General Policies

Jökull journal receives many more submissions than it can publish. Therefore, we ask peer-reviewers to keep in mind that every paper that is accepted means that another good paper must be rejected. In general, to be acceptable, a paper should represent an advance in understanding likely to influence thinking in the field. There should be a discernible reason why the work deserves the visibility of publication in Jökull journal rather than the best of the specialist journals. Submitted papers must be in English, Icelandic or German and should not have been published elsewhere or being currently under consideration by any other journal.

Peer review policy-Review Process

All submitted manuscripts are read by the editorial staff to save time for authors and peer-reviewers, only those papers that seem most likely to meet our editorial criteria are sent for formal review. Those papers judged by the editors to be of insufficient general interest or otherwise inappropriate are rejected promptly without external review (although these decisions may be based on informal advices from specialists in the field).
Manuscripts judged to be of potential interest to our readership are sent for formal review, typically to two reviewers, but sometimes more if special advice is needed (for example on statistics or a particular technique). The editors then make a decision based on the reviewers' advice. The review process usually takes 2 weeks since submission time.