PEER REVIEW

In order to ensure high quality publications, The Theological Review (in Romanian Revista Teologica) has a double-blinded peer review process. Manuscripts received from authors are first examined by editorial staff (the secretariat of The Theological Review) and are sent to two independent reviewers for peer review.

The following types of contributions are specifically peer reviewed: original research, translations, review articles, translations, collection of essays, conference proceedings. Other works may be peer reviewed at the discretion of the Chief Editor.

The Theological Review possess a consistent list of potential peer reviewers who are well profiled specialists in different domains of theology, history and philosophy from Romania and abroad. The list is permanently updated and enlarged.

The peer review process involves the following steps: (1) manuscripts are initially examined by the editorial team; (2) if selected, they are sent by the secretariat of The Theological Review to two expert independent reviewers for review; (3) the reviewers examine the manuscripts and submit their report to the secretariat of The Theological Review ; (4) the secretariat, based on the reviewers’ report, makes one of the following decisions: (a) to accept the manuscript for publishing, with or without editorial revision; (b) to invite the author to consistently revise his/her work; (c) to reject the manuscript, but indicate that further revision might justify a resubmission; (5) in case a manuscript receives a positive and a negative report, the secretariat may return it to the reviewers for further advice or ask a third reviewer to analyse the manuscript so that a final decision could be met.

The Theological Review ensures a “blind peer review” i.e. the reviewers receive the manuscript with the author’s name erased. Also The Theological Review does not release reviewers’ identities to authors or to other reviewers, except when reviewers specifically ask to be identified. Reviewers are also asked whether there is any conflict of interest between them and the author/authors of the manuscript to be reviewed or the theme of the manuscript.

The Theological Review ca is committed to rapid editorial decisions and publication. A reviewer is asked to submit his/her report in a period of maximum 6 weeks.

Reviewers have freedom to formulate their report in their own manner. However, they are asked to try responding to the following questions:

  • Is the manuscript clearly written? If not, how could it be made more clear or accessible to specialists or non-specialists?
  • Is the research relevant for the specialists of the respective discipline? Would readers outside the discipline benefit from this work?
  • Did the author/authors treat previous literature fairly?
  • Did the author/authors provide sufficient methodological details regarding purpose and hypothesis of their research?

Additional confidential comments to the Chief Editor are welcome. In case that a reviewer finds that a manuscript needs editorial revision or is unacceptable, he/she needs to provide detailed proposals for improvement, or the reasons why a manuscript cannot be accepted for publication in its present form.