Peer review policy


Double blind peer review

Every full paper submitted for publication in the GEOLINKS Conference proceedings is double blind peer reviewed. The peer review is made by two people from the GEOLINKS Scientific Committee and the Review Board.

Scientists in the review board are reviewing the papers voluntarily. GEOLINKS is currently working with more than 35 scientists from Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, and the Czech Republic, who are reviewing the papers together with the scientist from the Scientific Committee.

Reviewers are appointed once the full article meets the publishing criteria of GEOLINKS. Please check the submission guidelines before while preparing your full article. Before submission for review the publishing team of GEOLINKS verifies that the article meets the underlying publishing criteria:


  • The article has up to 6 co-authors and every author is affiliated with his institution and country

  • The article has the same abstract submitted in registration and approved previously by the GEOLINKS Scientific Committee. 

  • Keywords are included.

  • Then the full paper is screened for basic technical requirements.                                                                  !The publishing team reserves the right to return to authors, without peer review, improperly      formatted manuscripts or non-authorized submissions.

  • The article has Introduction, Methods and Methodology, Results and/or Discussion and Conclusion.  Acknowledgments are written properly after the Conclusion and before the references.

  • All references are fully cited.

  • Self-citation is kept up to 30%.


  • All research papers submitted for publication are checked with plagiarism detection software to verify its originality and find similarity percent of a research paper. And the papers failing to satisfy the mentioned criteria are sent back to the author for modification.

  • If plagiarism is detected in research paper just before publication, the author will be given a chance to resubmit the paper after necessary modification as suggested by the editor. However, if the editor decides plagiarism is a major issue in the research paper, it will not be considered further for publication. 

  •  If plagiarism/fake identity  is suspected or detected in research paper after its publication, the research paper will be removed from website till completion of verification.

Peer review process


Full paper submission by the author 

Authors submit their full papers, prepared in accordance with GEOLINKS Submission guidelines

Reviewers of the manuscript are being assigned

Authors of the paper are getting removed 

Evaluation submission

Submission of the paper for evaluation to the assigned two members of the GEOLINKS Review board and Scientific Committee. Their identity is kept anonymous (for the purpose of anonymous evaluation), except for those, who are willing to disclose their identity

Reviewers are commenting on the structure and quality of the paper, focusing on: 

  • if the article makes an academic contribution 

  • whether there are gaps in the full paper

  • the empirical research or the secondary data and whether the theoretical-conceptual discussions of the topic are up-to-date

  • The reviewers must evaluate if the paper has vital and full conclusions based on the Data and the results in the report


Additional evaluation

The editorial office decides if review from additional experts is needed or the review report is sufficient for a decision. Suggested reviewers by the author are also acceptable by e-mail to GEOLINKS Publishing department.

Paper acceptance

After a positive evaluation of the submitted full paper, the manuscript goes for pre-print and inclusion in the GEOLINKS Conference proceedings