Acceptance decisions related to the submitted papers will be based on: closed, double-blinded review and/or open, non- blinded review. Consequently:
- papers submitted to Aplimat Journal will be sent to the member of the Editorial Board and/or to additional reviewers for its respective double-blinded reviews; and
- they also will be submitted to reviewers nominated by their respective authors for its non-blinded review. The author(s) of each submitted paper should nominate at least one reviewer, and can nominate a maximum of three reviewers for the non-blind review of their respective submitted paper.
Acceptance of a submitted paper will be based on both kinds of reviewing. Moreover these papers will be under the supervision of the editorial board of Aplimat Journal.
The reviewing process of extended abstracts, case studies, position papers, reports, white papers, panel presentations will be based on the relevance of the topic, its potential for interdisciplinary communications, its educational value and/or its analogical thinking potential.
Several studies have shown the strength and the weaknesses of these two methods of reviewing. Many editors and authors also addressed this issue, some of whom have concluded that the reviewing should be double blinded and some others reached the opposite conclusion. David Kaplan, a highly cited author for example, stated that to overcome the weaknesses of peer-reviewing and to fix it "Review of a manuscript would be solicited from colleagues by the authors. The first task of these reviewers would be to identify revisions that could be made to improve the manuscript. Second, the reviewers would be responsible for writing an evaluation of the revised work." (Kaplan D., 1995, "How to Fix Peer Review", The Scientist, Volume 19, Issue 1, Page 10, Jun. 6. Also in http://www.scienceboard.org/community/perspectives.142.html).
Since both of these reviewing methods are opposites without contradiction between them, both methods can be used in a way as to complement one another, getting their advantages and reducing their respective disadvantages. This is the aim of Aplimat's Organizing Committee while choosing to combine both of them in the reviewing process of the papers that are submitted to the conference.
Organizers of Special Issues are autonomous with regards to the reviewing method to be used in the reviewing process of the papers to be submitted to their respective sessions. They can use any of these two methods or some combination of them.
All accepted papers that have at least one of their authors with a confirmed registration status in the journal site, will be included in both versions - hard copies and CD. Papers received after the respective deadline may be included only tp the next volume of Journal.