Rules for the Editorial Board

The editors-in-chief have scientific responsibility for the journal. They take decisions on the acceptance or rejection of articles collectively and unanimously. Their decisions (acceptance or rejection) are irrevocable. To simplify the task of the editorial board, they handle all correspondence with authors via the editorial assistant, in agreement with the editors associated with the corresponding articles.

All Editorial Board members have a 5-year mandate, renewable at most once. Of course, members may resign during their term of office.

Ethics: during their term of office, editorial board members refrain from participating in the submission of an article as an author. However, they are encouraged to solicit articles of the desired quality for the journal.

Articles submitted for publication on the editorial platform are in English or French. The editorial process described below is applied to them.

1. Once an article has been submitted, one of the editors-in-chief takes responsibility for its follow-up and selects one (or exceptionally several) associate editor(s) from the editorial board. Contacts with authors and referees are the sole responsibility of the editor-in-chief, either via the editorial assistant or directly. In exceptional cases, other editors-in-chief may, in agreement with the editor-in-chief in charge, intervene in the editorial process by contacting the referees.

2. In agreement with the associate editor(s), the referring editor-in-chief may request rapid external advice on the article's suitability for publication, as well as a suggestion of referees.

3. In the light of rapid advice, the chief editors may reject the article, and will make their best to do so within a short time after submission, less than one to two months if possible, or decide to continue with the editing process.

4. If the referring editor-in-chief decides to continue the editorial process, either after rapid advice or directly after submission, he or she will, at the suggestion of the associate editor, contact one or more referees and request a detailed report within two to six months.

5. After review by the referee(s), the referring editor-in-chief, in agreement with the associate editor, may request changes to the article, without prejudice to final acceptance.

6. Once any modifications have been approved by the referees, and after any further review, the editor-in-chief, in agreement with the associate editor, proposes to the other editors whether or not to accept the article for publication.

7. The editors decide unanimously whether or not to accept the article, and the editor in charge of the article informs the author, the associate editor(s) and the article's reviewer(s) via the editorial assistant. All editors-in-chief and the associate editor can view decisions via the editorial platform.