Editorial Workflow

VITIS does not charge a fee, neither for accessing nor for publishing journal articles.

1. Electronic Submission

To facilitate rapid publication and minimize administrative costs, submissions are only accepted through the online tracking system. Please make sure to check not only the box ‘reader’ but also the box ‘author’ on the online registration form. If you are unable to access the submission start page after your initial submission please go back to your profile page and check the ‘author’ box or contact vitis@julius-kuehn.de for further assistance.

Submissions by anyone else but one of the authors will not be accepted. The submitting author takes responsibility for the manuscript during submission and the peer-review process. The submission form allows submitting of a short note to the editor. This field may also be used to suggest potential reviewers. Full names, affiliations and email addresses of potential reviewers are to be included. Co-workers employed by the same institution as the submitting author should not be named. Please list the names of all authors in the same order they appear on the manuscript and mark yourself as principal contact for editorial correspondence during entering the metadata for your manuscript. More authors can be added by clicking the ‘add author’ button. A valid email address has to be entered for each author. These addresses will not be published online but need to be archived together with the manuscript. The co-authors will be contacted when the final article is published online and in case questions regarding the scientific integrity of the manuscript arise. Only substantial contributors to the manuscript or the science presented therein should be named as authors. If problems occur during the online submission, the author can contact vitis@julius-kuehn.de for technical support.

The submissing author will be asked to agree to the following terms on behalf of all co-authors:

  • You retain ownership of all rights under copyright in all versions of the article. You hereby grant a Creative Commons copyright license in the article to the general public, in particular a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
  • To the extent that any edits made by the publisher to make the article suitable for publication in the journal amount to copyrightable works of authorship, the publisher hereby assigns all right, title, and interest in such edits to you. The publisher agrees to verify with you any such edits that are substantive. You agree that the license of the first item covers such edits.
  • You warrant that the article is original, has not been formally published in any other peer-reviewed journal or in a book or edited collection, and is not under consideration for any such publication.

  • You warrant that the article does not libel anyone, invade anyone’s copyright or otherwise violate any statutory or common law right of anyone, and that you have made all reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy of any factual information contained in the article. You agree to indemnify the publisher against any claim or action alleging facts which, if true, constitute a breach of any of the foregoing warranties or other provisions of this agreement, as well as against any related damages, losses, liabilities, and expenses incurred by the publisher.

  • You warrant that You are the sole author(s) of the article, and that you have a complete and unencumbered right to make the grants you make.

2. Processing Steps

The submitting author can track the processing stage and the date of the last changes of their manuscript online. These stages are:

Unassigned - no editor was assigned yet
In review - an editor is assigned and carries out the initial editorial review, invitation of external reviewers, waiting for reviews to arrive, decision making on the manuscript, awaiting a revised version from the authors
In editing - payment of the publication fee is underway, typesetting, proofreading, finalizing the PDF, registration of the DOI, online publication
Archived - the manuscript is either rejected or published and not longer in progress

3. Revisions

Revisions should be completed within six months if the editor decides that a revision of a manuscript is required. After this period, the author will be reminded once and after an additional week, the original submission will be declined and archived. Therefore, please inform the responsible editor ahead of time or reply to the reminder email if more time is needed to carry out additional experiments.

Corrected proofs must be returned to the layout editor within 5 business days of receipt. The publisher will do everything possible to ensure prompt publication. Therefore, it is important that the manuscript and figures comply with the journal's guidelines for formatting and style.