Policy

  1. All manuscripts submitted to the journal are subject to strict, internal editorial review and external double-blind peer review. All manuscripts are sent to the subject expert peer reviewers for their objective opinion on the quality of content, literature review, research methodology, discussion, arguments, and conclusion.
  2. All manuscripts are reviewed in fairness based on the intellectual content of the manuscript regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenry nor political values of the author(s).
  3. Any observed conflict of interest during the review process must be communicated to the Section-Editor.
  4. All information pertaining to the manuscript is kept confidential. Any information that may be the reason for the rejection of a manuscript must be communicated to the concerned Section-Editor only.

We are disclosing here review parameters so that authors can understand the review process and its efficiency.

Parameters (Proudly inspired by Elsevier journals review policies)

  1. Do the title and abstract cover key aspects of the work, would it spark interest to the right audience?
  2. Is the Introduction easy to follow for most readers of this particular journal? Does it cite the appropriate manuscripts? Does it provide a hypothesis or aim of the study?
  3. Does the Methods section provide enough details for the general reader to repeat the experiments?
  4. If the reviewer skips the Methods, does the Results section give the right amount of detail to understand the essential particulars of the experiments?
  5. Do the Results refer to the figures in a logical order? Do the numbers in the tables add up correctly? Are any figures/tables mislabeled or unclear?
  6. Given the data that was obtained in this study, did the authors perform all the logical analyses? Did they include the proper controls?
  7. Does the Discussion address the main findings, and does it give proper recognition to similar work in this field?
  8. In general, is the manuscript easy to follow and does it have a logical flow? Are there any language issues?
  9. Did the authors make all their data (e.g. sequence reads, code, questionnaires used) available for the readers?
  10. Is this manuscript novel and an advancement of the field, or have other people done very similar work?
  11. Does the manuscript raise any ethical concerns? Any suspicion of plagiarism (text or experiments), duplicated or tampered images, unethical animal experiments, or "dual use of research interest"?

Procedure

Each manuscript passes through following reviews and corrections after submission till the final publication, in various departments of editorial office:

  1. Internal Editorial Review: In the first step one section editor will evaluate the manuscript based on (i) Suitability with the aim and scope of the journal and (ii) Manuscript structure as mentioned at manuscript preparation guidelines. The authors are informed about the decision at this stage. [Within 3 to 4 weeks]
  2. External Peer Review: Manuscript that is accepted in step 1, is sent to two subject experts for formative comments and suggestions as per the review parameters and policy as mentioned above. If the manuscript did not quality this stage, the author will be informed about the decision by Section Editor. [Around 8-10 weeks]
  3. Revision advice to the author(s): Manuscript that is accepted in step 2, will receive (i) Language correction advise (ii) Peer-reviewed manuscript file (iii) Turnitin report (if it has issues) (iv) Journal template and (v) Editorial advice. The author should submit the revised version as per advice.
  4. Final acceptance: After we receive the revised manuscript, the section editor will evaluate the revised version, take the final decision, in consultation with Chief Editor, and communicate with the author. If necessary, authors may be asked to do re-revision to fit with the quality standards of the journal. [Around 3 to 4 weeks]
  5. In the final stage of publication, the author will again receive a blueprint of the final galley for proofreading. After this manuscript is published and authors are informed by e-mail. 

The overall process may take around 4 to 5 months depending upon the complexity of the manuscript, author revisions.

Feedback: We welcome the opinion of the authors, researchers, and readers and their feedback on our review policy. If you have any idea to improve this procedure, please contact us at editor@hssr.in