Manuscript Review

Editorial Procedures and Peer Review:

JIRMS follows rigorous, constructive, efficient, and transparent double-anonymized peer review. All manuscripts submitted for publication have gone through two approaches of review i.e.

  •  Internal and External Review

    Internal Review- the section editor with a magnifying glass ensures not only the scientific quality, clarity, and readability, but also the completeness of reporting, consistency of data presentation, and fair interpretation of the findings of the manuscript.

    External Review- Editors identify the relevant experts with scientific expertise to provide in-depth critique on the quality of the article and its research.  How appropriate and exacting was the research method?  Were the results presented in the best way possible?  Was the literature review thorough?  Does the article make a significant contribution to the scholarship in that field?  Does it meet the scope of this particular journal? There are many criteria for judgment!

    It is uncommon for a paper to be accepted for publication without changes-most papers are revised at least once in light of comments from reviewers and editors.

    Compliance by Author(s)- Once the peer review comments are submitted, the editor shares the peer review and section editor comments with the author to refine/update the manuscript accordingly. The journal requires the author(s) to highlight the changes in their revised manuscript, which implies this to reviewers.

    Endorsement of Refined Version by Peer Reviewers- The journal shares the refined version and the author's response to the original peer reviewer to endorse whether the author has incorporated the suggestions and recommendations or not.

  • Appeals and rebuttals:

    If you believe that your article has been rejected unfairly, please submit an appeal (rebuttal) letter via your Author login on the journal’s online submission system (OJS). Do not try to submit a revised version of your article at this stage. Appeals must be submitted within 15 days of the rejection decision.

    Appeals will only be considered if all specific points of the reviewers’ and editors’ comments are addressed in the rebuttal letter, and decisions will only be reversed if the editors are convinced that the decision was a serious mistake, or if the reviewers made errors of fact or showed evidence of bias. Appeals against editorial fit or the journal not being the right journal for the article are unlikely to be considered. If it is thought that the appeal is warranted, the article, reviewers’ comments, and the author’s response will be reviewed internally by the editorial team. The editor will decide whether to invite a resubmission, send it to another external reviewer, or uphold the original decision. In all cases, the editor’s decision is final.

    Can I appeal a decision on my manuscript and also transfer it to another journal?

    No, you can either appeal your decision or transfer your manuscript. You cannot do both as we do not allow papers to be under simultaneous consideration at more than one journal.

    If you do wish to appeal the original decision, however, and your appeal is rejected, we do not accept multiple requests to appeal so you may wish to consider transferring your manuscript to another journal after the appeal rejection.

  • English Correction
    • To facilitate proper peer-reviewing of your manuscript, it is essential that it is submitted in grammatically correct English.
    • To meet the HEC proofreading and editing standards, manuscripts will be checked twice; the first round will be made by the Grammarly premium version to detect spelling, punctuation, and grammar, and consistency of verb tenses, and the second, by the section editor of respective specialization to establish an appropriate professional scientific tone in writing to improve understandability and readability of the manuscripts.