Research papers can address theoretical (reviews, critical essays, etc.) and empirical issues (material-oriented articles in which the results of studies, text analyses, experiments, evaluations, meta-analyses, etc. are reported and discussed). The contributions must address the objective of the journal.
Reviews should be worded benevolently and offer the authors clear options for a potential revision of their contribution. In the case of a rejection, the shortcomings should be made explicit.
1. Relevance, actuality and originality/innovative quality
Is the relevance, actuality and originality/innovative quality of the contribution clearly and plausibly presented?
2. Quality of the theoretical background
Does the theoretical background correspond to the current state of research?
3. Suitability of the methodological approach and quality of implementation
Does the methodological procedure, the interpretation and the evaluation of the results meet current quality criteria?
4. Structural and argumentative coherence, formal correctness
Is the contribution clearly structured, does it meet the formal requirements, is the language correct (as far as can be judged on the basis of one's own language abilities)?
5. Further comments and global assessment