Guidelines For Editors
Below are some guidelines for editors, based on COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.
- Once the manuscript number is allotted, Editor-in-Chief will invite the Editor based on the expertise with the submitted manuscript.
- After assignment of the Editor for a manuscript having manuscript number 48 hrs will be provided to the assigned Editor to take up the assignment else the assignment will be passed to other Editorial Board member bearing the relevant expertise.
- Editors should ensure that appropriate reviewers are selected for submissions (i.e. individuals who are able to judge the work and are free from disqualifying competing interests). Editors should ideally choose at least two reviewers to provide a report under the guidance of Editor-in-Chief.
- To be accepted any manuscript is required to have positive comments from the reviewers. Assigned reviewers are responsible to scrutinize a manuscript technically and check the organization of the manuscript properly depending on the article type. Reviewer’s comments should be brief to the point and clearly understandable by the Editors and Authors.
- Comments provided by the reviewers should convey their final decision within the following types: 1.Acceptance, 2. Minor revision, 3. Major revision and 4. Rejection.
- Once the review comments and decision of the reviewers on the manuscript is received by the Editorial Office, the assigned Editor will be notified for further decision on the article as the required reviews are completed.
- Editors’ recommendation to accept or reject a paper for publication should be based on the peer reviews and their own view on the paper’s importance, originality and clarity, the study’s validity and its relevance to the remit of the journal.
- Journal editors may reject a submitted manuscript without resort to formal peer review if they consider the manuscript to be inappropriate for the journal and outside its scope.
- Editor’s decision is final, reviewers or authors are not entitled to raise any question after the final decision. If assigned Editor decides to send the article for revision, it will be forwarded to the authors for revision and authors are liable to send back the revised manuscript to the Editorial Office within the stipulated time provided.
- Once the revised manuscript received it will be further inspected in relation to the incorporation of the specified points and the assigned Editor may provide the decision or send back to the reviewer once more depending on the comparative status and enrichment of the manuscript. In every step of processing Editor-in-Chief is having the right to interfere and take the final decision even after the decision taken by the assigned Editor. A fast track review process will be followed to complete all these process within a tightly bound time limit.
- The initial term for an Editorial Board membership is two years and can be renewed. An Editorial Board member may also step down from the position at any time if he or she feels overloaded by the requests from the journal’s Editorial Office.