Editor’s Triage and initial screening: Ever since we have gone online, there has been enormous increase in submissions which is increasing every year.9 We have our own limitations as regards financial and human resources to process these manuscripts. Hence, during initial screening, we do not accept about 70% of the submitted manuscripts for further processing which means they are rejected at these initial stages. The idea is not to keep the authors waiting so that they can submit their manuscripts to some other journal without wasting any further time. As per policy of the journal, we do not accept KAP studies, survey reports, animal studies. We are very selective in accepting
Those authors whose manuscripts are not accepted for further processing are politely thanked for taking interest in
Screening for plagiarism: As a policy we accept upto three thousand (3000) words for original manuscripts, fifteen hundred words for
After signing an agreement with CrossRef for DOI numbers, we have also signed an agreement with CrossCheck for use of their software to check plagiarism. We have now started screening the manuscripts for plagiarism before they are sent for external review with this newly acquired software. All this has also added to the cost of production but it does offer the advantage of ensuring that no plagiarized manuscript gets published.
Formatting of Manuscripts: We usually check the submissions on the e journal system after every couple of days (not daily) or may be after a week or ten days if the backlog has not yet been cleared. All the manuscripts which are accepted for further processing after initial screening are then formatted and it does take some time. But the authors are very impatient and when they see their manuscripts are still awaiting assignment on the website, they start sending e mails why they are not being processed further. Hence responding to these e mails adds to the workload. After formatting, these manuscripts are then uploaded on the system again and now they are ready to be sent for external review. Even at this stage some of these manuscripts need some editing and corrections but the authors do not know about this additional work which the editorial team has to perform.
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