Standard review is the typical track in which authors submit a complete manuscript for evaluation. Authors can expect the first round review via this track to take ~4-6 weeks.
Scheduled review (based on the concept introduced in Chambers & Tzavella, 2020) aims to significantly accelerate this process by performing key tasks in parallel. Rather than submitting a full manuscript, authors initially submit a one-page, template-based “snapshot” which is evaluated by an editor. If deemed suitable, the editor then sends the snapshot to potential reviewers and arranges for the review process to take place during a narrow range of dates at least 6 weeks in the future, with the submission date nominated by the authors. During the intervening time the authors then prepare the full manuscript. Although this process can only feasibly expedite the first round review (and not the re-review of a revised submission), the overall time-saving is substantial because the first round of assessment is usually the most onerous.
Authors intending to submit to the scheduled review track must do so using the 1-page snapshot template available here. Submissions that do not use this template will not be considered.
The Standard and Scheduled review tracks are available for both Regular articles and Registered Reports submissions.