Fundamentals of the Review Process
Reviews are done by the members of the Executable Board i.e. the Senior Editors and the Editorial Board Members (see Editors), whereas the members of the Editorial Advisory Board have an advisory and organisational function. The review process of AIS-TES is composed of two steps.
Step 1: Double Blind Peer Review
According to objectivity, the first review is a double blind review: After the submission of a paper, first the Editorial Office tests it for adherence to the submission guidelines (like anonymity, formatting requirements). Then the Editorial Office chooses two reviewers according to the topics who have to evaluate the paper. If the reviews differ extremely, a third reviewer will be involved. The author gets an anonymous version of his review and must, if necessary, submit an adapted contribution to the Editorial Office within an appropriate period of time. Finally, the author receives a proof print which he has to send to the Editorial Office with an added comment that the paper is ready to publish. The identities of the author(s) and the reviewers are held anonymous to each other during the review process.
Step 2: Dynamic Peer Review
After the paper has been published, online users have the possibility to evaluate and comment on the papers.
The aim of the combined review process is to provide a high degree of objectivity and constant quality. Only the double blind peer review is essential for the acceptance for publication.