JNRD is committed to peer-review integrity and upholding the highest standards of review based on a single blind review process, where the author does not know who the reviewers are.  The peer review process is applied to all submissions.

All contributions will be initially assessed by the Editors in Chief regarding its suitability for the journal. Appropriate manuscripts will be sent to a JNRD Co-Editor who is responsible for the review process and looks for at least one independent expert reviewer. At least two persons need to review the manuscript; either two external reviewers or one external reviewer and the co-editor her-/himself. Once the review process is concluded, Co-Editor and Editor in Chief will jointly take the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles.

Each submitted manuscript will undergo a single blind peer review process that evaluates the submission based on the following criteria:

  • the originality of its contribution;
  • the soundness of its methodology;
  • the coherence of its analysis;
  • its fit with the journal’s scope;
  • its ability to communicate to readers (storyline, grammar and style).

We aim for a turn-around time of 2-6 months from submission to online publication.

For authors who are requested by reviewers or editors to revise and resubmit their article it is mandatory to resubmit the article together with a documentation of the changes made according to the recommendations of reviewers or editors and to explain these changes. This statement will be provided to the reviewer together with the resubmitted article. Review results will be made available to the authors anonymously.

Decisions on the acceptance of papers, revision of contributions, additional reviews or re-reviews and copy editing are made by the Co-Editors in agreement with the Editors in Chief.




Here are some indispensable questions a reviewer has to make to him/herself once he/she gets and accepts a new original manuscript:

  1. Does the paper address relevant scientific questions within the scope of the journal?
  2. Does the paper present original concepts, ideas, tools, or data?
  3. Are substantial conclusions reached?
  4. Are the scientific methods and assumptions valid and clearly outlined?
  5. Are the results sufficient to support the interpretations and conclusions?
  6. Is the description of experiments and calculations sufficiently complete and precise to allow their reproduction by fellow scientists (traceability of results)?
  7. Do the authors give proper credit to related work and clearly indicate their own new/original contribution?
  8. Does the title clearly reflect the contents of the paper?
  9. Does the abstract provide a concise and complete summary?
  10. Is the overall presentation well structured and clear?
  11. Is the language fluent and precise?
  12. Are mathematical formulae, symbols, abbreviations, and units correctly defined and used?
  13. Should any parts of the paper (text, formulae, figures, tables) be clarified, reduced, combined, or eliminated?
  14. Are the number and quality of references appropriate?
  15. Is the amount and quality of supplementary material appropriate?




Continuous Publication Model

Our journal operates under a continuous publication model; all articles accepted for publication are published once the review and layout process is finalized.

These articles are published as part of an Annual Volume, with its own Table of Contents, published on December of each year.




Publishing in the Journal of Natural Resources and Development is free of charge.




Journal of Natural Resources and Development is licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License




All articles published by JNRD are made immediately available worldwide under an open access license in line with the open access definition of DOJA. This means:

  • everyone has free of charge, immediate and unlimited access to the full-text of all articles published by JNRD;
  • everyone is free to re-use the published material if proper accreditation/citation of the original publication is given.