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Instructions for publishing in the series Acta Universitatis Ouluensis: Peer review of publications

Peer review of publications in series Acta Universitatis Ouluensis

The series Acta Universitatis Ouluensis has been granted the right to use the peer review label of the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies (TSV). The series also commits itself to the other requirements of the use of the label.

Further information on the peer review label

Authors or editors who wish to publish their peer-reviewed manuscripts in the Acta series should contact the editorial office of the series (acta.toimitus(at) for further information on the publishing process.

After receiving the manuscript for evaluation from the editorial office the Acta subseries editor conducts a preliminary evaluation of the manuscript and decides whether to continue the publishing process. The author is notified within seven days whether the process is continued or not. After this she may submit to the editorial office the manuscript laid out in accordance with the requirements of the series, a suggestion on five peer reviewers and the permissions required for the material subject to permission.

The texts are sent to two reviewers for peer review. The series editor selects the reviewers, verifies their impartiality and approves them. The reviewers are experts in their field who are not affiliated with the editorial office or the University of Oulu. The reviewers remain anonymous during the publishing process, but their names will appear in the final publication.

The peer reviewers write their expert opinion and fill in the Acta series review form. They assess the research material, as well as the theoretical framework, reliability, structure and linguistic comprehensibility of the research, and whether the results contain novel information. The peer reviewers submit their opinions within four weeks.

The publications editor and the subseries editor decide, on the basis of the expert opinions, whether to accept or reject the manuscript, and inform the authors of their decision. They also send to the authors the anonymous opinions of the reviewers, possible proposed alterations and the reasoning behind them.

Before publication, the series editor verifies that the alterations required by the evaluation have been made.


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