Editors play an essential role in the publication process of any journal/article. Firstly, a Managing Editor’s job begins with an initial check that is preceded by the authors’ submissions of manuscripts. The Managing Editor’s job is to, preliminarily, check all the submitted documents; beginning with focus and scope and moving on to images, figures and general format as well as run a similarity check. If the documents do not meet the criteria, authors are then asked to make the required changes to the manuscript and re-submit. If the documents meet the required criteria, they are then sent to the Editor-in-Chief for approval.
The documents are sent back to the managing editor and then to the editor to assign reviewers. After the revision process, (For Reviewers) review comments are then returned to and collected by the editor. Depending on the received reviews/recommendation, the editor takes the decision of acceptance, revision or rejection. ESSD follows a double-blind peer review process, where the peer reviewer’s information is kept confidential and not shown to the authors, and vice versa. The Editor is then responsible of communicating the reviewers’ comments, acceptance/rejection, to the author and require an edited and final version. If the manuscript is accepted, it may be checked and edited, after this stage, for grammar, punctuation, style and accuracy.
The editor then receives the final version, reviews the manuscript and sends it back to the reviewers for approval before ensuring its acceptance. It is lastly sent for a final check by the Managing Editor and then Editor-in-Chief which, if approved, is sent for production. In the case that authors are dissatisfied with the decision regarding the publication of their papers, they may appeal the decision (Complaints Policy).