Peer Review Policy

What is Peer Review

Reviewers play a central role in scholarly publishing, it the process of evaluating a scientific, academic, or professional work by others in the same field. It validates and improve quality of manuscript before it is published.

ABJ mainly uses double-blind review, which means both the reviewer and the author are anonymous to each other.

Peer Review Process

Your manuscript will be initial screened by a Section Editor of the Journal, it is then sent for peer-review to two expertise in your field for comments and constructive advice to enable the author(s) improve the manuscript and later approved by the journal’s Editor-in-Chief.

The Editor/Associate Editor (who are expertise in your field) will evaluate the manuscript for scope, quality, originality, accuracy of results, validity of methodology, interest for the readership, etc.

When the required number of reviews have been received (usually two) the Section Editor will consider the experts’ opinions and communicate the review comments to authors(s).

If the decision is for revision, the author(s) will be required to review comments and revise their manuscript.

When submitting the revision, the author(s) must ensure their response and revised manuscript correctly addresses all reviewers’ comments.

The revised manuscript will be re-evaluated by the original handling section editor, who will either make an immediate decision or send the manuscript for further peer review prior to making a decision.

Peer Review Time Frame

We offer fast publication while providing rigorous peer review to ensure highest quality of research is published. We offer fast turnaround times and have an in-house team who can make things happen quickly, so you get the flexibility and speed to market what you want.

While we aim to complete the peer review process as quickly as possible, editors agree to ensure that reviewer comments are properly assessed and interpreted in the context of their declared conflicts of interest.

Acceptance Letter and Review Results are made available to the authors(s) within 1 week.

Why Peer Review

  • More robust: peer reviewers may point out gaps in a paper that require more explanation or additional experiments.

  • Easier to read: if parts of your paper are difficult to understand, reviewers can suggest changes.

  • More useful: peer reviewers also consider the importance of your paper to others in your field.

Publishing Ethics

Ethical standards for publication exist to ensure high-quality scientific publications in scientific findings, and that people receive credit for their work and ideas.

We are committed to the highest standards of peer review. Our Dedicated Editorial Board members follow COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers as well as Publication Integrity.

Authorship

Authorship provides credit for a researcher’s contributions to a study and carries accountability.

  • Each author is expected to have made substantial contributions to either; conception, design of the work, acquisition/analysis of data, creation of software used in the work, substantively revised it.

  • Each author is expected to have approved the submitted version and modified version, if applicable.

  • All authors are expected to have agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Corresponding Author

Corresponding authors are responsible for ensuring that all listed authors have approved the manuscript before submission and acts on behalf of all co-authors to manage all communications between the Journal editor and ensures that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately addressed.

This responsibility includes but is not limited to

  • Ensuring that original data/ figures/materials are submitted following best practices in the field so that they are retrievable for reanalysis

  • Foreseeing and minimizing obstacles to the sharing of data/figures/materials described in the work.

Changes to Authorship

Authors are strongly advised to ensure the correct author group, the Corresponding Author, and the order of authors at submission. Changes of authorship by adding or deleting authors, and/or changes in Corresponding Author, and/or changes in the sequence of authors are not accepted after publication of a manuscript.

Please NOTE that author names will be published exactly as they appear on the accepted submission!

Duplicate Submission

We encourage original contributions in Applied Research, Critical Reviews, Empirical Papers, Case Studies, Analytical Papers, Review Papers, Survey Papers, Previously Published Papers in Conferences, Dissertation Chapters, Thesis Publication (MBA / M.Sc / Ph.D) etc.

We encourage original contributions, i.e. articles that have not been previously published. Articles on a preprint server, institutional repository, or in a thesis will be considered.

Manuscripts submitted must not be submitted elsewhere while under consideration.

Fabrication and Falsification

The authors of submitted manuscripts or published articles that are found to have fabricated or falsified the results, may incur sanctions by retraction of the published articles.