Peer Review Process


Serendipities will try to develop a new mode of peer-reviewing.

Any submitted paper (or archive contribution) is scanned by one of the editors / associate editors whether it fits into the scope of the journal and is sufficiently well written for further consideration. Papers who pass this test are then anonymized and read by the other editors and everyone (except the one who scanned the initial version) votes (accepted as publishable or not). If one of the editors votes negatively the paper will be transferred to Alternative B. Authors of papers which are unanimously accepted as publishable by the editors will be treated as described for Alternative A.

Alternative A: After the unanimous acceptance of the paper by the editors, the authors are immediately informed about the status of their submission (with further details on the following process). The submitted paper is then sent to 2-4 reviewers. These reviewers are informed that Serendipities will publish the particular paper and asked to provide suggestions for improving the paper.

Alternative B: Papers who did receive a majority of the editors’ votes go to 2-4 external reviewers. In this case the reviewers are asked to give us their opinion with regard to (1) rejection – (2) publishable after revision – (3) publishable with minor revisions (the usual procedure).

The advantage of this double blind peer review procedure is that good papers get (principally) accepted relatively early, authors get an acceptance note quickly and alternative A reviewers are encouraged only to help improving the paper.

Serendipities accepts submissions in English, French, German, and Spanish for reviewing but will ask those authors whose articles are accepted to provide an English version for publication. Stylistic and orthographic copy-editing will be provided.