This section aims to provide authors with some guidance about the overall editorial process. The CSLR editorial cycle can be broken down into eight main stages, which are as follows:
- Authors must submit their article or note through the CSLR online submission form system.
- Once a submission has been made, authors will receive an email acknowledging successful receipt. The acknowledgement email also contains a submission identification reference which authors should quote in their future correspondence with the CSLR.
- If a submission is made before the relevant cut-off date, it will be considered for inclusion in the relevant issue. Evaluation occurs on a continuous rolling basis such that submissions made after a given cut-off date will be considered for inclusion in the following issue or volume.
- Every submission will then be subject to a threshold assessment by the Executive Board. This is a marginal quality check designed to exclude any submissions which do not conform to the CSLR style guidance or content types or which are manifestly below the standard that the Board expects.
- If a submission is rejected at this preliminary stage, they will be notified by e-mail. Authors who have adhered to the CSLR guidance will not receive an e-mail at this point, and their submission will be passed on to the relevant editorial team for substantive detailed assessment.
Editorial Team Assessment
- A submission will now be passed to the Managing Editor of the relevant editorial team, who will assign the review process to one or more of his team's editors.
- Editors will review both the substance and style of every submission and will make recommendations to the team's Managing Editor with regard to either its provisional acceptance or rejection.
- Authors should receive an e-mail informing them of the outcome of this assessment process within six weeks of online submission. There are three possible assessment outcomes:
- Provisional acceptance - a submission manifestly meets the assessment criteria for the particular content type and should be suitable for publication, subject to some minor alterations and the final approval of the Executive Board.
- Resubmission guidance offered - a submission shows potential and the editors are willing to work with the author to develop it with a view to resubmission; overall it requires substantial improvement such that it cannot be provisionally accepted in its current form.
- Rejection - a submission falls below the expected standard in terms of substance or style and does not show significant potential for improvement.
- Where assessment results in outcomes (1) or (2), submissions will be immediately assigned to editors who will work through the piece with a view to providing detailed constructive guidance for improvement and development.
- Authors will receive this editorial guidance anonymously via an e-mail from the relevant Managing Editor.
- Upon receipt of this e-mail, authors should take the guidance on board and make the appropriate changes. Communication between authors and editors should be prompt, open and constructive. It is likely there will be several rounds of drafting and re-drafting over a period of approximately eight weeks before a provisionally accepted submission is ready for final assessment by the Executive Board.
Executive Board Final Assessment
- All provisionally accepted submissions which have gone through the revision process will be subject to a final quality check by the Executive Board. This is to ensure that all submissions are of a consistently publishable standard.
- After these final checks have been completed, authors will receive an email confirming the definite acceptance of their submission.
- All submissions are now passed to assistant editors who transform the Review into its publishable format.
- Prior to publication, authors will be emailed a final draft of their submission so that last minute proof-reading can take place. Only typographical, small changes may be made at this stage.
- The Review will be simultaneously published electronically and in manual printed format. Authors will receive an e-mail confirming publication.