The corresponding or submitting author submits the paper to the journal via OJS.
Editorial Office Assessment
The team checks the paper’s composition and arrangement against the Biota’s Author Guidelines to make sure it includes the required sections and stylizations. The quality of the paper is not assessed at this point.
Appraisal by the Editor-in-Chief (EiC)
The EiC checks that the paper is appropriate for Biota and is sufficiently original and interesting. If not, the paper may be rejected without being reviewed any further.
EIC Assigns a Section Editor (SE)
Biota has Section Editors Team who handle the peer review. SE would be assigned at this stage.
Invitation to Reviewers
The handling editor sends invitations to individuals he or she believes would be appropriate reviewers. As responses are received, further invitations are issued, if necessary, until the required number of acceptances is obtained. All peer review publications will be referred in double-blind review process by at least two reviewers with expertise in the relevant subject area.
Response to Invitations
Potential reviewers consider the invitation against their own expertise, conflicts of interest and availability. They then accept or decline. If possible, when declining, they might also suggest alternative reviewers.
Review is conducted
The reviewer sets time aside to read the paper several times. The first read is used to form an initial impression of the work. If major problems are found at this stage, the reviewer may feel comfortable rejecting the paper without further work. Otherwise they will read the paper several more times, taking notes so as to build a detailed point-by-point review. The review is then submitted to the journal, with a recommendation to accept, revision required or reject it. Results of the review process are normally available within one month of submission.
Editors evaluate the Reviews
The handling editor considers all the returned reviews before making an overall decision. If the reviews differ widely, the editor may invite an additional reviewer so as to get an extra opinion before making a decision.
The Decision is communicated
The editor sends a decision email to the author including any relevant reviewer comments. Authors need to correct all the revisions in the manuscript according to the reviewer's request. The reviewers should expect to receive a new version, unless they have opted out of further participation.
If accepted, the paper is sent to production. Authors get notification. If the article is rejected, the manuscript include constructive comments from the reviewers and editors team to help the author improve the article.