1.Duties of Editors
Management & Economics Research Journal operates a rigorous Peer Review Process through double-blind peer review with at least two external reviewers, followed by a final acceptance/rejection decision by the Editor-in-Chief, or another academic editor approved by the Editor-in-Chief. To learn more about the responsibilities of the Editor-in-Chief, please visit the Duties of Editors section.
All submitted manuscripts received by the Editorial Office will be checked by a professional Editor to determine whether they are properly prepared and whether they follow the ethical policies of the journal. Manuscripts that do not fit the journal's ethics policy or do not meet the standards of the journal will be rejected before peer review.
After these checks, the Managing Editor will consult the journal’s Editor using Manuscript Readiness Level (MRL) to determine whether the manuscript fits the scope of the journal and whether it is scientifically sound. We will reject a manuscript without review if it contains insufficient content; is incorrectly formatted; is poorly presented and is unclear. Manuscripts that pass the initial assessment will be handled by Associate Editor to oversee the review process.
Once a manuscript passes the initial checks, the Editor-in-Chief or Associate Editor assigns at least two external reviewers for peer review. Please note that manuscripts submitted for publication to Management & Economics Research Journal are checked for plagiarism using iThenticate (a plagiarism detection service for the corporate market, from Turnitin, LLC) or Turnitin. A double-blind review is applied, where reviewers do not know the names of the authors, and the authors do not know who reviewed their manuscripts.
Acceptance decisions on manuscripts, after peer review, are made by an academic editor, either the Editor-in-Chief or a Guest Editor. Reviewers make recommendations, and Editor-in-Chief is free to disagree with their views. If they do so, they should justify their decision, for the benefit of the authors. When making an editorial decision, we expect that the academic editor checks the following:
- -The suitability of selected reviewers;
- -Adequacy of reviewer comments and author response;
- -Overall scientific quality of the manuscript.
The editor can select from: "acceptance without revision", "acceptance after minor revision", "reconsider after major Revisions", "rejection and encourage resubmission" and "rejection".
4.1.Acceptance without revision: These manuscripts are received and published as they are received.
4.2. Acceptance after Minor Revisions: The manuscript is in principle accepted after revision based on the reviewer’s comments. Authors are given five days for minor revisions.
4.3.Reconsider after Major Revisions: The acceptance of the manuscript would depend on the revisions. The author needs to provide a point-by-point response or provide a rebuttal if some of the reviewer’s comments cannot be revised. Usually, only one round of major revisions is allowed. Authors will be asked to resubmit the revised manuscript within a suitable time frame, and the revised version will be returned to the reviewer for further comments.
4.4.Rejection and Encourage Resubmission: If additional studies or experiences are needed to support the conclusions, the manuscript will be rejected and the authors will be encouraged to re-submit the manuscript once further studies or experiences have been conducted.
4.5.Rejection: The article has serious flaws, and/or makes no original significant contribution. No offer of resubmission to the journal is provided.
For the 'rejected' manuscripts, a letter of rejection is sent to the corresponding under the name of the Editor-in-Chief with reasons for rejection. Comments from reviewers are not included. The usual reasons for rejection are insufficient originality, serious scientific flaws, poor quality of illustrations, and improper manuscript format. Though the peer review process may in general take three weeks after the submission of the manuscript, a longer review period may be needed to finalize the review process.
Management & Economics Research Journal staff or editorial board members (including Editor-in-Chief) are not involved in processing their own academic work. Their submissions are assigned to at least two independent outside reviewers. Decisions are made by other editorial board members who do not have a conflict of interest with the author, please see Editors and journal staff as authors in Publication Ethics.
It is uncommon for a manuscript to be accepted for publication without changes – most manuscripts are revised at least once in light of comments from reviewers and editors.
When a revised manuscript is received:
- -Minor changes will usually be assessed directly by the editor;
- -If significant revisions were requested, the editor will usually return the manuscript to the original reviewers (unless they opted out of this).
Rarely, the editor may invite comments from a new reviewer – the editor should explain why this fresh review is sought. It is important new reviewers respect previous review comments and the efforts the author has made to revise the manuscript.
Ideally, any significant changes should already have been requested in the original review – this subsequent review should be to ensure that the changes have been made, rather than for raising additional issues. Thus the review of a revised manuscript should be relatively quick and may only involve checking that certain requested actions have been done. Nevertheless, the aim of the review remains the same: to ensure the manuscript is of a publishable standard. Usually, the editor will provide both the original decision letter and the author’s response to it. This will allow you to see what changes were requested –including any by the other reviewer– and how the author has responded to those changes. The reviewers should focus on how the author has changed the manuscript in light of their own response comments. It is very important for the author to highlight the changes in their revised manuscript, which simplifies this.
Management & Economics Research Journal carries out production on all manuscripts, including language editing, copy editing and conversion to PDF. Language editing is carried out by professional English editing staff.