Publication Ethics

Publication Ethics

The policy of peer review

The corresponding or submitting author submits the paper to the journal. This is usually via an online system. Occasionally, journals may accept submissions by email. The Editorial office checks the paper’s composition and arrangement against the journal’s Author Guidelines to make sure it includes the required sections and stylizations.  The manuscripts submitted for publication to AJMENRM are Cross-checked for Similarity Index using iThenticate. Manuscripts found to be plagiarized during initial stages are out-rightly rejected and not considered for publication in the journal.

The Editor-in-Chief (EIC), checks whether the paper is appropriate African Journal of Mining, Entrepreneurship and Natural Resource Management (AJMENRM), employs double-blind reviewing, where both, reviewers and authors, remain anonymous throughout the process. The peer-review process takes place entirely on the AJMENRM Editorial Management Platform, where all reviewers are registered as well. Reviewers are chosen from the Journals reviewers list or, when necessary, after an online search, according to their expertise. 

Reviewers are asked to evaluate the manuscripts originality, methodology, contribution to the literature, presentation of results and support for the conclusions, and appropriate referencing of previous relevant studies. They might accept the manuscript, reject the manuscript or might require a minor or major revision for style and/or content. For the publication of papers, two positive reviews are required. In case one reviewers report is negative while the other is positive, the paper is forwarded to a third reviewer for additional evaluation.

When a revision is recommended by the reviewer or reviewers, the author(s) are obliged to proceed to make those proposed adjustments to their paper, taking into consideration their specific feedback and suggestions, and then resubmit the revised version of the manuscript within a week. Revised manuscripts resubmitted after this deadline of one week will be considered as a new submission and the peer review process will start from the beginning. Reviewers may request more than one revision of a manuscript. Manuscripts, which are not accepted for publication are not resent back to their authors. To facilitate timely publication, referees are asked to complete their reviews within one week. Based on the reviewers comments and the Associate Editors recommendation, the Editor-in-Chief makes a final decision on the acceptability of the manuscript, and communicates to the authors the decision, along with reviewers reports.

The author(s) that submit a paper to the African Journal of Mining, Entrepreneurship and Natural Resource Management is considered as accepting all the above-mentioned peer review conditions and procedures.