Kurdistan Journal of Applied Research process is "Double Blind peer-review". All submitted manuscripts will be initially evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief to determine if they are suitable for publication. If the article requires further revisions before undergoing a full peer review, such as the need for additional references, unclear structure, poor writing quality, or English assistance, the manuscript will be returned to the author. The author will receive feedback on the manuscript's strengths and weaknesses, along with suggestions for revisions. Manuscripts may be rejected by the editors if they lack originality, contain major scientific flaws, require significant language improvements, or fall outside the journal's scope.
After passing the initial evaluation, manuscripts are sent to at least two external peer reviewers who are qualified and knowledgeable enough to assess the paper's scientific quality. These reviewers must not have any conflicts of interest. The article handling editor is responsible for selecting the peer reviewers. While authors can suggest reviewers, the final decision rests with the editors.
The handling editor will make a decision on the manuscript (whether to accept, reject, or request revisions - either major or minor) after reviewing all the reports submitted by the reviewers. The editorial decision, along with the reviewers' reports, will be sent to the authors. It's important to note that even if one reviewer has positive feedback, the concerns raised by another reviewer could lead to the rejection of the manuscript. The editorial decision on a manuscript is made independently, and editors or board members are not involved in the decision-making process for their own work.
Authors will have up to four weeks to make revisions based on the reviewers' comments otherwise the manuscript will be withdraw automatically.
A manuscript returned more than one month later will generally be regarded as newly submitted and will be given a new receipt date with new round of review.
To ensure that revisions are easily identifiable, authors should use highlighting techniques such as colored font. In addition, authors must respond to the reviewers' comments and provide a detailed account of the changes made, including specific line numbers and modifications. If the revisions do not meet the requirements, the manuscript will be sent back to the authors for further correction and resubmission. Some articles may undergo multiple rounds of peer review.
On average, the submission-to-first-decision time is approximately six weeks, while the submission-to-final-decision time is approximately ten weeks.