Review Procedures


Manuscript Submissions and Editor Assignments

Authors must submit manuscripts to SIAM Journal on Applied Algebra and Geometry (SIAGA)  in electronic form. Hard-copy submissions will not be considered. Authors can enter submissions directly into the Journal Submission & Tracking System at http://siaga.siam.org. Authors should submit both the manuscript and a cover letter in PDF format. Figures, if any, must be embedded “inline” in the manuscript.

Following are specifics of the journal’s peer review:

After the submission has entered SIAM's tracking system, the corresponding author receives  email acknowledging receipt and providing the manuscript number. Authors are asked to include the manuscript number in all correspondence regarding the paper.

After checking the files the author submitted, the SIAM office contacts the EIC to let him/her know that there is a new manuscript that needs to be routed to a Review Editor. The EIC or a Corresponding Editor will make all final decisions. The EIC reviews each submission to determine whether it is appropriate for the journal and, if so, which Corresponding Editor (CE) can best coordinate the review. The CE may handle the paper him/herself, or may assign it to as Associate Editor (AE), taking into account both the areas of expertise and the current workloads of the editors. At the time the AE accepts the assignment, the paper is considered in review (status R). Note that the EIC or CE can reject papers that are clearly inappropriate for SIAGA without assignment to a n AE for full review. The AE can recommend rejection without referee reports if he or she deems the paper inappropriate for the journal.

Direct Submissions: Members of the Editorial Board occasionally receive submissions directly from authors. In such cases the editor will ask the author to resubmit the paper to the SIAM office through the Journal Submission & Tracking System at http://siaga.siam.org. This procedure ensures that the SIAM office will have the opportunity to access the manuscript for proper processing and tracking throughout the review process. Editors should not review a new submission without the approval of the EIC, who first assigns the Corresponding Editor for each paper.

Papers authored by Editorial Board members:  Papers authored by Editorial Board members are subject to the same anonymous peer review process as other papers. Submissions to the journal authored by a Corresponding Editor will be handled by the Editor-in-Chief. Submissions to the journal authored by the Editor-in-Chief will be directed to the Vice President for Publications, who will oversee the review process.


Status Changes

Once the Review Editor has obtained referee reports and made a recommendation, the reports go to the CE or EIC for the decision. The author receives email informing him/her of the decision. The anonymous reports are generally included.

The various status designations used by SIAM are discussed below. Note the distinctions among the following statuses: rejected, in revision, accepted pending minor revision.

Transfer

Papers that are of high quality but are inappropriate for the journal to which they have been submitted can be transferred to another SIAM journal for consideration. The EICs of both journals and the author(s) must approve the transfer. The EICs must agree before the author(s) is consulted. If the author also agrees to the transfer, the original paper is marked rejected (RJ) and a new file is opened with a different manuscript number. The submission then goes through the web-based system to the EIC of the second journal. The electronic file will reflect its history as a transferred paper.

Reports

Various reports can be run by SIAM staff. Selected reports are run and distributed to the journal EIC on a monthly and quarterly basis. One report shows all papers in process, while others emphasize papers that have remained in one status for an unusually long time.

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