Since its inception in 1991, UMUAI has extensively relied on electronic reviewing and production. Nowadays the journal is all-electronic, with hardcopies being printed on demand. The preferred submission format is PDF, but virtually all other popular formats can be accommodated as well.
When an article is submitted, the editor verifies that it meets the basic requirements
with regard to scope, originality and substantiation of the research
results, and that it has a reasonable chance of being accepted. Members of the
editorial board may be consulted during this process. About 40% of
submissions are eliminated in this phase. A plagiarism detection system is used to verify the scientific integrity
of the submission. If serious plagiarism is detected, the authors'
institutions will get informed.
If the article is eligible for a full review, its title and abstract are being sent to UMUAI's Editorial Board, to Special Reviewers of the journal as well as other qualified referees, in order to solicit volunteers for a review. Papers become forwarded to 3-4 carefully selected and balanced reviewers who are being asked to answer the following questions:
Upon the receipt of all reviews,
compiles a summary review which is being sent both to the authors and to
all reviewers in anonymous
aims at evaluating regular papers within two months and submissions to
special issues within three months, with a success rate of about 80%
currently. Reviews during the summer months in the northern hemisphere may take two months
majority of papers that ultimately gets accepted is being
considerably revised in reaction to reviewers' comments, and submitted
for a re-review. It is not uncommon that authors still have to perform
additional research to be eligible for resubmission.
After acceptance, authors submit the source files of their articles to the publisher electronically. Proofs are returned to the authors in PDF format within 2 weeks. The final articles are posted on the publisher's website, first as pre-prints and then collected into journal issues. The electronic articles can be accessed by individuals and institutions who hold an electronic subscription. The paper versions of journal issues appear around 4 weeks later and are being mailed to insititutional and individual subscribers.
This extensive use of electronic communication and electronic publishing benefits the authors, the editor, the reviewers, and the publisher. Reviewers do not receive papers unexpectedly, but are informed about incoming submissions and can pick those papers in which they are interested and which they are willing to review within a certain period of time. Both the quality and the punctuality of the reviews is thereby considerably increased. Since electronic papers can be directly processed by the publisher, the error rate is also minimized and the production costs are decreased.