PUBLISHING POLICY

PUBLISHING POLICY

The SPCRD Global Publishing is the sole publisher of this journal, RAMSS and assumes responsibility of all processes and activities necessary for print and online publishing of the content copy sent by the Editorial Board. SPCRD Global Publishing or its management body bears no right to interfere in the nomination of Editorial Board and their role. Similarly, the SPCRD Global Publishing affirms to NO INTERVENTION policy in the editorial process and activities of RAMSS thereof.

 PUBLICATION PROCESS

The prime objective of publication process is to ensure the academic & research quality and thoroughness of the procedure. The review process is an integral part of the publishing process of the scholarly submissions made to the journal through online submission or journal's email. All papers submitted to the journal undergo various steps of rigorous double-blind peer review process by which both reviewer’s and author’s identity is not disclosed to each other to ensure independent review and avoid any potential conflict of interests.

 To meet growing requirement by authors for an efficient review and publication, the journal has taken appropriate measures to speed up the process yet without compromising on the quality of publication. First step is desk review whereby a paper is screened by the editor himself and/or assigned to editorial board. This normally takes 15-20 days after submission of the paper to check similarity score, appropriateness of the study with journal scope and objectives. Email is sent to the corresponding author regarding decision of this initial screening usually within a month.

After a paper goes through initial screening successfully, the review process starts by the peers, in second step, by which it is sent to two reviewers who are experienced academics in the area of research the paper focuses on. These reviewers make comments on originality, contribution, appropriateness of flow of discussion and references cited in the study. After this step, review reports are sent to all authors of the paper with a letter of acceptance conditioned to fulfillment of revisions in due time or rejection/excuse.

This step usually takes another 30-60 days. The time for evaluation of articles may go little long in case of unavoidable circumstances. The third step is about sending revised copy to the copy editors who look at proofreading and editing of the paper and their report is sent to the corresponding author as well. Authors are requested to submit the proofread and edited copy of the paper within 1-3 weeks after which paper is sent for production. Print copy is sent to corresponding author on request after publication. The journal has introduced early online production system by which the advance copy of paper is published and available online before the hard copy publication.

Editorial Role in the Review Process and Conflict of Interest Policy

The editor will be an independent in making decisions of evaluation and will perform his duties without any conflict and personal biasedness. To maintain thoroughness and independence of review process, the papers are sent to well establish scholars in the relevant field. The reviewers are different from the Editorial Board Members. The role of Associate Editors is to recommend the potential reviewers for the papers and manage the review process assigned by the Editor.

To avoid conflict of interest, when papers are received from any of the editorial members, the chief editor assigns such paper to alternate editorial member to manage the review and publication process to maintain independence and neutrality.

Editorial Role in Ethical and Complaint Policies

The editor is supposed to ensure the implementation of ethical guidelines envisaged by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Secondly, the editor will also need to handle complaints/grievances by authors, reviewers, or any other external and internal party through complaint/Grievances Committee independently.