IJSF requires some standard steps in publishing its articles. Such steps are as follows:
The author submits an article to the Editor in-Chief (EIC) and Deputy Editor-in-Chief (DEIC) via email to: email@example.com with CC's to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
2. QUICK REVIEW
The EIC and DEIC carry out a quick review. At this stage, an article could be approved for reviewing or be rejected (e.g. out of IJSF’s scope, not well organized, poor language, etc).
3. PEER REVIEWING
- The article is made "blind" (the author name is removed), and it will be sent to two reviewers (peer reviewers). Having been reviewed, the peer reviewers send review results to EIC and DEIC with recommendations that the article should be: a) accepted without revisions, b) accepted with minor revisions, c) accepted with major revisions, or d) rejected.
- EIC/DEIC notifies the author about such review results. For case 3.a), the article will be sent to the editors for language editing. For cases 3.b) and 3.c), a deadline will be given to the author for revisions. Later, EIC and DEIC will check whether the author has revised the article based on the reviewers comments and suggestions. Otherwise, the articles will be returned to the author(s).
- For case 3.b), if the author has revised the article based on the reviewers comments and suggestion, this article will be sent to the editor for editing.
- For case 3.c), if the author has revised the article based on the reviewers comments and suggestion, this article will be normally sent to the same reviewers for a second review.
The editing normally focuses on language editing, and certain contents (if necessary). The editing results will be sent to EIC/DEIC. In case the editing results need clarification, EIC/DEIC will send the article to the author for clarification.
5. LAYOUT EDITING
The editors edit the layout of the articles and carry out other necessary editing for consistency .
Prior to publishing articles, page proofs will be usually be sent to the author for correction, and a deadline will be given in returning such proofs. If the author fails to meet the deadline, the editor has the rights to publish articles without the author’s correction.
7. PUBLICATION AND CIRCULATION
The articles are ready to be printed/published, and then, circulated.