Peer Review Procedure

Leather and Footwear is committed to peer-review integrity and upholding the highest standards of review. Once your paper has been assessed for suitability by the editor, it will then be single or double blind peer-reviewed by independent, anonymous expert referees.

Step 1:

  • Editor assessment – Peer review begins with submitting your article to a journal. The journal editor will decide if article is suitable based on journal’s aim and scope. The editor might reject the article immediately, but otherwise it will move to the next stage, and into peer review.

Step 2:

  • First round of peer review – The editor will contact researchers or academics who are experts in your field, to read your article, and suggest whether to publish your paper in journal. They will be checking that your work is original or new, that your study design and methodology are appropriate and described so that others could replicate what you’ve done, that you’ve presented your results clearly and appropriately, that your conclusions are reliable and significant, and that the work is of a high enough standard to be published in the journal. You’ll then be given feedback about your article, telling you if any changes need to be made before it can be published. Please note the final editorial decision on a paper and the choice of who to invite to review is always at the editor’s discretion.

Step 3:

  • Revise and resubmit – You can then amend your article based on the reviewers’ comments, resubmitting it with any or all changes made.

Step 4:

  • Accepted – If everything works as described, submitted work will be published.

Step 5:

  • Peer review integrity – Every article published in Leather and Footwear has been through peer review; its quality, validity, and relevance assessed by independent peers within the relevant field.