The Editorial and peer review process will go through by following steps

Submission

  1. Submission comes in
  2.  Successful and Unsuccessful Submission:  After receiving the submission, our managing editor will review it to ensure that it adheres to the journal's guidelines. If they discover that the submission was made correctly, it will be considered a successful submission and will be processed for desk review. Otherwise, it will be considered an unsuccessful submission. The editorial office will notify the authors about the unsuccessful submission and instruct them on how to resubmit in accordance with the journal's guidelines. Incomplete submissions will be removed from the system. 

Initial Checks / Desk Review

Following a successful submission, an in-house Managing Editor/editorial member will check all submitted manuscripts to ensure they are properly prepared and follow ethical policies, including those for human and animal experimentation. Manuscripts that don't meet the journal's ethics policy or standards are rejected before peer review. Unprepared manuscripts will be returned for revision and resubmission. The Managing Editor then consults the Editor-in-Chief or Associate Editors to determine if the manuscript fits the journal's scope and is scientifically sound. Then forward to the next step, such as the peer-review process. Following the desk review, the editor will notify the author via email of acceptance for review or direct rejection. This process may take 2 to 3 weeks.

Peer-Review

After passing the initial screening, a manuscript will be assigned to at least two independent experts for peer review. The authors' identities are revealed to reviewers in a single-blind review. Peer review comments are strictly confidential and will only be disclosed with the reviewer's express permission. 

Round 1 (Details process)

  1. If accepted, the submission will be assigned to 2 reviewers.
  2. A request of review indicating rejection, request for revision, or acceptance from 2 reviewers within the deadline
  3. Reminder to reviewers
  4. Reviews come in - wait for both
  5. Thank you mail to the reviewers
  6. 2 Reviews sent out to authors with info about the results of the review (acc, rev, or rej).
  7. If revision request for responses and revisions,
  8. English editing: If the submission has linguistics, the author may be asked to provide the linguistic correction from any native speaker or expert.
  9. Possible reminders to authors

Round 2

  1. Responses and revisions come in
  2. Thank you mail to the authors
  3. Responses and revisions are sent to reviewers with the request for evaluation of responses and revisions (acc, rev, or rej).
  4. Evaluations come in
  5. Thank you mail to the reviewers
  6. Evaluations were sent out to authors with info about the results of the review (acc, rev, or rej)

Round 3 (if necessary) (Details process)

  1. New responses and revisions come in from the authors
  2. Thank you mail to the authors
  3. Revisions are sent to reviewers requesting a second evaluation of responses and revisions (acc, rev, or rej).
  4. Second Evaluations come in (acc, rev, or rej) from reviewers
  5. Thank you mail to the reviewers
  6. Results of second reviews (acc, rev, or rej) sent to authors
  7. If more revision is needed - request responses and revisions

Editorial Decision and Revision

All the articles published in JICC go through the peer-review process. The editor-in-chief will communicate the final decision to the corresponding author with the following status.

Acceptance with Minor Revision

Accepted papers with minor revisions based on reviewer comments will be notified to the authors and given five to ten days for minor revisions.

Reconsider after Major Revisions

The manuscript's acceptance would depend on the revisions. If some of the reviewer's comments cannot be revised, the author must provide a point-by-point response or a rebuttal. Typically, only one round of major revisions is permitted. The authors will be asked to resubmit the revised paper within a reasonable time frame, and the revised version will be returned to the reviewer for additional feedback. (Round 3)

Reject and Encourage Resubmission

If additional experiments are required to support the conclusions, the manuscript will be rejected, and the authors will be encouraged to resubmit the paper once the additional experiments are completed.

Reject

The article contains serious flaws and/or makes no significant original contribution. There is no offer of resubmission to the journal.

Copy Editing Process and Publication

After accepting and receiving the Open Access and Article Processing Charges, the manuscript will be subjected to professional copy-editing, English editing, author proofreading, final corrections, pagination, and publication on the journal's website.

Round 4 (Details process)

  1. After the payment confirmation, the submission will be assigned to the copy editor/layout editor.
  2. During the copy-editing process, the copy editor may request additional information about the accepted paper, copyright, the author, etc. Authors are responsible for providing the required material within the time frame specified.
  3. English editing: If the copy editor finds a linguistic error, the author may be asked to provide the linguistic correction from any native speaker or expert.
  4. The galley proof will be distributed to the authors within the time frame specified. Authors can request more time by emailing the editorial office and explaining why.
  5. Following copyediting, the submission will be sent to production

Production and Publication

  1. The file development, DOI, volume and issue assignment, and publication schedule.
  2. During the production process, If authors are requested to make changes, they must pay additional editing fees.
  3. Assignment to the issue of the publication.
  4. Notify the authors about their successful publication.

Author Appeals

JICC gives the rights to the authors that can appeal the rejection of papers by sending an e-mail to the journal's Editorial Office. The appeal must include a thorough explanation, including point-by-point responses to the reviewers' and/or Editor's comments. After the advisory recommendation on the manuscript by editor in chief, which may recommend acceptance, additional peer-review, or upholding the original rejection decision. At this point, a rejection decision is final and cannot be reversed.

In the case of a Special Issue, the journal's Editor will forward the manuscript, and related information to the Editor-in-Chief and guest editor, who will be asked to provide their recommendation on the manuscript and may recommend acceptance, additional peer-review, or uphold the original rejection decision. At this point, a rejection decision is final and cannot be reversed.

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