Peer Review Policy

PEER REVIEW SYSTEM. UVJOR subjects the author’s scholarly work to the scrutiny of scholars with appropriate expertise. They are chosen from the pool of experts in a given field who are qualified and able to perform impartial review. They will perform content and methodologic screening and recommend acceptance or rejection for publication. The process encourages authors to meet the standards and prevents the dissemination of unwarranted claims, unacceptable interpretations and personal reviews.

Initial Screening. The board will initially choose articles for refereeing using the following criteria: (1) Quality and significance of contribution to knowledge and/or practice; (2) Technical appropriateness; and (3) Ethical consideration.

Quality and Significance of Contribution. The research article must obtain at least the passing rate of twenty five points (25/40) from the content quality evaluation to qualify for publication. There are eight (8) areas:
Picture
 
Ethical Consideration. The research article must obtain at least the passing rate of six points (5/9) to qualify for publication. The editorial board will rate the manuscripts according to: (1) Beneficence. Do not harm any of the subjects; (2) Justice. Substantial integrity of the research paper and equal treatment of the subjects; and (3) Respect. Informed consent, used its truest sentence, and insures privacy of the subjects. In addition, the board may ask for IRB clearance and other pertinent records.

Technical Appropriateness. The research article must obtain at least forty points (40/60) to qualify for publication. The editorial board will rate the manuscripts according to: (1) Title – The paper must state its title without any abbreviations; (2) Author/s’ Demographics – The paper must write the complete list of authors all in GMIS form, individual name of institution and country; (3) Abstract – The paper must no more than 250 words contains introduction, method, and result and discussion (IMRAD); (4) Introduction – The introduction is engaging, states the main topic and previews the structure of the paper; (5) Research Objectives – The paper must clearly and concisely states the paper’s purpose which is engaging, and thought provoking; (6) Body - Each paragraph must have a thoughtful supporting detail sentences that develop the main idea; (7) Organization and Structural Development of the Idea – The writer demonstrates logical and subtle sequencing of ideas through well-developed paragraphs and transitions are used appropriately; (8) Conclusion - The conclusion is engaging and restates the thesis; (9) Mechanics – The paper must have no errors in punctuation, capitalization and spelling; (10) Usage – The paper must have no errors in sentence structure and in word usage; (11) In-Text Citation - All cited works, both text and visual are done carefully; (12) Reference List – The paper must include more than ten (10) major references all in APA Format. The author/s will be notified once the paper submitted for publication is rejected for the initial screening.
 
External Review. Manuscripts accepted from the initial screening will proceed to the next step. The board will identify two independent (external) content experts who will appraise the manuscripts according to: (1) Significance of contribution to knowledge and/or practice; (2) Substance of the content; and (3) Clarity of exposition. Reviewers will enumerate explicit suggestions. The suggestions will be consolidated by the publication officer. When comments are contradictory, the editor-in-chief may intervene. A third referee may be invited if the editor-in-chief cannot arrive in a decision. The consolidated report will be communicated to the authors.

Double-Blind Process. UV Journal of Research operates a strictly double blinded peer review process in which author/s and reviewers’ names are withheld to each other.

​Referee Recruitment. The peer reviewers will be chosen according to their subject and major concentration.

Qualification of Reviewer. Reviewers must have at least 5 researches for the last consecutive 5 years published in refereed journals. Each of them will be invited according to their subject and major concentration. All reviewers are external. Selection of reviewers is the responsibility of the editorial board. UVJOR have a pool of invited reviewers. If there are no identified/qualified experts from the pool to review the submitted paper, the editorial board, with the assistance of the publication officer, will facilitate identification and invitation. If the board cannot identify one, especially when academic topics are highly-specialized, author’s inputs may be solicited in enumerating a list of experts in the specific specialized field.

Scoring System. The research manuscripts will be rated according to the evaluation criteria of UVJOR.

Picture

The mean will be determined by summating all scores and dividing it by the number of referees. If one referee rejects the paper without the option to resubmit, automatically, the article is rejected. A notification will be sent to the author/s for their information. If the article obtained an average score of 2.00, automatically, the article is rejected. A notification will be sent to the author/s for their information. If the article obtained an average score of 2.01 and above, the Editorial Board will send a letter to the author/s concerning on either:
           - for minor revision;
           - for major revision; or
           - advise the author for resubmission. 
Even if the article obtained an average score of 5.00, the author/s still needs to integrate all suggestions.
Rejected articles are advised to submit their manuscripts to another journal publication.
  
Transmittal of Comments. After careful scrutiny, the editorial board will notify the author/s whether their manuscripts are accepted or rejected. The summary of consolidated comments will be attached to the letter together with the plagiarism check results. Author/s are usually given fifteen (15) days to comply with the suggestions. The editorial board may also communicate their own comments.

Finalization of the Journal Entries by the Board. The Board decides for the final entries for publication.
 
GRAMMAR CHECK. UVJOR utilize Grammarly to aid in guarding the quality of sentence structure of accepted manuscripts for publication. It is a comprehensive grammar editing tool that checks the text for the proper use of more than 250 common and advanced grammar rules. Grammatical errors are categorized, clearly displayed, and organized for review and revision.

PLAGIARISM CHECK. The UVJOR will utilize the turnitin originality checker to determine the Similarity Index. It generates originality report by providing a summary of similar text form its data base. Direct Quotation and Reference Lists are excluded in the report. Only the content of the manuscript are considered for text matching.

Similarity Check. Turnitin recommends that the final arbiter in excluding materials should be based from human judgment. The editor-in-chief determines which materials are not contextually related to the submitted manuscript and manually excludes them in the report. Matches less than 6 words are also excluded.

Originality Scoring. Manuscript with an originality rating of 90% and above will be published without revision. A rating of 51% to 89% will be returned to the authors for revision. Ratings below 51 will be rejected for publication. Transmittal of Similarity Index Result. The report will be printed and transmitted to the author/s for manuscript revision.