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Submissions to TACO are reviewed with criteria traditional to the process of selecting significant, archival articles.
Papers must be of high quality and fall within the scope of the journal. There are four main ingredients to an acceptable paper:
Few papers excel in all of these, but a substandard level in any of the four ingredients is sufficient ground for rejection. Many papers require substantial revisions before acceptance, and reviewers should not hesitate to recommend that a paper be rejected pending changes that are required for completeness, correctness, or to substantially improve clarity. For the reviewers, all items in the Review Form should be carefully considered.
Rarely do all reviewers agree on a submission, so the detailed evaluation of the merits and deficiencies of a paper is needed. If you like the paper immensely, do not assume other reviewers will feel the same way. Describe in detail what you think is important about it and how it will contribute to theory or practice. If you are sure the paper should be rejected, you should explain why, politely, but in detail because other reviewers may recommend acceptance. Often, first submissions receive a Revise and Resubmit recommendation; for the authors of these papers, your detailed comments will be of tremendous use in guiding the revision of their work. Even if the paper is not accepted, the work may be published elsewhere, and the authors will still benefit from your constructive suggestions.
The tone of your review is important. When you write an anonymous review, you are acting as a representative of our field and this journal. It is always possible to be constructive and firm without being hostile.
A. One of TACO's Associate Editors will email you, asking you to review a submission. Email the Associate Editor back, letting him/her know whether or not you will review the submission. If you agree to complete the review, the Associate Editor will assign you to the submission in Manuscript Central.
The review form contains an area for confidential comments to the Editors. All private information and questions are clearly marked. These remarks (as well as referee information) are strictly confidential and are not sent to the author.
The overall recommendation should be based on the following five criteria:
Please make comments that are as constructive as possible. Authors spend significant time to create and submit their paper. Your comments should be meaningful and respectful.
For the overall recommendation there are four options: Accept, Minor Revision, Major Revision, and Reject.
Accept - An Accept with no revision means that the submission is perfect and there are no suggestions for improvement. The paper is ready for publication.
A reviewer suggesting Major Revision or feels that the paper should be Rejected and then resubmitted to TACO needs to provide an itemized list describing exactly what the authors need to address in their revision for it to be acceptable.