Review and Publication Process
Via DEAL, Springer publishes its journals (and thus also the PVS) in an open access format free of charge for the authors. There are only two requirements that have to be met:
1) The authors must click on the button indicating that they want to publish their article open access.
2) At least one of the authors must belong to a DEAL-eligible institution. This is usually not a problem, since all German universities are such institutions. Only in the case of groups of authors who are not completely active in Germany, the affiliation to DEAL would have to be checked again in detail.Important: If some authors in an author team belong to DEAL-eligible institutions and others do not, then the authors of the DEAL institutions must be corresponding authors (from the very beginning)! This has explicitly nothing to do with the order of the authors. Corresponding authors can also be second or third authors.
We were pleased to receive 32 submissions, which is a great sign for the movement towards an open and transparent research and publication process in electoral research and beyond.
All submitted abstracts were read and evaluated by at least two members of the editorial team, of which at least one person was blind to the identity of the authors (in many cases both editors were blind). Based on the evaluations by these editors, abstracts were categorized into one of three possible categories: 1 = very promising abstract, 2 = promising with some question marks, and 3 = low fit and likelihood of being included in the Special Issue. In addition, the editors had the possibility to give specific feedback on the proposal.Of the 32 submissions, 6 were assigned to category 1 (very promising abstract), 11 were assigned to category 2 (promising with some question marks), and 14 were assigned to category 3 (low fit and likelihood of being included in the Special Issue).