REVIEWER GUIDELINE

Research area for a Reviewer

The Editor may not know your work intimately, and may only be aware of your work in a broader context. Reviewer can decline to any invitation of reviewing the paper, if he is not competent to review the article.

Duration to review the paper

Reviewing an article can be quite time consuming. The time taken to review can vary from field to field, but an article will take, on average, 3-5 hours to review properly. Will you have sufficient time before the deadline stipulated in the invitation to conduct a thorough review? If you cannot conduct the review let the editor know immediately, and if possible advise the editor of alternative reviewers.

Potential conflicts of interest

A conflict of interest will not necessarily eliminate you from reviewing an article, but full disclosure to the editor will allow them to make an informed decision. For example, if you work in the same department or institute as one of the authors worked on a paper previously with an author or have a professional or financial connection to the article. These should all be listed when responding to the editor’s invitation for review.

Conducting the Review

Reviewing needs to be conducted confidentially, the article you have been asked to review should not be disclosed to a third party. If you wish to elicit opinion from colleagues or students regarding the article you should let the editor know beforehand. You should not attempt to contact the author. Be aware when you submit your review that any recommendations you make will contribute to the final decision made by the editor.

RESEARCH PAPER EVALUATION CRITERIA:

Normally you would be expected to evaluate the article according to the following:

Originality

Is the article sufficiently novel and interesting to warrant publication? Does it add to the canon of knowledge? Does the article adhere to the journal’s standards? Is the research question an important one? In order to determine its originality and appropriateness for the journal it might be helpful to think of the research in terms of what percentile it is in? Is it in the top 25% of papers in this field?

Structure

  • Title: Does it clearly describe the article?
  • Abstract: Does it reflect the content of the article?
  • Introduction: Does it describe what the author hoped to achieve accurately, and clearly state the problem being investigated? Normally, the introduction is one to two paragraphs long. It should summarize relevant research to provide context, and explain what findings of others, if any, are being challenged or extended. It should describe the experiment, hypothesis (s); general experimental design or method.
  • Methodology: Does the author accurately explain how the data was collected? Is the design suitable for answering the question posed? Is there sufficient information present for you to replicate the research? Does the article identify the procedures followed? Are these ordered in a meaningful way? If the methods are new, are they explained in detail? Was the sampling appropriate? Have the equipment and materials been adequately described? Does the article make it clear what type of data was recorded; has the author been precise in describing measurements?
  • Results: This is where the author (s) should explain in words what he / she discovered in the research. It should be clearly laid out and in a logical sequence? You will need to consider if the appropriate analysis has been conducted? Are the statistics correct? If you are not comfortable with statistics advise the editor when you submit your report. Any interpretation should not be included in this section.
  • Conclusion / Discussion: Are the claims in this section supported by the results, do they seem reasonable? Have the authors indicated how the results relate to expectations and to earlier research? Does the article support or contradict previous theories? Does the conclusion explain how the research has moved the body of scientific knowledge forward?
  • Language: If an article is poorly written due to grammatical errors, while it may make it more difficult to understand the science, you do not need to correct the English. You may wish to bring it to the attention of the editor, however. Finally, on balance, when considering the whole article, do the figures and tables inform the reader; are they an important part of the story? Do the figures describe the data accurately? Are they consistent, e.g. bars in charts are the same width, the scales on the axis are logical.

 

  • Previous Research: If the article builds upon previous research does it reference that work appropriately? Are there any important works that have been omitted? Are the references accurate?
  • Ethical Issues

o    Plagiarism: If you suspect that an article is a substantial copy of another work, let the editor know, citing the previous work in as much detail as possible.

o    Fraud: It is very difficult to detect the determined fraudster, but if you suspect the results in an article to be untrue, discuss it with the editor.

o    Other Ethical Concerns: If the research is medical in nature, has confidentiality been maintained? If there has been violation of accepted norms of ethical treatment of animal or human subjects these should also be identified.

Communicating Report to Editor

Journals will request that you complete a form checking various points with remarks. It serves the dual purpose of reminding the editor of the details of the report and also reassuring the author and editor that you understood the article. When you make a recommendation regarding an article, it is worth considering the categories an editor will likely use for classifying the article:

  • Rejected due to poor quality, or out of scope;
  • Accept without revision;
  • Accept but needs revision (either major or minor).

In the latter case, clearly identify what revision is required, and indicate to the editor whether or not you would be happy to review the revised article.

 

PUBLISHING PROCESS

Registration

  • Giving a unique reference number to article.
  • Checking the article for completeness, clarity and usability.
  • Sending the corresponding author an acknowledgment e-mail with the reference number that can be used to track the article.

