The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by three expert reviewers, selected from a reviewer database or the suggested reviewers by the authors according to specific expertise and editorial choice. On submission, editors review all submitted manuscripts initially for suitability for formal review. The manuscript must fit the aims and scope of the journal; and at that point in time it has only been submitted to MEB, and has not been published elsewhere, has not been submitted to another journal, or has not already been accepted for publication elsewhere.
If it is initially accepted, the manuscript will be placed in queue for being refereed by three related reviewers. Manuscripts with insufficient originality, serious scientific or technical flaws, or lack of a significant message are rejected before proceeding for formal peer-review.
MEB employs double-blind peer review process implying both reviewer and author identities are concealed from each other. Every manuscript is also assigned to a member of the editorial team, who based on the comments from the reviewers makes a final decision on the manuscript. The comments and suggestions (acceptance/ rejection/ amendments in manuscript) received from reviewers are conveyed to the corresponding author. Upon receipt of the revised manuscript from the author and after final approval by referees, the editor-in-chief will make the final decision, and notification letter will be sent to the corresponding author.
The Editors or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. It is important to note that the process of accepting or rejecting articles submitted by the editor and members of the editorial board is similar to other articles submitted to the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor / Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process. Decisions will be made by other Editorial Board Members who do not have a conflict of interest with the author.
Manuscripts accepted for publication are copy edited for grammar, punctuation, print style, and format. Page proofs are sent to the corresponding author. The corresponding author is expected to return the corrected proofs within seven days. The whole process of submission of the manuscript to final decision and sending and receiving proofs is completed online. All articles will become online immediately after the final acceptance in the ‘Article in Press’.