Once a manuscript has completed the initial screening process, it is edited in three stages. Initially, the article is assigned to an executive editor, who, along with the editor-in-chief, serves as a contact person for the author. The executive editor reads the manuscript and may propose substantive, structural, and stylistic changes. If necessary, the manuscript then is returned to the author for his or her review and changes.
Next, the process of cite checking begins. In cite checking, staff editors examine the manuscript to ensure that all citations are accurate and complete, and that they properly support the textual propositions. These editors also indicate if and where additional documentation is needed. The executive editor then evaluates the work of the cite checkers and examines the body of the article for the purpose of enhancing both style and substance. Any changes affecting the substance or structure of the article will be brought to the attention of the author. When appropriate, stylistic and technical corrections also will be brought to the author’s attention. Further requests for sources and documentation also may be made.
Finally, after the author approves the editorial revisions and any necessary additional documentation has been provided, the edited manuscript will be put into first page proofs. ALR will send the author a copy of his or her page proofs for final review. All changes from this point forward will be technical in nature and will be the responsibility of the editors.