Peer Review Process

JOSEA has established guidelines for its peer-review process. Once an author submits a manuscript to the editor, it is logged in and checked to make sure that the manuscript is complete and has been prepared according to author submission guidelines and APA guidelines. A receipt of manuscript acknowledgement is sent to the author to let them know that their manuscript has been received by the editor. Each manuscript is then read by an editor to assess its suitability for the journal according to the mission, scope, and author guidelines. This step ensures that the content falls within the scope of the journal, the manuscript follows author and APA guidelines, and that it does not contain an unacceptable level of overlap with manuscripts that are already published. A manuscript could be rejected without additional review for one or more of the previous reasons, and the author will be notified.

If a manuscript is not rejected from the initial screening phase, it is then sent out for review to a minimum of one or two additional reviewer(s) who is experts within the subject matter of the article under review.

The journal employs a double-blind peer-review process where the author of the article is unknown to the reviewers and the reviewers of the article are unknown to the author.

The peer review is completed once the reviewers send their detailed report with comments on the manuscript and their recommendation to the editor. The editor then assesses them collectively, and then makes a decision of the following.

  • Accept it as is: the journal will publish the paper in its original form.
  • Accept with minor revisions: the journal will publish the paper and asks the author to make small corrections.
  • Accept with major revisions (conditional acceptance): the journal will publish the paper provided the authors make the changes suggested by the reviewers and/or editors.
  • Revise and resubmit: the journal is willing to reconsider the paper in another round of decision making after the authors make major changes.
  • Reject the paper: the journal will not publish the paper or reconsider it even if the authors make major revisions.

  • An outline of this process is seen in Figure 1.

    Peer Review Process Diagram

    Figure 1

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