Description of Peer Review Process

The peer review process is pivotal in academic publishing that makes sure the quality, authenticity and appropriateness of the articles before publication in the journal. Here follows the modus operandi of how we go about it.

The first step is the submission of the manuscript by the authors with a requisition for publication. The manuscript consists of research findings, methodology, data analysis, result analysis and conclusion. Next comes the assessment of the manuscript by the editorial board. The editor-in-chief or handling editor analyses the suitability of the manuscript. The alignment of the manuscript, the manuscript’s appropriateness for the journal publication, the creativity of the authors, the significance of the research topic and the ethical guidelines are under the scanner by the editorial board.

In the next step, the manuscripts are assigned to peer reviewers to evaluate the quality parameters of the paper. The peer reviewers are experts in the field concerned with vast experience and enormous knowledge in the subject taken for research publication.

The peer reviewers are allowed to give their suggestions for the improvement of the quality found in the manuscript. The manuscripts are read by the reviewer’s word by word. After careful reading, they evaluate various aspects of the manuscript the relevance of the research topic, novelty, aim and objectives, the methodology adopted, presentation quality, adherence to the ethical standards and the interpretation of the results.

Keeping in view of the peer reviewers’ comments and suggestions, the editor-in-chief may either accept the manuscript with or without any modification or accept the manuscript with minor or major revisions or reject the manuscript due to the sub-standard of the manuscript. In case of revision, the authors revise and resubmit the manuscript to the journal for further scrutiny and the subsequent publication, if the revision is found satisfactory. However, the Editor-in-chief evaluates the paper and makes the final decision.

Manuscripts accepted for publication are copy-edited for grammar, punctuation, print style, and format. Page proofs are sent to the corresponding author. The corresponding author is expected to return the corrected proofs within two days. It may not be possible to incorporate corrections received after that period. The whole process, from submission of the manuscript to the final decision and sending and receiving proofs is completed online.