Screen and Peer-Review Process
The publication of JULS articles takes place in two steps. First, submissions are screened and assessed by the editorial staff and Editors-in-Chief to determine quality and appropriateness for publication in JULS. After this initial screening process, submission will be either accepted or rejected for peer-review. Rejected articles will receive feedback upon request and may be re-submitted following significant changes.
JULS Research and Review articles undergo at least one round of peer-review. Peer-reviewers are blind to authors and consist largely of faculty members affiliated with relevant UofT departments. A concerted effort is made to match reviewers with appropriate knowledge and expertise with submissions. In the case that there is significant deviation between a submission and its qualified reviewers, the corresponding and submitting authors will be made aware via contact from the editorial team. Each submission receives at least two reviewers – additional reviewers may be considered if requested. To make this request, please send an email to the editorial staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or submit a discussion message on OJS outlining your concern and rational for additional review.
Peer-reviewers assess submissions for scientific accuracy, rigour and overall stylistic consistency. In very rare cases, peer-reviewers may request additional experiments or data analysis, which will prompt an additional round of review. Very few articles are rejected during the peer-review process – JULS is committed to ensuring quality articles that pass the initial screen be published once modified to an appropriate standard. Examples of rejection at the review stage include obsolescence of a core dataset or controversial developments in foundational models.
The target time between submission and a review decision for 2019-2020 is approximately 4-5 weeks.
Once articles pass through peer-review and are accepted for publication, manuscripts proceed to be typeset and published online via the JULS Online system. After acceptance, submissions may be cited as “in press” at JULS. Full citation information will be available upon online publication. Individual manuscripts throughout the term are collated into the annual paper issue, which is generally published near the end of May. All authors, reviewers, and funding personnel are invited to request copies of printed issues, free of charge.