Manuscripts can be submitted in the common European languages. All papers must include an English abstract.

Every article submitted to the journal will be anonymized and assessed (“peer review”) by at least two members of the advisory board. A manuscript will be accepted if both reviewers suggest a publication in principle. The recommendation can be made without reservations (“accept”), with minor reservations (“minor revisions”) or with major reservations (“major revisions”). For recommendations with minor revisions, the publishers decide whether the desired conditions are fulfilled after rework. A recommendation with major reservations requires a reassessment.

Reports will comment on content, method, didactics, innovation and quality of the manuscript according to a defined scheme. As a rule, the reviews will contain one or two pages,. After receiving an assessment, authors will be given the opportunity to examine the review.

In case of acceptance, the editor will adapt the article in cooperation with the author to the journal’s guidelines. For themed volumes, one editor will be in charge of all contributions. Revisions of the manuscript are permissible and should be made in consultation with the editor.

Once the necessary revisions are made and the conditions are fulfilled, at least two of the publishers will have to pass the paper ready for press. Afterwards it will be released online. Readers with standing orders will be informed by e-mail. New publications will be announced in the VIB’s newsletter as well.

The articles are publicly accessible and readers will have the opportunity to post comments. In cooperation with the editor, the author is given the opportunity to revise his / her article according to these comments.

Articles will be regularly integrated into the journal’s data base. For this purpose they might be arranged according to subject, given page numbers, and converted into pdf-files. This is exclusively done by the Herbert van Halem publishing house. Afterwards, the articles will remain publicly accessible in the archive.

Thus, copyright on the articles is transferred to the Herbert van Halem Publishing House. Until further notice, the articles remain freely accessible for members of the VIB.