Review Process and Criteria

Pre-Submission

The Guidelines for Authors can be found here.

Submission

The submission criteria are as follows:

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it under simultaneous consideration by another journal.
  • The abstract contains (a) context/purpose, (b) approach/methods, (c) findings/results and (d) conclusion/key message.
  • The instructions in the Guidelines for Authors have been followed.
  • Citations and references are in APA style (American Psychological Association referencing style)
  • The authors´names have been deleted from the text and do not appear in the file properties, to ensure a blind peer-review.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word format.

Integrity and orginality check

Each submitted article undergoes first an academic integrity and orginality check. IJRVET uses PlagScan.

The extend to which a submission matches already published sources is indicated via percentages. The percentage is calculated by PlagScan. The decision after the integrity check is based on the following specific limits:

  • 5% - 10% match: manuscript will be sent back to the author to revise the manuscript.
  • > 10% match: manuscript will be rejected.

With PlagScan we remain in full control of the submitted data at all time (PlagScan button: Privacy Policy & Legal Compliance). Not later than one month after the final decision (accept or reject), we permanently delete all your data from the PlagScan server.

Initial screening

Each submitted article undergoes after the integrity check an initial screening by the editorial office/editorial board. Screening criteria are as follows:

  • Article is within the scope of the journal
  • Author has ensured the integrity of a blind review
  • Theory, methods and results are sound
  • The journal guidelines were followed (e.g. compliance with APA Style, 7th Edition)
  • The article is suitable to address an international audience (e.g. grammar, style/clarity)

Articles that do not meet these requirements are rejected after screening.

Double blind peer-review

Anonymised papers suitable for review are forwarded from the editorial office to at least two external reviewers not belonging to the editorial office or the editorial board. Review criteria are as follows:

  • Ethics: The author has met research and publication ethics requirements.
  • Relevance: The article is within the scope of the journal.
  • Framework: The theoretical/conceptual/empirical framework is clearly presented and explained.
  • Problem statement: The problem statement is clearly presented and explained.
  • Research questions: The research questions are clearly presented and explained.
  • Research methods: The research methods are appropriate and clearly presented.
  • Results/findings/conclusions: The results/findings/conclusions are adequately and clearly presented and discussed.

The reviewers recommend with an overall rating:

  • Accept
  • Minor revisions needed (neither accept nor reject)
  • Major revisions needed (neither accept nor reject)
  • Reject

Final Decision

A third reviewer will be involved if the recommendations of the frist two reviews are contradictory. The final decision is made by the editor in chief.