Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The original scientific double-blind peer-reviewed papers published in IJAFLS  journal cover main aspects of agriculture, forestry, and life sciences (BIOLOGY and CHEMISTRY (If they are about Agriculture and Forestry)).

 

 

Section Policies

Articles

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Peer Review Process

Peer Reviewing Instructions for the "International Journal of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences" Journal

Introductions

The primary aims of peer review are to decide whether or not an article should be published (based on quality and relevance to the journal), and to improve the article before publication. All submissions first go through an internal peer review process: an assigned editor makes an initial decision to accept or to reject the manuscript (e.g. topic is outside the scope of the Journal, important flaws in scientific validity, etc). If the editor believes the article may be of interest, it is sent out for external peer review. The reviewers are selected by area of expertise (reviewers who grant high quality reviews within the requested time are preferred). The editorial board is frequently consulted. Once reviews are obtained, the editor makes a judgment considering the critiques and recommendations from reviewers, and other factors such as relevance to the Journal’s aims and usefulness to clinicians or researchers.

Peer Reviewer Selection

Reviewers are selected according to their background and experience in some aspect of the subject. The most desirable reviewers identify the strengths and weaknesses of the submitted paper, and analyze it from different viewpoints. The peer reviewers are asked to read and analyze the assigned manuscript and provide a written opinion of its quality, novelty, relevance and suitability for publication in The "International Journal of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences" Journal. Peer reviewers also make suggestions to assist the authors in improving the article. Reviewers must not only analyze and comment on the paper, but also provide opinions about general concerns such as clarity and quality of the writing, validity of scientific approach, and whether the article provides new information.

Ethical Guidelines for Journal Peer Reviewers

When a selected individual accepts a peer reviewing assignment, the reviewer implicitly agrees to the ethical standards that are commonly accepted in biomedical publishing. Ethical guidelines for reviewers, authors, and editors are reported by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors in the ‘Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals’ available from: www.icmje.org.

Reviewers for The "International Journal of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences" Journal must agree to:

Produce as careful and objective a review as possible Respect the editor’s deadline. Consider with an open mind innovations or approaches different from those of one’s own.

Provide a balanced critique targeted not only to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the paper, but also to provide useful feedback to the authors to improve their manuscript, without being overly critical of minor points.

  • Avoid scientific misconduct such as the misappropriation of intellectual property.
  • Each manuscript should be treated as an extremely confidential document.
  • The privacy of the authors’ ideas must always be guaranteed.
  • Direct comments about ethical concerns confidentially to the editors.
  • Contacting an author with questions about the manuscript is not allowed.
  • All critiques, including the latter, must be reported in the written critique.
  • Declare any conflict of interest (real or perceived) identified to the editor before the end of review. Not every potential conflict necessitates a rejection.
  • Reviewers are encouraged to discuss potential conflicts with the editors if they believe they can provide a fair review.
  • Reject an assignment if the following conflicts are present: Financial interests (e.g. paid consultancies, stock holdings), significant professional or personal relationships or rivalries, antipathy toward study question/approach, political or special interest affiliations (e.g. religious or deep convictions that conflict with the manuscript topic).

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.