Editorial Processes

What happens when GAIA receives an article:

1. The editorial office confirms receipt of the manuscript. Within one month the authors will receive notification stating whether or not the article will be sent out to peer review.

2. Peer review: If the article is considered suitable for GAIA, the editorial office will initiate the double-blind peer review.
Based on the reviews, the responsible GAIA editor will decide on the further process. In any case, whether revision or rejection, the authors will receive the anonymous reviews.

3. Editorial review and revision: If the outcome of the peer review is essentially positive, GAIA will invite the authors to revise the article on the basis of the referee reports and additional editorial comments. All authors are asked to indicate modifications in their revised version and declare, in a response table, how they have addressed each comment by the reviewers, the editor in charge or the editorial office. If a recommendation of a reviewer, an editor or the editorial office is not followed, the authors must provide an explanatory statement.

4. Final revision: Fine adjustment in language and style as well as the final layout are completed by the editorial office in coordination with the authors. After final revision, the authors receive the galley proof of their paper. In the galley proof, only mistakes and printing errors will be corrected. Any further changes will be charged to the authors.

5. After publication, the first authors will be sent five copies of the respective GAIA issue as well as the article in PDF format.