Editorial responsibilities

Editorial responsibilities:

  • Editors work with an international advisory board that guides the shaping of the journal, as well as with international board of editors for submitted manuscripts. (Focus and Scope) Editors should ensure that all research material they publish conforms to internationally accept ethical guidelines.
  • Editors are responsible for the contents and overall quality of the publication. Editors should always consider the needs of the authors and the readers when attempting to improve the publication. Editors should guarantee the quality of the papers and the integrity of the academic record.
  • Editors should base their decisions solely on the papers’ importance, originality, clarity and relevance to publication’s scope. Editors should not allow any conflicts of interest between staff, authors, reviewers and board members.
  • Editorial board must confirm receipt of submitted papers and to ensure the efficient, fair and timely review process of submitted papers (Review procedure)
  • The Editor must preserve anonymity of reviewing. Editors must ensure that submitted manuscripts are handled in a confidential manner, with no details being disclosed until a decision has been taken as to whether the manuscript is to be published. The Editor must also ensure the confidentiality of the names and other details of referees. AWEJ reviewing is double blind, in that authors do not know the names of the reviewers of their papers, and reviewers do not know the names of the authors. Authors are required to take reasonable efforts to hide their identities, including not listing their names or affiliations and omitting acknowledgments in their submitted paper. All these information will be included in the cover page and should not appear elsewhere in the paper. (General Requirements)   In addition, the Editor is required to deal fairly with an author’s appeal against the rejection of a submitted manuscript. Editor should decide to accept or reject a manuscript for publication with reference only to the manuscript’s importance, originality and clarity, and its relevance to the journal. Editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article. The Editor can reject any article at any time before publication, including after acceptance if concerns arise.
  • Editors should make known any conflicts of interest that might arise, specifically, in cases where an editor is an author of a submitted manuscript, the manuscript must be passed to another editor for independent peer review.
  • Editors should act if they suspect misconduct, whether a paper is published or unpublished, and make all reasonable attempts to persist in obtaining a resolution to the problem.
  • Editors should publish errata pages or make corrections when needed.
  • Editors are responsible to take a decision regarding any academic misconduct or convincing evidence that a published manuscript is erroneous, usually through consultation with the author. This may require the publication of a formal ‘retraction’ or correction