Peer-reviewer process

All journals are subject to a rigourous external peer-review process to ensure the publication of works of the highest scientific quality. The arbitration system uses external evaluators to this publisher and only original texts are accepted for publication.

Peer evaluation is doubly anonymous (also known as the double-blind model). That is, the identity of the evaluators is hidden from the authors, and vice versa.

As a general rule, the editor sends the received manuscript to two peer-reviewers. In the case of any doubt, the publisher reserves the right to send it to a third reviewer, or to as many additional reviewers as is deemed necessary in order to ensure the quality of the publication.

To evaluate the articles, the peer-reviewers will consider 7 criteria which are clearly defined by the journals’ editorial boards. The reviewers will complete a form that will be sent (anonymously) to the authors. Each criterion scores from 0 to 10, so when setting the average, the lowest possible score is 0, with the highest score being 10. Based on this score (quantitative evaluation) and the comments of the reviewers (qualitative evaluation ), the editorial board of each journal decides whether to accept or reject an article, whether to request a resubmission of the text, or whether it recommends the article be published in another of the editorial group’s journals.

Publication frequency

Electronic versions of articles are published immediately and continuously (publication on the go). Each article is published on the web as soon as the stages of layout, testing and paging are completed.

The journals are biannual, that is, two issues are published per year. The first biannual edition is completed half-way through the year (June / July), and the second is completed at the end of the year (December).

Ethical declaration

Global Knowledge Academics is committed to ethical publishing and applies ethics standards.

For all ethical matters that may arise in academic publication, the editorial team endeavours to act professionally and efficiently, to be fair and objective, to maintain a smooth communication with the accused party –and grant the necessary timeframes– in order to establish its position before reaching a decision, to keep all parties informed of the decisions and to protect the moral rights of the authors.

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Open Deferred Access

All journals have a deferred open access policy, that is, the contents of the journals will be available in open access 12 months after their online publication. This allows three fundamental pillars to be made compatible: the vocation to favour a free flow of knowledge; the economic sustainability of the journals in the medium and long term; and the quality and rigour of published articles, both from the epistemic perspective (provisional acceptance of shipments, peer evaluation) and from an aesthetical perspective (editing, corrections, layout, tests).

Journals try to combine excellence, solidarity and sustainability, so they share knowledge they help to generate almost immediately, once the quality, continuity and survival of the journals are assured.

Two years after their publication, the articles become open access on the various journals’ web pages, but the journals will keep the copyright of the work. Any person or institution that wishes to upload or freely circulate the editor’s version of an article on their website, or in an institutional repository, should contact us. Firstly however, you can read our self-archiving policy below.

Self-archiving policy in digital repositories

All journals offer open access to the articles once two years have elapsed after their publication. However, the journals will keep the copyright of the articles published in open. That is, any person or institution wishing to upload or freely circulate the editor’s version of the article on its website or in an institutional repository should contact those responsible for this editorial group.

Therefore, as a general rule, the publication of the editor’s version (VdE) is not allowed on personal websites or in thematic or institutional repositories, except in cases where a Creative Commons license is assigned (see below). Instead, authors are allowed to publish the author’s version (VdA) on their websites or in the repositories.

  • Editor’s Version (VdE): an article which has been peer reviewed, edited, corrected, formatted, paged and indexed by the journal’s editorial team. The VdE is also known as postprint.
  • Author’s Version (VdA): a manuscript initially sent by the author to one of the journals (without reviewing or layout). The VdA is also known as preprint.

The editorial management process of the complete cycle that leads from the VdA (‘raw’ manuscript) to the VdE (epistemically and aesthetically improved product) has a cost that is not negligible, as it is a task performed with absolute rigour by professionals of the highest level.

In order to facilitate the free flow of knowledge and help authors disseminate their ideas, while ensuring the economic sustainability of journals, we are pleased to offer authors the possibility of assigning an open Creative Commons license to their articles, allowing them to post their articles wherever they wish (personal website, institutional repository, etc.), for a fee of €95.

By agreeing to publish in the journal, authors cede the commercial rights of the published work (VdE, postprint) in exchange for an editorial service (peer review, layout, etc.), but maintain the moral rights over the work (VdA, preprint). By paying € 95, the authors recover the commercial rights of the work (VdE, postprint) and therefore can freely circulate this version (VdE, postprint) online by simply assigning a Creative Commons license. We will be happy to offer free advice to help you choose the Creative Commons option that best suits your specific case. (Remember that empirical studies have shown that open-access articles achieve an increase in citations that can reach 250% compared to articles that are not open access)

To summarise… by assigning a Creative Commons license to your article for only €95, you can increase the number of citations received and upload the editor’s version to the institutional repository of your university or to your own website so that the fruit of your work is saved and accessible in your university (or on your website)… forever!

If you have questions or would like more information about deferred open access or Creative Commons licenses, please email us and we will help you choose the best option for you.