The peer review for publication in the Asia Pacific Journal on Curriculum Studies (APJCS) is a process by which the objective is to ensure a superior quality of published research articles in curriculum studies. Given this objective, the APJCS peer review follows the following stages: 1. initial stage; 2. review stage; and 3. decision stage.
1. Initial Stage
A call for abstracts is usually announced every year. When an abstract is submitted to APJCS, the editor initially screens it and decides whether or not to send it for peer review. All abstracts presented to the Conference are also subjected to peer review. During this stage, the journal editor mainly checks the following:
Does the abstract match the theme?
Does the abstract meet minimum quality?
Does the abstract exhibit good writing enough for review?
The authors will be notified if their abstract is for review and publication. They will be required to submit the full paper this time. Only after clearing the initial stage when the shortlisted full papers are sent to the reviewers for the next stage.
2. Review Stage
The APJCS is committed to integrity in peer review and upholding the highest possible standards of abstract review. Once an abstract clears the initial stage, it is sent for peer review by at least two blind reviewers. The type of peer review of APJCS is DOUBLE BLIND, meaning that the identity of the reviewers and the authors are hidden from each other.
3. Decision Stage
The journal editor considers the comments and suggestions provided by the peer reviewers and arrives at a decision. The following are the most common decisions that are made:
Approve: the abstract is accepted in its original form or with minor corrections.
Conditional: the abstract is accepted provided suggestions are addressed. Reject: the abstract is not accepted even substantial revisions are made.
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