The evaluation system followed by The Journal of the History of El Puerto is one of reciprocal anonymity, in other words, the external evaluators and the authors of the original manuscripts to be evaluated do not know each other. Correspondence between these groups will be carried out through the journal ’s Editorial Board. This system is used in order to guarantee the quality of the articles to be published, and is made in a positive spirit.
The Editorial Board of The Journal of the History of El Puerto will immediately acknowledge receipt of the manuscripts presented. This does not imply a commitment with the authors.
Initial acceptance may be conditioned by the modification of the manuscript by the authors.
The original manuscripts received at The Journal of the History of El Puerto office are read by all the members of the Editorial Board. Subsequently, and during an ordinary meeting, the members make a decision and the manuscripts are either initially accepted or rejected based on their criteria.
Those manuscripts initially accepted are sent (with the exception of the debates, reviews and notes) to two external evaluators who are experts in the corresponding fields. Depending on the specific case, the evaluators are chosen by the Editorial Board or appointed according to the advice from the members of the Board of advisors of The Journal of the History of El Puerto, who are specialists in the subject to be evaluated.
The Editorial Board of The Journal of the History of El Puerto may make observations and request the author to modify the original article, regardless of the opinion of the external evaluators.
The Editorial Board will consider the arguments presented by the authors concerning these modifications and will maintain an open dialogue with them. If consensus is not reached, the Editorial Board of The Journal of the History of El Puerto will make the final decision.
The members of the Editorial Board who present manuscripts to be published in the journal will not take part in the acceptance process of these. The rest of the members of the Editorial Board may reject the manuscript but cannot, however, accept it without the final approval of the two corresponding external evaluators, which in this case, would have to be appointed by the members of the Board of advisors who are experts in the field of the manuscript.
In the case of significant discrepancies between the two external evaluators concerning an original manuscript, the Editorial Board of The Journal of the History of El Puerto will decide for itself whether or not to publish the manuscript, or it will call on a third external evaluator. If this is the case, the third evaluator will be appointed by using the same process mentioned above.
The definitive approval of the manuscripts (either through the favourable decision of the external evaluators concerning the original manuscript, or because the manuscript was modified as indicated for publication) will fall under the competency of the Editorial Board of The Journal of the History of El Puerto, which has the power to reject the manuscripts approved by the external evaluators, if reasons existed for this during the admission process.