Blind Review Process

Regarding the process of evaluating articles submitted to Revista Foco, it is characterized by a double evaluation system and involves two sequential steps: the desk review and the evaluation by the referees.

In the desk review, editors gather and analyze, without any identification of authors, the articles received to assess their relevance to the scope of the journal and their potential to significantly contribute to knowledge in the field of study of the scientific journal. When necessary, editors involve members of the scientific committee in this process.

When the submitted work does not comply with the journal's policies, the authors are informed of the decision, within thirty days from the date of submission. Articles approved in the desk review stage are forwarded to two experts who make up the journal's reviewer body for evaluation in the Double Blind Review system, or to external researchers selected for their knowledge of the article's area of ​​study.

The reviewers are professors and researchers associated with stricto sensu graduate programs at national or foreign educational institutions. Articles are evaluated considering the relevance of the topic studied, the writing, the logical chaining of the theoretical review with the use of appropriate references, the suitability of the methodological procedures, the depth and consistency of the analyses, the design of the conclusions and the relevance contributions, by means of a pre-defined form provided to the referees. This stage of the evaluation process can last up to a month, and at the end of it, the authors are informed about the editorial decision.

What are the possible outcomes?

After the evaluation, the Editor will make the following decisions:

  • Accepted;
  • Minor fixes;
  • Required corrections;
  • Rejected.

After making the requested adjustments and verifying them by the referees and editors, the articles are submitted to spelling, grammar and adaptation to the norms adopted by the journal and to the final editing of the document.

Note: If there are differences between the reviewers, the Editor may select a third reviewer or reject the manuscript.