Peer Review Process

Review Process

The time allocated to process the manuscript from initial evaluation until accepted for publication is 8 to 12 weeks.

Initial evaluation

All submitted manuscripts are read and evaluated by the editor for two weeks. Rejected at this stage will happen due to insufficient originality, serious scientific flaws, or being outside the scope. The editors also do a plagiarism check at the same time. We use Turnitin's originality checking software to detect similarities of texts in manuscripts and the final version ready for publication.  A maximum of 20% of similarities is allowed. If we find more than 20% of the similarity index, we will give one opportunity to the author to correct the manuscript, and then we can decide to reject it or not; it depends on the improvement made by the author.

Manuscripts considered novelty are sent to at least two reviewers who are experts in that field.

Peer review

The editor will contact selected reviewers by email based on the title and abstract of the submission and an invitation to log into the journal website. The time allocated to review is 4 to 8 weeks. Reviewers will have access to the submission file only after agreeing to review. The editor provides and sends reviewers some materials, including a review form. Reviewers are presented with two open text boxes in the review, the first "for author and editor" and the second "for the editor."

Reviewers are asked to evaluate the manuscript, mainly:

  • original by stating the objectives and gap clearly
  • methodologically sound
  • results/findings which are presented and support the conclusions
  • Correctly references previous relevant work.

Based on the reviewer's recommendation, the editor decides: accepted as is, requires minor or major revisions, or rejected. The Chief Editor has a right to determine which manuscript can be published in this journal.

One manuscript is rejected due to various considerations, including:
1. The fundamental methodological errors

2. The author refuses to improve the manuscript according to suggestions provided by the reviewer without a logical basis.

Galley proof

A galley proof is sent to the corresponding author. Galley proof should be verified against the manuscript, and appropriate corrections should be made within a stipulated time. Substantial changes in a manuscript after typesetting require editorial approval and, in some cases, may be subject to re-reviewing of the said manuscript.