Peer Review Process
International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education is to be an double-blind peer review academic, scientific journal. All manuscripts submitted for publication should be original. Manuscripts published or under consideration for publication elsewhere should not be submitted and will not be considered. Submission of a paper implies that it has not been published previously, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and that if accepted it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the Publisher.
Manuscripts submitted to the journal management system is evaluated by the editors and section editors within two weeks at the latest. The manuscripts are critically evaluated basing on the journal’s submission criteria:
- scope of the journal and appropriateness to the field of study
- evaluation of the similarity
- appropriateness to the writing rules
- Publication language (APA 6 rules )
Manuscripts passed from pre-assessment of editors and section editors are forwarded to two referees who are specialized in the field concerned.
These referees state their decision whether they take the submitted manuscript into evaluation or not to the publication board within two weeks at the latest. If the referees don’t state an opinion to the publication board, new referees are assigned for the reviewing the manuscript.
The assigned referees evaluate the study by using standard manuscript evaluation form. Moreover the assigned referees may also present their views and thoughts in the full paper and send it to the publication board. Evaluation of journal reviewers takes 4 weeks.
Views of the referees serve as a guide to editors and section editors to make final decision. Final decision always belongs to editors and section editors.
Referees can state the following four views for the submitted manuscript:
- Acceptance for publication
- Acceptance for publication after minor revision (it is decided after revisions are checked by the editorial board)
- Reviewing again after the major revision is done. After revision is made by the writers of the study, it is evaluated for the second tour.
- It is not published (rejection)
Based on the views of referees third or fourth referees can be assigned. In such case, the same process of evaluation will be performed.
After reviewers’ evaluation is completed, views of the referees are examined at least two weeks by editors and section editors.
Editors and section editors give final decision for the manuscript by taking into consideration of views and suggestions of referees. The final decision is sent to the author.