Peer Review System
The peer review is an essential ingredient of the academic publishing process. Following steps are being followed for peer review and publication of the research paper (s) in the Journal of Agrometeorology.
Step 1: Authors are to prepare and submit their manuscript (s) to the secretary/secretariat of association as per the guidelines/check list available ONLINE.
Step 2: Secretariat solicit the mandatory eligibility of author (s) for submission of manuscript (s) viz., membership of senior author/other authors, certificate of originality duly signed by all the authors and endorsed by Head/Director and finally issues acknowledgement to the author with manuscript reference no.
Step 3: Initial screening of referred manuscript (s) is being done by Editor-In-Chief and Managing Editor and if the manuscript clearly lies outside the scope of the journal, then a rapid rejection sent to the author.
Step 4: Once a manuscript clears the initial screening, authors are requested to submit similarity report (permissible limit ≤20% similarity) for plagiarism check using appropriate licensed software for the purpose. Statements of ethical approval / no ethical conflict involved for studies involving human subjects and/or animals are also sought from the author (s).
Step 5: After receiving the similarity report, the manuscript is sent for peer review and the names of reviewers and authors are not revealed to each other (Double Blind Review). Generally, a minimum of two peer reviewers/theme editors are chosen for the peer review. Peer reviewers are ideally experts in their field and have a good track record of producing high-quality reviews. A pool of potential reviewers has also been created by inviting experts to review the manuscripts.
Step 6: The peer review is completed once all the reviewers send the managing editor a detailed evaluation report with their comments on the manuscript and their recommendation preferably within 3-4 weeks time.
Step 7: The managing editor/editorial board considers the feedback provided by the peer reviewers and arrives at a decision with following most common decisions:
- Accept without any changes (acceptance): the journal will publish the paper in its original form (very rare)
- Accept with minor revisions (acceptance): the journal will publish the paper and asks the author to make small corrections
- Accept after major revisions (conditional acceptance ): the journal will publish the paper (full paper or short communication) provided the authors make the changes suggested by the reviewers and/or editors
- Revise and resubmit (conditional rejection): the journal is willing to reconsider the paper in another round of decision making after the authors make major changes
- Reject the paper (outright rejection): the journal will not publish the paper or reconsider it even if the authors make major revisions.
Step 8: The final manuscript (s) is sent to the secretariat for editing as per journal’s format/requirement and the acceptance letter to the author is issued.
Step 9: The edited manuscript is sent to the author for final proof reading prior to publishing of manuscript in the forthcoming issue of journal and shared through web portal/individually.
Become a Reviewer
By registering as a reviewer, you are supporting the academic community by providing constructive feedback on original and novel research, helping to ensure both the quality and integrity of published work in your research field of specialization pertaining to scopes of Journal of Agrometeorology. Once registered, you may be asked to undertake reviews of scholarly articles/manuscripts that match your research interests.
Reviewer(s) always has the option to send regrets to an invitation to review and we will take care not to overstrain our reviewer(s) with too much request(s).
You may send your willingness of becoming a reviewer for manuscripts/research articles for consideration to be published in the Journal of Agrometeorology. The format of application is attached herewith. The willingness/request duly signed may be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to email@example.com
Your scholarly contribution for the purpose will be due fully acknowledged in the Journal of Agrometeorology and the reviewers who complete 5+ quality reviews may be provided a Certificate of Recognition/appreciation.