Review

  • Technical review of article and revised submission review (if any) from our reviewer.
  • Creating a proof copy to be sent to the corresponding author for final review.
  • Proofreading

Publication

  • Correcting any errors you identify on the proof copy.
  • Making the article available as an article online on SSRN.
  • Giving author article a volume number, issue number and page numbers.
  • Sending the final copy to the printer.
  • Distributing the printed journal to subscribers.

Post Publication

  • Dispatching published copies within 6-8 weeks of issue publication. Please note that delivery times depend on the destination.
  • Issuing Re-prints.

FOR AUTHORS

GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS

Format & Style

Manuscripts: All manuscripts must be printed in letter quality (font size 12) in double space on one side of A4 paper with margins of at least one inch on all sides. Authors should submit one soft copy together with one hard copy by post of their manuscripts to the editor.

Cover Page: Manuscripts of a paper should have a cover page providing the title of the paper, the name(s), address (es), phone, fax numbers and e-mail address (es) of all authors and acknowledgments if any. In order to facilitate anonymous review of the papers, please restrict the author – related information only to cover page.

Abstract: Following the cover page, there should be an ‘abstract’ page, which should contain the title of paper, the subtitle “Abstract’ and a summary of the paper in single space, not exceeding 150 words. The text of the paper should not start on this page, but on a fresh page with the title of the paper repeated.

References: References should be cited in the style prescribed in the publication manual of the American Psychological Association. Please visit guidelines for referencing.

Figures & Tables: Each figure/table should be printed on a separate sheet. Figures and tables are to be separately numbered, titled and attached at the end of the text serially. The position of figure or table should be indicated in the text on a separate line with the words “Table 1 about here’.

Artwork Guidelines

Illustrations, pictures and graphs, should be supplied with the highest quality and in an electronic format that helps us to publish your article in the best way possible. Please follow the guidelines below to enable us to prepare your artwork for the printed issue as well as the web site. Please read carefully through all of the following points:

Resolution: Images should be supplied as bitmap based files (i.e. with .tiff or .jpeg extension) with a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). Line art should be supplied as vector-based, separate .eps files (not as .tiff files, and not only inserted in the Word or pdf file), with a resolution of 600 dpi.

Format: TIFF, or PDF. MS Office files (Word, Power point, Excel) are also accepted provided they meet certain conditions.

Colour Mode: Please note that coloured images will be published only ‘Online’ Therefore, it is important that you supply images that are comprehensible in black and white as well (i.e., by using black and while pattern or dotted lines).

Dimensions: Check that the artworks supplied match or exceed the dimensions of the journal. Images cannot be scaled up after origination

Fonts: The lettering used in the artwork should not vary too much in size and type (usually sans serif font as a default).

PUBLICATION PROCESS

Editorial and Review Process

QJMR is a referred journal. Articles submitted for publication are initially screened by the editors for relevance to our readership, theoretical framework, methodological rigor, and potential to advance theory/practice. Articles that present conceptually and methodically rigorous ideas in the manuscripts stand a better chance for active consideration. Those considered appropriate are put through a double blind review, a process that may take three month. Authors may be asked to revise and resubmit a manuscript based on the referees comments. Accepted articles are edited to suit our format. Authors may consult the detailed format and style guidelines given below. Published articles become the exclusive copyright of TIMS, which includes the right to electronic distribution. Editor-in-chief reserves the full and unfettered right and the sole discretion to accept or refuse an article for publication; he is under no obligation to assign reasons for this decision. Can see the flowchart of peer review process.

ADVICE TO AUTHOR

Ethics

Publishing responsibilities of authors

The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of work of the author and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior.

Reporting standards

Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. Review and professional publication articles should also be accurate and objective, and editorial ‘opinion’ works should be identified as such.

Use of case details

Appropriate consents, permissions and releases must be obtained where an author wishes to include case details or other personal information or images of any individuals in QJMR publication. Written consents must be retained by the author and copies of the consents or evidence that such consents have been obtained must be provided to QJMR on request.

For Subscriber

QJMR extends an opportunity for Corporate, Associations, Institutions, Libraries, and Society to subscribe to print copy of our journal. Electronic access is free and can be accessed under recent issues section of QJMR journal from our website.

Pricing information and subscription formfor our QJMR is available online.

Contact Us

Managing Editor-QJMR

Tolani Institute of Management Studies
Post Box No-11, Opp. Railway Crossing ,
Lilashah Kutiya Road,
Adipur-Kutch, 370-205
Gujarat, India

Tel – +91-2836-261466.
Fax – +91-2836-262187
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