Peer Review Process
Manuscripts submitted to RIOT will undergo a selection and assessment process by the Editorial Board to ensure their accordance with the writing guideline, aim and scope, and that they are of excellent academic quality. The manuscripts will be reviewed using the blind peer review method in which case the authors will don't know the reviewer's identities.
At the desk review stage, manuscripts will be examined to ensure that they have met the writing guideline, focus, and scope with excellent academic quality. If they do not meet the conditions, the author will be allowed to revise their manuscript according to the given criteria. However, there is also the possibility that the manuscript will be directly rejected. The desk review will be done within 3 days.
When the manuscript has passed the desk review stage, it will then be delivered to two reviewers who are experts in the field of the submitted manuscript. The review process will be done within three weeks. Manuscripts that did not successfully pass the desk review process will not proceed to this stage.
The reviewers will provide the following recommendations:
- Accepted; means that the manuscript is acceptable for publication.
- Accepted with minor revisions; implies that the manuscript is acceptable for publication once it is revised in response to the reviewers’ concerns.
- Accepted with major revisions; means that substantive inadequacies in the manuscript, such as data analysis, the main theory used, and rewriting of paragraphs, need to be revised.
- Rejected; means that the manuscript is not acceptable for publication or the given reviews relate to fundamental issues.
The reviewer’s decision will be considered by the Editorial Team to determine the ensuing process of the manuscript.
Once the manuscript has been received with notations of minor or major revisions, it will be returned to the author with a review summary form. For manuscripts accepted with major revisions, authors are allotted two weeks to revise. Whereas for manuscripts accepted with minor revisions, one week is allotted for revision.
At this stage, the manuscript will be re-evaluated by the Editorial Team to ensure that the author has revised in response to the reviewers’ concerns. In this final decision, the manuscript may still be rejected if the author did not seriously conduct the revisions necessary.
Once the manuscript has been deemed acceptable by the Section Editors, it will undergo a proofreading process to maintain linguistic quality.
At this stage, the final layout of the manuscript will be resent to the author to ensure that the content is in accordance with the author’s writing. At this stage, the author may revise any typographical error found in the final manuscript. Once confirmation from the author is given, the Section Editors will process the manuscript for online publication on the website.