Double Blind Review Policy
All papers submitted to ACS undergo rigorous double blind review process by which both reviewer’s and author’s identity is not disclosed to each other in order to ensure independent review and avoid any conflict of interests.
Duration of Review and Publication
The journal has taken appropriate measures to speed up the review process yet without compromising on the quality of publication. First step is desk review where a paper is screened by the chief editor himself and assigned to editorial board. This normally takes 10-15 days after submission. The task here includes checking 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 4 weeks.
After a paper goes through initial screening successfully, the paper undergoes review process 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 30-45 days. 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/edited copy of the paper within 1-4 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.