Editorial Policies & Editorial Workflow
IJCH expect the highest ethical standards from their authors, reviewers and editors when conducting research, submitting papers and throughout the peer-review process.
Peer Review: IJCH employs a double-blind peer review process, in which the author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process.
Peer Review Process: The following is the editorial workflow that every manuscript submitted to the journal undergoes during the course of the peer-review process. The entire editorial workflow is performed using OJS. Once a manuscript is submitted, the manuscript is assigned to an Editor most appropriate to handle it based on the subject of the manuscript and the availability of the Editors. If the Editor determines that the manuscript is not of sufficient quality to go through the normal review process or if the subject of the manuscript is not appropriate to the journal scope, the Editor rejects the manuscript with no further processing.
If the Editor determines that the submitted manuscript is of sufficient quality and falls within the scope of the journal, he/she assigns the manuscript to a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 external reviewers for peer-review. The reviewers submit their reports on the manuscripts along with their recommendation of one of the following actions to the Editor:
Accept Submission / Revision Required / Resubmit for Review / Resubmit Elsewhere / Decline Submission / See Comments
When all reviewers have submitted their reports, the Editor can make one of the following editorial recommendations:
Accept Submission / Revision Required / Resubmit for Review / Decline Submission
If the Editor recommends “Accept Submission” the manuscript is accepted for publication.
If the Editor recommends “Revision Required” the authors are notified to prepare and submit a final copy of their manuscript with the required changes suggested by the reviewers. Only the Editor reviews the revised manuscript after the changes have been made by the authors. Once the Editor is satisfied with the final manuscript, the manuscript can be accepted.
If the Editor recommends “Resubmit for Review ” the authors are notified to prepare and submit a revised copy of their manuscript with the required changes suggested by the reviewers. The revised manuscript after the changes have been made by the authors wiil again go under a fresh peer review.
If the Editor recommends "Decline Submission", the manuscript is immediately rejected. Also, if two of the reviewers recommend Decline Submission, the manuscript is immediately rejected.
The editorial workflow gives the Editors the authority in rejecting any manuscript because of inappropriateness of its subject, lack of quality, or incorrectness of its results.
This review process is to ensure a high-quality, fair, and unbiased double blinded peer-review process of every manuscript submitted to the journal, since any manuscript must be recommended by one or more (usually two or more) external reviewers along with the Editor in charge of the manuscript in order for it to be accepted for publication in the journal. Moreover, even the finally published articles’ readers and authors have ample opportunities to review the publications and correspondingly communicate to IJCH in case if the published materials correspondingly warrant any publication of erratum/corrections in future IJCH issues.