All articles in open issues and special issues (monographs), monograph proposals and book reviews go under a strict two-step blind peer-review process undertaken by experts in the corresponding areas of each contribution.

Internal Review. The editors first review each manuscript to see if it meets the basic requirements specified in the general and stylesheet guidelines described below, and that it is of sufficient quality to merit external review. Manuscripts that do not meet these requirements are not sent out for further review. The internal review generally takes 1-2 weeks. Following the internal review, authors are notified of the results.

External Review. Submissions which meet the basic requirements are then sent out for blind peer review by 2 experts in the field. The external review takes approximately 3-4 months. Following the external review, the authors are sent copies of the external reviewers’ comments and are notified as to the decision (accept as isrevisions required, resubmit for review, decline).

HIJLH uses plagiarism screening services to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. If plagiarism is detected, the submission will be turned down.

In addition, following the Author Guidelines (see ‘For Authors’) in the menu, submissions already published, in press, or currently considered for publication elsewhere will be turned down.