Social Sciences Directory Editorial and Peer-Review Process
Each submission to Social Sciences Directory passes through a rigorous quality control and peer-review evaluation process before receiving a decision. The Social Sciences Directory criteria for publication are as follows:
- The study presents the results of primary scholarly research.
- Results reported have not been published elsewhere.
- Experiments, statistics, and other analyses are performed to a high technical standard and are described in sufficient detail.
- Conclusions are presented in an appropriate fashion and are supported by the data.
- The article is presented in an intelligible fashion and is written in standard English.
- The research meets all applicable standards of ethics and research integrity.
- The article adheres to appropriate reporting guidelines and community standards for data availability.
Once each manuscript has passed quality control, it is assigned to a member of the Editorial Board (or very occasionally an expert who is not a member of the Board), who takes responsibility as the Academic Editor for the submission. The Academic Editor is responsible for conducting the peer-review process and for making a decision to accept, invite revision of, or reject the article.
Our instructions for Peer Reviewers are to be found here. Currently, the majority of articles that are ultimately accepted for publication, are peer reviewed by the Academic Editors themselves (often in consultation with other members of the Editorial Board) to determine whether the paper meets the Social Sciences Directory criteria.
Authors can recommend specific Academic Editors, but Social Sciences Directory is not obliged to use that suggestion, and the identity of the Academic Editor is not revealed until a decision is rendered. The Academic Editor is also publicly identified on all published articles. If Peer Reviewers are willing, then they are also identified to the author at the time of decision.
These guidelines are adapted from the PLoS ONE website (http://www.plosone.org), published under the Creative Commons Attribution License
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