Peer Review Process
The suitability and quality of research articles are initially reviewed by the journal editors before the review process is initiated. Manuscripts may be rejected at this stage or returned to authors for resubmission before the review process. Additionally, authors may be provided with opportunities for mentorship (at this stage or after the first round of review). The journal offers this mentorship route for emerging academics who feel that they may need assistance in getting their paper published.
JARER strives to play a developmental role in real estate related research in Africa. As such, the peer-review process differs from most other journals and the editors and editorial team typically play a more hands on role and work closely with authors in developing their research papers. As mentioned above, we also offer mentors who are experienced academics to personally assist authors in developing their research should they request it. This means that there may be several iterations of reviews and resubmissions before a decision is made regarding your manuscript. Additional (more minor) revisions may still be required once the editors have made a final decision to accept a paper. These additional revisions relate to the structure and editorial elements of the paper and do not relate to the research content.
As a result, our publication process is different to most other journals and is outlined below:
- Preliminary review performed by editors. This is a high-level initial review to make sure that the paper is aligned with the scope of the journal and is appropriate for an academic audience. A plagiarism test is also performed at this stage of the publication process. This typically takes one to two days.
- Blind peer review following submission (This stage takes a maximum of two months). Reviewers are carefully selected based on their familiarity and experience with the topic of the research paper. We have a large editorial board (20 members excluding the journal editors) with a broad range and expertise and experience. The blind peer review focusses primarily on the content of the paper, the theoretical underpinnings and the quality of the research and findings. Often, the language, structure and flow of the content of the articles is often requires more work to be passable in an international publication. As a result, the peer-review process focusses on the quality of the content and its merit as a research contribution. Language, structural and style elements are addressed once the reviewers are satisfied with the core elements of the paper. This is typically undertaken in the copyediting stage of the publication process.
- After the review process a preliminary decision on the manuscript (based on reviewers' reports) is communicated to the authors.
If Major Revisions are required:
-Upon resubmission, the paper is sent back to the initial reviewers for a second round of review. The reviewers are required to check that the authors have adequately responded to comments made by the reviewers. Authors are required to track the changes they have made to the paper and provide a separate document outlining how they have addressed each reviewers’ comments. Additional revisions may be requested at this stage (this second review can take up to a month).
If Revisions are required:
- Upon resubmission, a further review is conducted by the journal editors. Authors are required to track the changes they have made to the paper and provide a separate document outlining how they have addressed each reviewers’ comments. The editors check that the authors have addressed the comments of the reviewers and this review takes up to two weeks. Please note that additional revisions may be requested at this stage (please allow one month for this review to take place).
- Once the authors have addressed all comments raised by the reviewers and the editors are happy that the research is sound and the content is sufficient for publication, the paper will be accepted for publication. It is important to note that this is not final acceptance and the primary objective of notifying authors of acceptance is to communicate to the authors that we are satisfied with the merit of the research and that we are committed to publishing their paper in the journal. However, it is likely that the authors may be required to undertake further, more minor revisions after they have been notified of acceptance.
- Upon acceptance the manuscript undergoes an extensive copyediting process. Here, our editorial team will make minor edits and provide in-depth comments and suggestions regarding the structure and presentation of the paper.
- Once the editorial team's comments have been addressed and the edits have been approved by the author(s), the paper will be prepared for publication. Authors are responsible for all statements made and calculations provided in their published articles, including changes made in the process of copy editing. The edited manuscript will be sent to the corresponding author for a review and an approval prior to publication.
- Production editing and formatting so that the manuscript conforms to the publication style and standards of JARER.
- Final proofread and approval from author(s).
- Paper is published online as soon as the paper is ready and finalised. The paper is scheduled for publication in upcoming issue and once the issue is published it will be included in that issue.
The publication process typically takes between 6-12 months from submission to publication.