External Peer Review: We have over two hundred fifty people on our reviewer’s data base within the country and overseas. Some of them, particularly overseas reviewers are quite expert in doing online reviews, hence they are sent the manuscripts through e journal system but others are sent through e mails with attachments along with the reviewers Performa. Among the reviewers in
It is not uncommon that one has to send repeated reminders to the reviewers as a vast majority of them won’t respond within the given time. Some of them particularly reviewers in
In some cases, we also give the option to the authors to suggest at least two reviewers and sometimes do utilize their services particularly in those specialties in which we do not have many or a few reviewers.
Fast track processing facility: At times the authors are really faced with an emergency situation like the postgraduates who may have to sit in the fellowship examination and needs published paper to be eligible or someone has to appear in an interview for faculty position and needs published manuscripts. In some other cases someone may need additional published papers to become eligible for further faculty promotion.
As the peer review takes atleast four months time and despite best efforts we have not yet been able to reduce this processing time, we have offered the facility of fast track processing for those authors who need early publication. They have to pay extra processing fee but it does not guarantee acceptance or early publication which is made clear to them. They are promised to get their manuscripts peer reviewed within eight weeks time and the reviewers comments are conveyed to them within this time. It depends on the quality of their manuscript; it may be accepted, rejected or asked to revise it.
In principle, we do not encourage authors to opt for fast track processing unless it is extremely essential. We have also noted that sometimes some authors have a tendency to misuse this facility. Despite the fact that they have no such urgency, just to get their manuscripts processed speedily, they insist on fast track processing. If such requests are accepted it will deprive many other authors who cannot afford to pay extra to get their manuscripts processed and published quickly. It is a very difficult decision at times and one has to be extremely careful as it should not give an impression that the journal is most interested in financial gains only.
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