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Review Process

IJRD shall not accept or publish paper in an journal without prior peer review. Peer Review is a process that journals use to ensure the articles they publish represent the best scholarship currently available. When an article is submitted to a peer reviewed journal, the editors send it out to other scholars in the same field (the author's peers) to get their opinion on the quality of the scholarship, its relevance to the field, its appropriateness for the journal, etc. There shall be a review process of manuscripts by one or more independent referees who are conversant in the pertinent subject area.

The Role of Peer Reviewers :
Peer review has become the backbone of scholarship and research in many disciplines and professional fields. Like the majority of other professional publications, IJRD has begun the practice of anonymous or masked review of submitted articles by several members of an IJRD peer review panel. Writers and reviewers are unaware of each other's identities through a process that is designed to make the process more impartial.

IJRD reviewers are experts in their fields and members of the editorial board. At the present time, the size of the panel is too small to reveal the names (thereby protecting the anonymity of reviewers for any one article). However, as IJRD receives more papers for peer review, the panel will be expanded in size and the full listing of panelists will be possible. The panels will be making significant contributions to the profession of organizational coaching by committing their time and knowledge to this peer review.

Authors should strive for maximum clarity of expression, bearing in mind that the purpose of publication is the disclosure of technical knowledge and that an excessively complex or poorly written presentation can only obscure the significance of the work presented. Material which is not essential to the continuity of the text be placed in Appendices.

The Peer Review Process :
Initial Screening and Distribution:
Once a submission is received by the IJRD Office Manager (sanjayrsugandhi@ijrdonline.com) it is assigned a manuscript number and the Office Manger advises the writer by email of the number and date of receipt. The review process may be lengthy, but generally writer(s) are informed of their paper's status within 15 days. The goal is to provide the person(s) submitting the manuscript with prompt feedback. Assuming that a manuscript is considered appropriate to the journal and potentially acceptable, the usual procedure is to choose two reviewers for each paper. Manuscripts and reviewers are matched by the Chair according to content.

Manuscript Actions:

Rejection outright. The flaws that lead to this decision generally center on substantive issues. Substantive concerns include lack of theoretical grounding, confusing or unclear conceptualization or rationale, unspecified relationships between variables, and insignificant contribution to the literature.

Rejection with encouragement to revise and resubmit. In some cases, a manuscript may contain one or more major problems, but the reviewers and the Chair may see potential for the paper. The study as presented may not warrant acceptance as is, but may warrant consideration after major revision (e.g., rewriting the conceptual structure or reworking the data). The Chair will give the writer an invitation to revise and resubmit for another round of reviews (usually with the same reviewers). An editor cannot promise acceptance in this case, but if he or she saw no hope for a manuscript it would have been rejected outright.

Acceptance conditional. Most manuscripts, if accepted, require revision in substantive, methodological, or mechanical matters. The new version is usually sent for further review by one or both of the original readers. Acceptance is not automatic, and a second or third revision may be required.

Acceptance outright. In a very few cases, a manuscript may be accepted for publication on first reading, with only minor revisions required.

When accepted for publication, articles will appear within three issues of the date of publication. Although the standards for publication in IJRDonline are relatively stringent, we urge those submitting a manuscript not to be discouraged. The Chair and peer review panel members are all committed to assisting those submitting manuscripts so that they can make a valuable contribution to IJRDONLINE and to the field of organizational coaching.

Review Process