The act of peer-review ensures that only quality content is published. Each manuscript goes through the below mentioned process.
Our policy follows both single-blind and double bind reviewing method depending on the topic of the paper and the availability of the referees.
The Editor initially assesses all manuscripts. Papers are not accepted at this stage but those who are rejected may lack originality, have serious scientific shortcomings or out of the scope of the journal. If these basic requirements are met, the editor then passes it to usually 3 but at least 2 experts for review.
They are selected for the paper on the basis of their field of specialisation. Our reviewer board consists of a wide range of experts. In case, when we are unable to find a second expert for the paper, we request the author to suggest the second referee. The referee analyses the paper and points out any mistakes and scientific errors. His report is then taken into consideration by the Editor.
Referees are asked to evaluate the following aspects of manuscript: –
- Originality and methodology.
- Adherence to the ethical guidelines.
- Presentation of results and conclusions.
- Correct references of any previous relevant work that might have been cited in the manuscript.
- They are not obliged to make any language corrections but may suggest them.
In case the reports by the referees contradict each other, help from a third expert will be sought.
FINAL REPORT & EDITOR’S DECISION
|Accepted||Approved by the Editor. No major changes or further modifications are required. The article will be published after copy editing and proof reading.|
|Rejected||Not approved by the Editor. The article is rendered unfit for publication.|
|Revision needed||The article will be sent back to the author for making the suggested and required amendments. The revised paper will be rechecked by the initial reviewers as a second round of review after which it may be accepted or rejected by the author.|
The report of the referees and the editor’s decision after the peer-review process will be sent to the author. Authors are required to consider the proposed changes or errors and make the necessary amendments. Revised manuscripts might be returned to the initial referees (if the manuscripts had required major revisions) who will the carry out the second round of review. Sometimes, if the paper is of very high quality or the topic is exceptionally interesting, a third round of review can be conducted on the editor’s decision.
The final decision, regarding the fate of the paper, is always taken by the editor whereas the referees only advise the editor with their expert opinion. The decision about the acceptance or rejection of the manuscript is sent to the author at this stage, when the peer-review is completed.
HOW LONG DOES THE REVIEW PROCESS TAKE?
|1 week||Selection of the appropriate reviewers|
|2 weeks*||To carry out the peer-review process|
|1 month||Time allotted to authors for submitting the revised version of their articles (in case the article needs revision)|
|1 week||Finalisation and publication of the manuscript.|
*this is not a definite time period since time required for the review process is dependent on the responses of the referees.