Articles submitted to AJIS are subject to a rigorous double-blind peer-review process. All articles will be anonymized while under review and all reviews will be treated confidentially. At least two reports per manuscript are collected. A third review will be solicited if the first two differ substantially.
The blind peer-review/publication process includes:
- The Author writes a research manuscript and submits it online through the "Open Journal Systems"
- The Editors do the initial screening and assign scholars in their area of expertise for blind reviews
- The Reviewers review the manuscript according to the guidelines provided and verify the quality of the research
- The Reviewers return the manuscript to the Editors with a recommendation to reject, revise or accept it (see below “Editorial decisions are made as follows”)
- The Editors draft a decision and send it to the Author with the Reviewers' feedback
- The Author implements the recommended changes and sends it back to the Editors
- The Editors make a final decision to either reject it or send it to publication
Editorial decisions are made as follows:
- Accept manuscript as submitted without further revisions.
- Accept manuscript after revisions based on reviewers’ comments. Authors shall be given 4 weeks for minor revisions.
- Request major revisions. Only one round of major revisions will be allowed. The revised manuscript needs to address all suggested revisions which should be completed within 8 weeks. Discretionary extensions may be granted in agreement with the Co-Editors. The revised manuscript will be returned to the reviewer for further comments.
- Reject and encourage resubmission: The manuscript has serious flaws but could potentially make an original contribution. Authors will be encouraged to re-submit a fully revised manuscript.
- Reject: The manuscript is academically flawed and makes no original contribution.