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Once your manuscript is submitted through the online-form, the editor-in-chief assesses whether your submission has been drafted according to the author’s guidelines. In particular, your text is checked for: (i) plagiarism, (ii) English language level, (iii) use of jargon, and (iv) length. If the text does not meet the minimal requirements, the editor-in-chief contacts you as soon as possible to explain the decision. Where possible, the editor-in-chief recommends where/how to improve your manuscript for an eventual re-submission.


Manuscripts accepted for further revision are handed in to the managing editor, a senior scientist with a breadth of expertise on the subject of your submission. The managing editor reads your submission, reads the original article described in the submission, and discusses the manuscript again with the editor-in-chief. The managing editor takes in the inputs received and assigns the manuscript to a review operations editor, thereby initiating the process of “lay-peer-editing”.

The process of “lay-peer-editing” is a distinguished feature of TheScienceBreaker. Review operations editors, internal members of TheScienceBreaker’s team, are young scientists from the International PhD Program in Life Sciences of the University of Geneva. This policy has the specific aim of allowing PhD students to perform, side-by-side to their school/research obligations, a science communication training, and first-hand editorial experience. Science communication specialists closely follow up review operations editors so that they may deliver a high-quality lay-editing of your material.

Before starting the revision, the review operations editor will contact you, introducing him/herself and confirming the “take in charge” of your submission. Once the revision is completed, it is sent back to the managing editor who discusses the editing with the review operations editor. The review operations editor takes in any eventual input, and finally sends back the revision to you with any recommendation and suggested editing. This first revision is handed back to you in an average time-frame of 30 days from the assignment to the managing editor. Your review operations editor will then assist you in the process of refining your manuscript until you will agree to a final draft of your manuscript.


The final draft of your manuscript is handed in to the managing editor that will have a final discussion with the editor-in-chief to assure that the manuscript complies with TheScienceBreaker’s publishing standards. If necessary, any additional input is suggested to the review operations editor, otherwise, the manuscript is set on the pipeline for the publication online.

In order to facilitate the engagement with your piece by our readership, your review operations editor will draft a short description (one-two sentences) of the manuscript. This short description is sent to you together with the final decision. Ahead of publication online you may suggest any eventual correction.

When notified with the final decision, you will be asked to provide any Twitter reference (yours or from your lab/institution) that will help our community management editors to disseminate your published material to a broader audience.


  • FREE. Being a non-profit organization, we don’t apply any Article Processing Charges (APC). Also we don’t apply any marketing model to your published manuscript that is published under Creative Common License (see below).
  • TRANSPARENT. The whole process of revision is transparent - the name of the review operations editor will be known to you since the beginning of the revision, allowing an open and interactive revision of your manuscript. The name of the review operations editor will be mentioned within your online publication.
  • DIGITAL OBJECT IDENTIFIER (DOI). Once your manuscript is published online, it receives its dedicated DOI (for more information on DOIs see https://www.doi.org/) that you can use to cite your publication. Furthermore, Altmetric tracks down the material published on TheScienceBreaker and you may, therefore, follow the interest fostered by your publication thanks to the Altmetric bookmarklet (learn how to use it here: https://www.altmetric.com/products/free-tools/bookmarklet/).
  • OPEN ACCESS. Being TheScienceBreaker an Open Access publisher, your manuscript is published under the license Common Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0).
  • DIALOGUE. Every published manuscript harbors a DISQUS comment interface at the bottom of the page, which allows the debate/discussion concerning your break to take place. In order to build a constructive dialogue about the original scientific article described, you are invited to follow the fostered debate and contribute to the maximum extent possible.