Editorial Principles

Each paper submitted with JSSIR goes through a strict double blind review process to ensure transparency and quality. The author(s) that submit an article to the JSSIR are considered to have accepted these peer review conditions and procedures. All manuscripts are reviewed at different stages for suitability and relevance for JSSIR and for its academic and scholarly value by editor, associate editors, members of the Editorial Board and qualified outside reviewers. The review process may take minimum 12 weeks but owing to circumstances beyond the editor’s control this time may exceed. The publication of a manuscript depends on the outcomes of the review process and the decision of the editorial board.

Initial Manuscript Evaluation: All manuscripts submitted for publication in JSSIR are firstly evaluated by the Editor, and Associate Editor to judge its suitability and relevance as per the journal’s scope and to ensure that the manuscript conforms to the manuscript preparation guidelines. Manuscripts which fall outside the aims and scope of the journal or are not prepared in accordance with the laid out principles are rejected or may be returned to the authors for revisions at this initial point. Though authors are responsible for ensuring the originality of their work, and are required to screen their manuscripts through plagiarism detection software for checking the similarity index before submitting their papers with JSSIR. However, the Editors will screen all submissions through TURNITIN Facility to ensure the originality of the write up. .

Peer Review Process JSSIR adopts double blind reviewing, where both the reviewers and author/s remain anonymous throughout the process. After initial evaluation, the manuscripts are sent to two reviewers who are determined by the editor and/or editorial board. The reviewers are selected from the relevant areas having adequate expertise. Reviewers are asked to evaluate the manuscript’s originality, the quality of the questions raised in the study, the logical and appropriate link with the existing literature, suitability of the methodology and procedures adopted for collecting the evidence, contribution to the literature/field, presentation of results and support for the conclusions drawn, and appropriate citations and referencing. The peer review may result in any one of these decisions: “Accept”, “Accept with minor revisions”, “Accept with Major revisions” or “Reject.” For publication of an article, both reviewers must give positive reports. Acceptance of an article for publication automatically transfers copyright of the article to the JSSIR. Accepted or published articles cannot be duplicated or published without written permission of the editor JSSIR. The overall responsibility for the published articles belongs to the author(s) of the articles, and they are also responsible for obtaining necessary permission pertaining copyrighted material from the concerned individuals or bodies prior to submitting their manuscript with JSSIR. The corresponding authors will be sent the final print version of their article for a proof before the article is going in print. At this point authors cannot make any changes to the content, they are merely looking at the article to ensure the content and illustrations are appearing in their right order and no part is misaligned or missing (eg. Tables, headings etc.). Manuscripts that are submitted with the JSSIR should be checked for correct spelling and grammar rules. Manuscripts that require minor or major revisions, as suggested by the reviewers, are returned to the authors for necessary revisions in the light of the reviewers’ comments/ suggestions within a prescribed time. The corresponding author will resubmit the revised paper which will be presented to the editorial board for review to ensure that the indicated changes have been incorporated. The Editorial Board of JSSIR may request more than one revision of a manuscript. It is in the interest of the authors that they do not alter or amend the original content other than what is suggested by one or both reviewer/s. Adding new content to your paper at this stage will only lead to the peer review process to start from the beginning resulting in a delay in possible publication of the manuscript. Manuscripts which are not accepted for publication are not re-sent to their authors. Manuscripts that have been rejected once for publication with JSSIR following peer review will not be considered for publication again. However, if the manuscript undergoes complete or substantial revisions it will be considered as a new submission and will be put through the same review process from the beginning only after an approval from the Editorial Board.