Peer Review Policy Statement
The practice of peer review is to ensure that good scholarly work is published. It is an objective process at the heart of good scholarly publishing and is standard practice at all reputable journals. Our editorial team together with referees therefore play a vital role in maintaining the high standards of multi-discipline research and all manuscripts are peer reviewed following the procedure outlined below:
Initial Manuscript Evaluation
The Associate Editor first evaluates the manuscript for ‘fit’ and ‘compliance’ to the journal’s objectives and publication standards. Those rejected at this stage are insufficiently original, have serious scientific flaws, have poor grammar or English language, or are outside the aims and scope of the journal. Authors of manuscripts rejected at this stage are usually informed within 10 days of submission. Papers which are deemed viable but have poor English, grammatical or formatting errors at this stage may be forwarded to third party academic support entities to assist authors to meet our publication standards. The journal is committed to equal opportunity.
Peer Review Processing
The journal manages papers by way of discipline area. The Associate Editor filters papers according to the respective discipline. The journal considers papers from the discipline areas such as Social Sciences (that includes psychology, sociology, communication studies, political science, economics, rural and urban studies, anthropology, Asian studies, social psychology, cultural studies, educational psychology, social work, rehabilitation, special education, management studies,) and humanities (that includes language and linguistics, literature, history, arts and design, theater and performing studies).
Those papers that meet the minimum criteria are passed on to at least 2 experts for review; these may include members of the Editorial Board. Reviewers are asked to complete a proforma and to indicate reviews that may be required of the paper for publication. This journal employs double blind reviewing, where the referees remain anonymous to authors throughout the process. The journal manages papers in discipline areas. Each discipline area has a committee to oversight the process. Referees are matched to papers according to their expertise and recent reviewing history. Referees are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is original, is methodologically sound, follows appropriate ethical guidelines, has results which are clearly presented and support the conclusions and has correctly referenced previous relevant work. A standard report template is used. Typically, manuscripts are reviewed within 4-8 weeks of submission but substantially longer review times are not uncommon. Referees may and frequently do request more than one revision of a manuscript.
A final decision to accept or reject the manuscript is made by the Editor, acting on advice from the committee. An acceptance notification is sent to the author: recommendations made by the referees, and usually included verbatim comments by the referees. The journal may refer the author and their paper to a third part academic support service to assist them in revising their paper especially if the major issue is English language/ writing / academic conventions. Referees advise the Editor, who is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article.