutions for application systems are published only if they serve as a model for other fields of application. In order to get to the core of the matter from a scientific point of view and to identify valuable contributions for the community, the reviewers assist in improving the quality of articles in multiple subsequent revision rounds by giving constructive suggestions. One review round usually takes less than two monthsdue to the commitment of the former editors-in-chief and the entire editorial board. As a result, we eliminate the insecurity with the authors and create incentives for cumulative research with good and constructive interaction. Papers are rejected if it is foreseeable that they will not meet the journal’s requirements of rigor and relevance even after several rounds. Unfortunately, at the moment more than 70 % of all submissions are rejected. Even if these contributions are published in other journals, the constructive, continuous, and rapid review process supports the authors and leverages the discipline as a whole.
With respect to editorial content, importance is attached to commercial neutrality and to covering the relevant facets of a topic as comprehensively as possible.