Peer Review Policy

Submission of Paper

The corresponding author can submit the research work for potential and prospective publication in Journal of Social Research Development via Online Journal System (OJS).

Editorial Office Assessment

Journal of Social Research Development editorial office checks the submitted manuscripts’ format and composition in line with the author's guidelines and scope of the journal. This stage of scrutiny does assess the quality of research.

Chief Editor’s Appraisal

The chief editor apprises whether the research work is original, has the potential of novelty, and is appropriately aligned with the journal’s scope. If the manuscript does fulfil the aforementioned criteria, it is liable to rejection at this stage without being considered for any further review.

Chief Editor’s Assignment to an Associate Editor

After appraising the manuscript, the chief editor assigns the task of further appraisal to the associate editors through desk review/editing.

Desk Review

The associate editor scrutinizes the manuscript in light of journal scope and contents requirements of Journal of Social Research Development and recommends the potential improvements in the manuscript.

Communicating Suggestions to Authors

The associate editor’s desk review suggestions for the potential revisions and improvements of the manuscript are shared with authors for incorporation. After these necessary incorporations, the manuscript is forwarded to the experts’ review phase.

Invitation to Reviewers

The associate editor invites potentials the reviewers within specialized fields for the manuscript review. The manuscript is sent out to the reviewers in light of the responses received from them. As per journal’s policy, manuscript is sent to two reviewers (one national & one international).

Review Conducted

The potential and expert reviewers spare ample time to read manuscript and this reflected from the way they highlight both the strengths and weaknesses of the research work. If they find major issues in manuscript, the reviewers have freedom either to completely reject it or suggest major revisions. The reviewers submit their reviews to journal’s editorial team with the recommendations of either to accept (with/out minor or major revisions) or reject.

Journal Evaluates the Reviews

The journal’s editorial team considers and scrutinize all the reviewers’ comments and decisions before reaching a final decision. In case of wider differences in the reviewers’ comments, the editor might invite an additional reviewer (if deemed appropriate) to get further opinions before making the final decision.

Decision Communication

The editor communicates the decision with the authors via an email containing the relevant reviewer’s comments and advises the authors to incorporate all the changes as per the reviewers’ suggestions.

Final Decision

After receiving the revised draft from authors, the editorial team ensures the incorporation of all the reviewers’ suggestions and if found satisfactory from all respects, the manuscript is sent to copyediting. After this process, manuscript is moved to the production phase as per the specified schedule for publication.