Review Policies & Process

In order to maintain quality, we place emphasis on the Originality, Significance and Rigour of the submission. Originality is understood in terms of the innovative character of the study: whether it engages with new and/or complex problems; develops innovative research methods, methodologies and analytical techniques; provides new empirical material; and/or advance theory or the analysis of doctrine, policy or practice. Significance is assessed in terms of the submission’s contribution to adding new knowledge to the field in theory or practice and may be theoretical, methodological and/or applicable. Rigour refers to the methodological design, and robustness and appropriateness of the concepts, analyses, theories and methodologies deployed within the submission. Account should be taken of such qualities as the integrity, coherence and consistency of arguments and analysis, and the due consideration of ethical issues if any.

The articles to be accepted for publishing need to be those adding new knowledge or developing concepts, techniques or outcomes, demonstrating rigorous research design and techniques of investigation and analysis, and written with sound logic and clear presentation.

When submissions are received, the Associate Editor acts as the handling editor to assess whether they fit the scope of the journal and make a decision to reject or allocate for reviewing. The review process will then follow:

  • Research articles will be double-blind peer reviewed by two reviewers.
  • Reflection articles will be double-blind peer reviewed by one reviewer.
  • Book reviews are evaluated and selected by the editors.

Once the revisions are complete, the revised manuscripts will be passed on to the Editor-in-Chief or the Associate Editor for the final decision.

The accepted articles are copyedited and proofread for publication on a rolling basis.

All articles published in the journal are peer reviewed (research articles) or assessed by the editorial team (book reviews), and the publisher is not involved in decisions to accept manuscripts.