Information for Editors
Highlights of Science publishes scholarly open access, peer-reviewed journals to disseminate the latest research. We work closely with external editors and provide as much support as we can to ensure editorial efficiency as well as high quality publishing.
Editorial Process Overview
All the manuscripts (except for those non peer-reviewed types) submitted to Highlights of Science journals will undergo a rigorous single-blind peer-review process by at least two independent reviewers in the relevant field, followed by a final acceptance/rejection decision by the Editor-in-Chief, or another academic editor approved by the Editor-in-Chief.
The online editorial management system of Highlights of Science, which is designed to ensure the publishing process more rapid, efficient and convenient, integrates easy-to-use tools for manuscript submission, peer-reviewing, and editorial decision-making. The Editors-in-Chief (or Guest Editors) can view and check the status of manuscripts submitted to their journal (Special Issue) at any time through the online system.
The authors will be guided on how to prepare and submit their manuscripts by the Instructions for Authors, specified on the journal homepage of each Highlights of Science journal.
Once a new submission is received, the in-house editorial staff (professionally trained managing editors) will do the initial check and then coordinate the whole editorial process while an editorial assistant will be assigned as a main point of contact for the manuscript and to organize the peer review.
Reviewers must hold a PhD degree and/or be a recognized expert in the field, not have co-authored publications with the authors in the last five years, and have recent publications in the field of the submitted manuscript.
After peer-review and author revision, the academic editors (the Editor-in-Chief, Guest Editor, or an appropriate Editorial Board Member) will make a final acceptance decision based on Reviewers’ comments and their own evaluation. Apart from exceptional circumstances, a maximum of two rounds of major revision is allowed per manuscript.
After acceptance of an article for publication, the in-house editorial staff will organize the production of the paper for publication on the journal website. Papers will be published online immediately after acceptance.
Responsibilities of Academic Editors
All academic editors are closely assisted by the editorial staff in Highlights of Science. Academic editors do not need to do editorial administration work, but supervise the editorial process, ensure the scientific quality of the published contents and represent the journal in academic communities. The Editorial Office will support the journal management and take care of the editorial process, including correspondence with authors and reviewers, preparing accepted manuscripts for publication.
The Editor-in-Chief is the head of the journal and is mainly responsible for the scientific quality in order to ensure the success of the journal. With the assistance from the Editorial Office in the management of the journal, the Editor-in-Chief is responsible for:
determining the Aims and Scope of the journal;
selecting Editorial Board members for the journal;
supervising the editorial process;
ensuring the quality of the published contents;
advising on the strategic development of the journal.
Editorial Board Member
The Editorial Board is constituted of a group of experts in the field who support the Editor-in-Chief in the running and development of the journal. Editorial Board members are responsible for:
reviewing a couple of manuscripts per year;
making decisions on manuscripts;
suggesting topics for Special Issues, which they may also guest edit;
representing and promoting the journal to peers and colleagues;
advising on the journal development.
Guest Editor
Guest Editors are leading scholars in the field of a topic issue, that is the Special Issue, which gathers the latest research from distinguished scientists as well as active young scholars. Guest Editors are responsible for:
defining the Aims and Scope of the Special Issue;
assisting in inviting contributions and promoting the Special Issue;
supervising the peer-review process;
making decisions on manuscripts after peer-review.
Comments and Questions
Please send your comments and questions to or directly to the journal Editorial Office.
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