Peer Review Policy
The review policy of JOB is an integral part of the publishing process of the scholarly submissions made. All papers published in JOB undergo a double-blind peer-review process by which experts in the relevant field of the paper review and give comments to authors regarding the suitability of the paper for publication. The objective is to ensure the academic quality and rigor of the publication process.
Double-Blind Review Policy
All papers submitted to JOB undergo various steps of a rigorous double-blind review process by which both reviewer’s and author’s identity is not disclosed to each other in order to ensure independent review and avoid any potential conflict of interests.
Duration of Review and Publication
In order to meet the growing requirements of the authors for an efficient review and publication, the journal has taken appropriate measures to speed up the process yet without compromising the quality of the publication. The first step is desk review whereby a paper is screened by the chief editor/editor himself and/or assigned to the editorial board. This normally takes 15-20 days after submission of the paper in order to check the similarity score, and appropriateness of the study with journal scope and objectives. Email is sent to the corresponding author regarding the decision of this initial screening usually within a month. After a paper goes through initial screening successfully, the paper undergoes a review process by the peers, in the second step, by which it is sent to two reviewers who are experienced academics in the area of research the paper focuses on. These reviewers make comments on originality, contribution, appropriateness of flow of discussion, and references cited in the study. After this step, review reports are sent to all authors of the paper with a letter of acceptance conditioned to fulfillment of revisions in due time or rejection/excuse. This step usually takes another 30-45 days. The third step is about sending a revised copy to the copy editors who look at proofreading and editing the paper and their report is sent to the corresponding author as well. Authors are requested to submit the proofread and edited copy of the paper within 1-3 weeks after which the paper is sent for production. A print copy is sent to the corresponding author on request after publication. The journal has introduced an early online production system by which the advance copy of the paper is published and available online before the hard copy publication.
Editorial Role in the Review Process and Conflict of Interest Policy
In order to maintain the rigor and independence of the review process, the papers are sent to well-established scholars in the relevant field. The reviewers are different from the editorial board members. The role of editorial board members is to recommend the potential reviewers for the papers and manage the review process assigned by the managing editor.
In order to avoid conflict of interest, when papers are received from any of the editorial members, the chief editor assigns such papers to the alternate editorial members to manage the review and publication process in order to maintain independence and neutrality.