Instructions for reviewers

Thanatos has the right to use the peer-review label of the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies (TSV). The label indicates that the peer-review has been performed in line with the quality and ethical criteria imposed by the academic community. Thanatos uses at least two external and independent reviewers for all aricles marked with the label. The review process is double-blind (both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa). Thanatos is fully open access and we do not charge any publishing fees.

Thanatos aims at promoting interdisciplinary dialogue within death studies. Authors should consider the interdisciplinary nature of the journal by using clear language and by avoiding speacialist words (all such words should be explained). The editorial board makes the final decision about publication after peer-review. Thanatos publishes in Finnish, Swedish, and English.

The review report (1-2 pages) should include one of the following recommendations: 1) publish as is, 2) publish with minor revisions, 3) publish with major revisions (with an indication whether external re-review is needed), 4) reject.

When writing the review, you may consider the following questions:

1. Is the article important for both Finnish and international audiences+
2. Does the article make an original contributions in the field of death studies?
3. Is the article structured in a clear manner? Is the argumentation sound? Is the language clear and understandable? Is the research material sufficient? Is the article theoretically rigorous enough?
4. Is the referencing sufficient and following good academic practices?

Please be as concrete as you can with the suggestions for revision. Please also indicate, whether the revisions are recommended or required. You may either mark/annotate the manuscript and attach your recommendation separately or write your suggestions for revisions with your recommendation without marking the original manuscript.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the editors-in-chief.