Peer Review Policy

General information
Auricle Global Society of Education and Research (AGSER) journals consider and send out for peer review research papers and review papers. Editorial material is peer reviewed by the editors. Questions as regards a specific manuscript should be addressed to the handling editor.

Online manuscript review
Peer reviewers must submit their reports through the online system/by the editor’s email.

Criteria for publication
To be published in an AGSER journal, a paper should provide strong evidence, typically cover a hot emerging topic, and be extremely influential to scholars in the specific field.

The review process
Only submitted manuscripts meeting the editorial criteria are sent out for peer review to at least three experts in the field. Additional special advice might be required as regards statistics or a certain technique. Based on the peer reviewers’ reports, the editors can decide that a manuscript can be accepted with(out) editorial revisions, revised to address specified concerns, rejected with justifiable resubmission, or outrightly rejected. Peer reviewers should supply follow-up advice, if needed, but in case the criticisms are not seriously addressed, a resubmitted paper will not be sent back for their inspection. Additional peer reviewers are typically brought in to resolve disputes.

Selecting peer-reviewers
Reviewer selection takes into account expertise and a strong scholarly record constituted by publications in first-rate journals in terms of IF/AIS and CiteScore. We check with potential experts before sending out submitted manuscripts for review (such messages should be treated confidentially).

Access to the literature
The journal will provide the peer reviewer with a copy of any published source necessary in the assessment of a submitted manuscript.

Writing the review
A peer review report should instruct the authors regarding how the research can be strengthened by detailing constructive advice. The editors welcome confidential comments with respect to suitability for publication.

AGSER journals are committed to swift editorial decision and publication. Peer reviewers should respond promptly within the specified time interval. In case of delays, alternate reviewers are contacted.

Peer reviewers remain anonymous during the review process and beyond, and must treat the manuscripts they evaluate as confidential.

Double blind peer review
All submitted manuscripts to this journal, treated as confidential documents, have undergone editorial screening and anonymous double-blind peer review, with 14 days avg. from submission to first decision, 60 days avg. from submission to first post-review decision, and 7 days avg. from acceptance to online publication. Authors may be asked to provide the data on which their research is developed or related documents. The editors must withdraw from the decision-making process if they have a conflict of interest.

Editing referees’ reports
Reports are edited only to eliminate offensive language, while fair and robust criticisms as regards a considered manuscript should be expressed plainly by the peer reviewers.

The peer review system
AGSER journals publish first-rate quality material by considering only manuscripts having a high integrative value in the current Scopus- and Web of Science-indexed literature (i.e., citing preponderantly Q1 and Q2 sources published in the past two years). All cited authors, thus individuals having outstanding scholarly records, are contacted to serve as potential peer reviewers. The feedback conveyed throughout the continued commitment during the peer review process leads to significantly improved content in terms of structure and logic. Evaluating supplementary data also requires time.

Reviewing peer review
Valid research of relevant interest is published throughout an effective review system that identifies novelty and deficiencies, while suggesting enhancements, so that the final version is internally consistent.

Peer review publication policies
Authors can suggest or request exclusion of certain peer reviewers, but the editors decide who to select. Peer reviewers must keep as confidential submitted manuscripts and accompanying data.

Ethics and security
The editors may seek advice as regards any aspect of a submitted manuscript that raises concerns in terms of ethics or data access, and rarely implications such as threats to security. The ultimate decision to consider and publish is the responsibility of the editor.