Review Process

Review Process

The time allocated to process the manuscript from initial evaluation until accepted for publication is 8 to 16 weeks.

Initial evaluation

All submitted manuscripts are read and evaluated by the editor firstly at a maximum of 2 weeks. Rejected at this stage will happen due to insufficiently original, have serious scientific flaws, or are outside the scope. The editors also do a plagiarism check at the same time. We use Turnitin's originality checking software as the tool in detecting similarities of texts in manuscripts and the final version ready for publication.  A maximum of 25% of similarities is allowed. If we find more than 25% of the similarity index, we will give one opportunity to author correcting the manuscript and then we can decide to reject or not, it depends on the improvement made by author.

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

Peer review

Editor will contact selected reviewers by email based on the title and abstract of the submission, as well as 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. Editor provides and send to reviewers some materials including review form. In conducting the review, reviewers are presented with two open text boxes, the first "for author and editor," and the second "for the editor."

Reviewers are asked to evaluate the manuscript, particularly:

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

Based on the reviewers recommendation, editor make a decision: accepted as is, require minor or major revisions or rejected. The Chief Editor has a right to decide 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 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.