Acknowledgement of Manuscript Receipt
The Editor acknowledges the receipt of a manuscript by email within three working days. The manuscript is given a unique ID. The Editor forwards the manuscript to Associate Editor who reads and examines the manuscript for conformity to the Guidelines to Authors. The Editor may return the manuscript back for correction if it does not meet the criteria stipulated in the Guidelines for Authors. The Editor corresponds only with the corresponding author of a manuscript. If at any stage there is a change in the corresponding author this should be brought to the information of the Editor in writing.
The Editorial Coordinator contacts two reviewers to obtain their consent for the review of the manuscript. These reviewers are selected on the basis of their knowledge and experience in the subjected area included in the manuscript. They are provided with the title and abstract of the manuscript. The reviewers are finally approved by the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal. The reviewers are invited in confidence to give their assessment and recommendations on the suitability of the manuscript and provide comments for the author(s) and Editor. The identity of the author(s) is not disclosed to the reviewer and the manuscript is reviewed blindly by the reviewers. Similarly, the identity of the reviewers is also not disclosed to the authors without written permission from the reviewer. The review process usually takes two to four. However, in circumstances beyond the control of the Editor Coordinator, this time could be extended. The outcome of this round of review may be “Accept”, “Minor Revision”, “Major Revision” or “Rejection”. Two positive reviews are required to finally accept the paper. However, the final decision regarding the manuscript acceptance or rejection lies with the Editorial board of the Journal. The Editorial Coordinator will notify author(s) of the outcome of the peer-review process through e-mail. The Editorial Coordinator will also notify the author(s) of the date for the submission of final copy of a manuscript.
For a manuscript that receives a re-review decision, the Editorial Coordinator makes a final decision of “accept” or “decline” on the basis of a review of the revised version. This final decision will depend on how well the reviewer’s comments were addressed. The manuscript is returned to the author for further revisions if the editorial board thinks that the author(s) did not provide enough revisions to satisfy the Editor/reviewers.
If the revised manuscript contains new material that is erroneous or if it is of unacceptable quality then the manuscript may be declined. A manuscript that has been declined may not be resubmitted to the Journal unless it has been substantially revised and is treated as a new submission. The author(s) may also choose not to revise the manuscript and may notify the Editorial Coordinator to remove it from further consideration in the Journal. If a revised manuscript is not submitted for re-review within 30 days from the date when the decision letter was sent to the corresponding author the manuscript will be considered withdrawn from the journal.