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All submissions to the Journal of Social and Psychological Sciences are initially reviewed by its editor-in-chief.  At this stage, manuscripts may be rejected without undergoing peer review should they fail to conform to formatting standards, or if it is felt that they are not relevant to the journal’s scope.

Once passed initial screening, papers are then forwarded to a section editor who examines it for any fatal design flaws, lack of originality, inappropriate replications, or any other major concerns.  If appropriate, papers will then be sent out for peer review, usually to two independent reviewers.  In turn, reviewers will provide comments and recommendations to the section editor, who at this point may recommend rejection or acceptance.  The manuscript and reviewers’ comments are then made available to the editor-in-chief for a final decision to the authors.

If accepted, manuscripts are then sent back to corresponding author for revision (if necessary) according to reviewers’ guidelines.  Authors will then have 6 weeks to complete revision and return revised manuscripts to section editor.  Failure to return manuscripts within this period will lock the author out of the re-submitting revision process.

If a manuscript has been rejected it can only be resubmitted with an invitation from section editor or editor-in-chief.  All revised versions of previously rejected manuscripts are treated as new submissions.