Peer-review Process

AFTJ adheres to a double anonymous and open (since 2024) peer-review process as follows:

Initially, all papers are first reviewed by an editorial committee consisting of 3 or more members of the editorial team to ensure their appropriateness and relevance to the framework of the journal. The prime purpose is to decide whether to send a paper for peer review and to give a rapid decision on those that are not. Papers which do not meet basic standards or are unlikely to be published irrespective of a positive peer review, for example because their novel contribution is insufficient or the relevance to the discipline is unclear, may be rejected at this point in order to avoid delays to authors who may wish to seek publication elsewhere Manuscripts are also excluded by the editors if there are major faults in the methodology of research. Authors can expect a decision from this stage of the review process within 2 weeks of submission. Manuscripts going forward to the review process are handled anonymously and comments are discussed in weekly editorial sessions. Reviews are then sent to the corresponding authors for proposed modifications and the new version of the manuscript would be peer-reviewed for a second time by one or two external reviewers. We aim to complete the review process within 6 weeks of the decision to review although occasionally delays do happen and authors should allow at least 8 weeks from submissions before contacting the journal. The Chief editor reserves the right to the final decision regarding acceptance.

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At AFTJ, we are committed to ensuring that all published articles meet the highest standards of scientific and ethical integrity. To achieve this, we employ an open peer-review process for the articles in which the identities of both the authors and reviewers are disclosed to each other during the review process. This approach promotes transparency and accountability and enhances the quality of our peer review.

Since 2024, all manuscripts submitted to AFTJ undergo a rigorous evaluation process. The editorial team initially evaluates each submission to determine its suitability for publication. Manuscripts that meet our criteria are then sent to two or more independent experts in the field for peer review. Reviewers provide detailed feedback on the scientific quality, methodology, significance, and ethical aspects of the manuscript and recommend revisions or rejection as appropriate.