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Review Process

All manuscripts are peer-reviewed following the procedure outlined below.

Initial manuscript evaluation:
After the manuscript is submitted via e-mail, one of Editors in Chief send an acknowledgment of receipt and a manuscript reference number to the corresponding author by e-mail. The Editor in Chief assigns an appropriate handling editor (Subject Editor), based on the manuscript contents. In this stage, the manuscript is subjected to initial evaluation and if serious problems, such as lack of originality, serious scientific flaws and poor English, are found, it may be rejected by the Editors.

Peer review process:
The Subject Editor will send the manuscript to at least two (2) experts for review. We welcome suggestions for up to five potential reviewers (with name, affiliation and e-mail address) from the author, but the Subject Editors are free to include those potential reviewers for their choice of reviewers (Your recommendations may or may not be used).
The reviewers will make a scientific assessment and recommendation to the Subject Editor based on following review criteria.

Review criteria
* Originality and significance
* Profitable and appropriate topic to readers of the Journal
* Methodological correctness
* Accuracy of statistical application in experiments and results
* Results are clearly presented and support the conclusions
* Correctly referenced previous relevant works
* Follows the Instructions for Authors

Final decision:
The Subject Editor will make a final decision on the manuscript. We try to complete the review within two month, but it depends on situations of the Editors and reviewers. It will be either accepted, accepted with revision, or rejected. The Editor in Chief will send the review result (final decision) to the corresponding author along with comments and suggestions made by the Subject Editor and reviewers.

Revision of manuscript:
Revised manuscripts must be returned to the Plant Root Editorial Board (Editor2022@plantroot.org) within 60 days. A revised manuscript received after this period mayl be considered as a new submission.