Reviewing the Reviewers: Editors are not supposed to work as “Post Office” and as stated by
We do not forward these reviewers’ comments as such to the authors but review their reviews. While their comments are saved as such but those forwarded to the authors are the edited version because at times some of the harsh comments have to be toned down, some of the comments are meant for the editor and not authors. All this takes lot of time. For the authors the manuscript management software’s are quite helpful and in some cases, they make the changes, corrections, additions and return the manuscript within hours and in some cases in the next two three days and then all this gets piled up for the Editorial team to look at it further.
However, the authors are again very impatient and wish that the Editor convey them the decision of acceptance as quickly as they have responded which is not possible. In case the reviewers have made track changes and made some other comments and suggestions on the manuscript, the authors are asked to make all the changes in the same file which is being sent to them and highlight all changes or additions made. Not only that they are also asked to convey through a separate communication how they have responded to these comments point wise. Once the revised manuscripts are received, they are looked at by the editorial team and the Editor himself. If the response is satisfactory, an acceptance e mail is sent to the author immediately in some cases within hours or the next day. Some of these manuscripts have to be revised numerous times( in some cases half a dozen times) before they are finally accepted for publication and it may take from twelve to eighteen months from the time of submission to final publication.
There is no straight forward Acceptance or Rejection. If the manuscripts are finally rejected after peer review, they are given reasons for rejection. We practice open peer review system for the last seven years and the reviewers comments are conveyed to the authors along with the name of those who have reviewed it. Since a vast majority of our reviewers are from overseas, we never have had any problem. Only in a few cases, the reviewers from
The final authority to accept or reject the manuscript lies with the Editor who is eventually responsible for the quality of contents, hence these reviewers are reviewed carefully before taking any decision. Of course the Editor can take a decision contrary to the advice of the Reviewers as their comments are an advice and suggestion as regards acceptance or rejection of a manuscript.
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