Information for Authors

Peer review is single-blind. Involvement in the review consists of two reviewers from outside and one editor from the journal.
The editorial team checks if editing requirements are met and the topic is appropriate. The scientific content is sent to two external reviewers. If necessary, the editorial board sends the comments of the reviewers to the authors, so that the latter can make the recommended changes, if necessary. Then, the checked article is sent back to the reviewers. The reviewers are experts in their field with high academic background from academic centers and research institutes. They are expected to provide objective comments and to recommend improvements to the examined manuscripts. Reviewers are requested to declare any potential conflict of interest and to assure confidentiality of their evaluation by not sharing the manuscript or disclosing the review report, in part or in full, to any third parties.

If at least one of the reviewers considers that the article does not meet the scientific requirements for publication, the Editorial Board can refuse its publication. Evaluation will take into account: importance of debated issues, adequacy of literature review, rigor of methodology used, rigor of analysis (appropriate interpretation), clarity of writing, explanations, concepts, suitability of illustrations and tables, adequacy of abstract (accurate summary of the entire paper) and keywords, adequacy of introduction (purpose and rationale), adequacy of conclusions, accuracy of the title and contribution to the study of GeoPatterns areas of interests.

The authors are requested to participate in the peer-review process by responding to the requests of the reviewers. Not providing the recommended corrections and changes without pertinent arguments from the authors leads to a stop in the publication process.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all the following items; submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor was it sent to another journal for consideration.
  2. Manuscripts must be accompanied by certification on the part of the author that the scientific contribution represents the author(s) original work and has not been copyrighted anywhere else. The template for this certification can be downloaded here: GeoPatterns Agreement Letter.doc
  3. The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format.
  4. Where available, DOI URLs for the references must be provided.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines

Copyright Notice
Submission of an article implies that the work presented has not been previously published and copyrighted, is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and its publication is approved by all authors. Manuscripts which are undergoing a review process in GeoPatterns should not be resubmitted to copyrighted publications. Manuscripts mostly describing the same research results should not be published in more than one journal. By submitting a manuscript, the authors retain the rights of the published material and if published, they permit the use of their work (copied and distributed) under open-access legal acknowledgment procedures.

The copyright on any article published in GeoPatterns is retained by the author(s). The authors are granting the publisher of GeoPatterns a license to publish the article and identify itself as the original publisher. Authors also grant any third party the right to use the article freely if its integrity is maintained and its original authors, citation details and publisher are clearly identified.

The journal does not have article processing charges (APCs) or article submission charges.
The average number of weeks between submission and publication is 12.
The journal allows readers to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of its articles and allow readers to use them for any other lawful purpose.