The Journal Review System

The Journal Review System
All articles submitted to the editors of the BCA journal undergo peer review.
The Associate Editor checks the relevance of the submitted article to the journal’s scope and content, the requirements for the submitted article and handles it over to the editorial board, which decides upon the research quality of the manuscript. The reviewer must have deep professional knowledge and experience in a specific scientific field, be recognized as a specialist in the subject of peer-reviewed materials, and have publications on the subject of the reviewed article within the last three years.
If the submitted article meets the aforementioned criteria, the Editor appoints a reviewer who can evaluate professionally the submitted article based on similarity of his or her research interests.
The reviewing usually takes 1 month.

The reviewer evaluates the topicality and novelty of the research results submitted, their theoretical and practical significance, references. The reviewer provides the editor with an overall recommendation:
a) the article should be accepted
b) the article needs revisions and may be resubmitted
с) the article should be rejected (mentioning the reasons)

After a manuscript gets positive review, the editorial board informs authors their manuscript is admitted for publication. In case the review is negative, the author is given an opportunity to read the text of the review which is e-mailed to the author; the expert remains anonymous.

If the reviewer recommends major or minor revisions, the editor sends a decision letter to the author suggesting that recommendations should be accepted for a revised variant of the article or rejected argumentatively.

The list of reviewer’s observations that may be the reason for the rejection of the manuscript:
- absence of references;
- material reduplication (publishing the material or its major part in other journals) ;
- absence or uncertainty of the conclusion;
- absence or incompleteness of disclosure of the stated topic in the content of the publication;
- absence of abstract, key words and other obligatory parts within the structure of the article.

The editorial board sends the article back for revision after peer review just once. The revised version of the article will be rejected in case the editorial board is not satisfied with it.

The final decision on publication is made by the editorial board taking into consideration the reviewer’s recommendations, research significance of the paper and its fitting to the journal scope. The rejected article cannot be resubmitted to the journal.

When the editorial board’s decision on publication is made, the author gets informed about it and probable date of publication.

Original reviews are kept in the editorial office of the journal and publisher for 5 years.

The editorial board of the journal undertakes to send copies of reviews to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation upon receipt of a corresponding request.