TESEA uses a double-blind method to evaluate manuscripts. To help ensure a high academic standard of its contents, TESEA relies on anonymous peer reviews as an essential component of the evaluation process of manuscripts.
The review process begins when authors submit their research to the Editor of TESEA, upon compliance with the Code of Editorial Ethics and the Guideline to Authors.
The Editor acknowledges receipt to the authors and indicates the approximate duration of the peer review process, which should not exceed four months. However, depending on the circumstances of the review, this length of time may vary. The process is as follows:
- In the first stage of the process, the Editor undertakes a preliminary review of submitted manuscripts to verify that it meets the requirements set by the Guidelines to Authors. At this stage, known as desk review, considerations of quality and originality are verified, including the application of tools to detect possible forms of plagiarism. As a result of this review, the Editor can either reject the manuscript or send it to the next stage of the review process.
- If the Editor forwards the manuscript after the desk review, he sends it to two anonymous peers for evaluation. The designated referees should have expertise in the subject of the manuscript, should not be ethically compromised to undertake the evaluation and they also should not be affiliated with Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar nor with the organizations to which the authors belong. Referees are bound to give their concepts and recommendations objectively and fairly based on the standards established by TESEA. These standards include the pertinence of the paper in its field, the rigor of exposition and its contribution to knowledge. Reviewers will also strive to identify errors and possible instances of plagiarism, suggest improvements, evaluate the originality of the text and verify its coherence, in particular the correspondence between its argumentation and its conclusions.
- Based on the pertinence of the paper in its field, the rigor of exposition and its contribution to knowledge, the referees may accept it without modifications, accept it with modifications or reject it outright. If one or both reviewers request modifications to the manuscript as a condition for the acceptance of the text for publication, the Editors will notify the authors and set a deadline to address the changes.
- Upon receiving a revised manuscript, the Editor checks that revisions were made accordingly. If any revisions are found to be neglected, the Editor may rescind of the manuscript or, considering the circumstances on an individual basis, ask authors to add or edit any necessary modifications.