Peer-Review Policy

All AESSR manuscripts are reviewed through the double-blind peer-review process and the identities of the authors are kept confidential from the reviewers, and vice versa.

To make this possible, anonymous versions of the manuscript are sent to referees. Submitted papers are first considered by the AESSR editors after submission. Papers that do not fall within the scope of AESSR are desk-rejected. In addition, papers that fail to meet a minimum threshold for quality and originality are also rejected without being sent to the reviewers.

Papers passing through this initial editorial scrutiny are then typically sent out to referees (nationally and internationally. If one or more of these turn down the invitation to provide a review, other referees will subsequently be appointed. Normally, at least three authoritative reviews are required before the handling Editor can make a decision to accept, reject, or ask for a revise and resubmit of the submitted paper. Currently, approximately 50% of the manuscripts submitted to AESSR are desk-rejected, about 35% are rejected after peer review, and 15% are eventually accepted (most after being revised once if not twice). The editor is responsible for the final decision regarding the acceptance or rejection of articles. The editor's decision is final.

AESSR provides professional English editing services exclusively for the accepted manuscripts. These manuscripts are carefully scrutinized by our professional proofreaders, who help ensure the accuracy of the paper by resolving any problems with the language to conform to the international standards for journal publications.