Peer-Review Process

Primary Review

The Managing Editor and possibly an Associate Editor will first evaluate whether a manuscript has sufficient merit to send to reviewers for further review. If not, the paper will be returned to the authors with an explanation of the editors’ reasoning.

Timeline: Two Weeks

Detailed Internal Review

If a manuscript passes the initial screening, the Managing Editor will recruit reviewers from the current faculty members of Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, to assess the merits of the manuscript. Upon the receipt of the reviews, the Associate Editor will provide a recommendation to the Managing Editor who will finally decide whether the paper should be sent for external review (if accepted by internal reviewers), or send to authors for modification (accepted with conditions by internal reviewers) or not (if the paper is rejected by internal reviewers).

Timeline: Three Weeks

Detailed External Review

If a manuscript passes the internal review, the Managing Editor will recruit reviewers from the current editorial advisory council to assess the merits of the manuscript. Upon the receipt of the reviews, the Associate Editor will provide a recommendation to the Managing Editor who will finally decide whether the paper should be accepted or rejected.

Timeline: Four Weeks

Decision

Notification

E-mail notification will be sent to the corresponding author, announcing that a decision has been made. The possible decisions are Reject, Major Revision, Minor Revision, and Accept.

Revisions

Revisions, if suggested, have to be done within a given time. Manuscript that is not revised within one year may be reclassified as "withdrawn," and revisions submitted after the one-year mark may be treated as new submissions. All revisions should be accompanied by a separate "Response to Reviewers" document, which provides a summary of the major changes made to the document and a point-by-point description of whether and how the issues raised by the reviewers and editors have been addressed.

Rejection

As a rule, Journals do not invite resubmissions of rejected manuscripts. If a submitted manuscript is based on a paper previously rejected by Journals, it is the responsibility of the author(s) to reveal this and to state clearly why resubmission is justified. Failure to do this may be grounds for rejection.

After Acceptance: Final Submission

If the paper is conditionally accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be requested to submit the final version of the manuscript in a Word format.