First, the work is checked to ensure that it meets the criteria for publication and the general aims of the Rivista di Psicoanalisi.
All scripts which satisfy this condition of appropriateness are sent for peer-review.
The process of peer-review of work sent to the Rivista is undertaken by three readers. Each reader works anonymously, not knowing the name of the author or the names of the other readers. The same condition of anonymity obviously applies to the author, who does not know the identity of the readers assigned for the process of peer-review.
The readers draw up a written opinion which consists of two parts.
1) A summary format of the main features to be analysed in evaluating the work.
2) A detailed opinion composed according to the guidelines set out by the editors of the Rivista di Psicoanalisi. (See Notes for readers)
The readers, selected on the basis of their specific competence in relation to the topic addressed by the work being submitted to peer-review, are chosen in part from within the Reading Committee, which is renewed every four years, and in part by calling on expert colleagues who must belong to the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA).
The readers are asked to provide their opinion within the month following their receipt of the work to be evaluated.
At the end of the peer-review process, the Editor of the Rivista sends the author a response based on the opinions received, together with the complete text of these.
The conclusions of the peer-review process may be:
The work is accepted without modifications
The work is accepted with small-scale modifications
Substantial modifications needed
Where there is a request for changes (whether small-scale or substantial) the author may re-submit the work, which will be sent to the same readers. In the revised work, the author must highlight any changes to the text and accompany it with a letter explaining which modifications he/she has inserted and which suggestions he/she has instead decided not to accept, with the reasons for this decision.