Review Process & Guidelines
The review process is managed through Editorial Express. Incoming manuscripts are first reviewed by the editorial team. Work that is determined to exhibit plagiarism or problems such as extensive structural or linguistic issues that prevent the clear communication of scholarly contribution may be returned at this time.
Then, manuscripts are sent out for blind peer review. Reviewers are asked to evaluate each manuscript along several dimensions, including:
- Degree to which the work advances the field
- Strength of connection to theory
- Soundness of methods and analysis
- Organization and presentation
Review is intended to improve scholarship by providing constructive criticism to authors. Reviewers and editorial staff are expected to adhere to the guidelines established by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Reviewers should:
- Identify any conflicts of interest and recuse themselves in such cases.
- Respect the confidentiality of blind peer review.
- Be objective and constructive.
- Return reviews and recommendations in a timely manner.
- Address the substance of the scholarship.
Reviewer comments and recommendations assist the editorial team in rendering decisions on submitted manuscripts. Multiple rounds of review may be necessary before a final decision can be made; an offer to revise does not constitute an agreement to publish.
Accepted work will be published in the journal and will be distributed to our subscribing academic databases for distribution. Please note that no work can be published until all credited authors have completed copyright release contracts. Please also note that this contract gives authors the right to upload their article in their personal and their institution’s scholarly archives, though no commercial gain can result from reproduction in such archives.