Submission Process

Consortia Academia takes advantage of the efficiency and faster turnaround of the submission, review and publishing processes of the e-journal system, while maintaining the high standards of excellence in traditional, formal, academic journals. Furthermore, as with all formal academic journals, peer review is necessary and required in order to optimize the overall quality and methodological robustness of the final published draft of accepted manuscript. Hence, all articles published in Consortia Academia shall have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and blind refereeing by at least two anonymous referees. Lastly, Consortia Academia is committed to high academic standards, treating publication as a collaborative process between Author, Reviewers and Editors.

Note: Author refers to the corresponding author who is responsible for handling submission and revision of a manuscript, and who may or may not be the lead author listed in the manuscript.

Submission process:

  1. Author/s check whether paper is fit for the journals themes.
  2. Format paper using the Live Template and complete the Author Form.
  3. Email your paper and the Author Form to the corresponding subject area editors. Editors shall email back a confirmation letter.
  4. The Editor then views the submission and evaluates it for technical compliance with the basic journal standards for focus and scope, formatting, length and style, and English comprehensibility as outlined in the Author’s Submission Guidelines.
  5. The Editor then decides whether the manuscript will be sent out for review, or will be returned to the Author for technical revisions or advised to submit to another journal. For technical revisions, normally the Author is given two weeks (14 days) to revise the manuscript. If extra time is needed, the Author needs to email and notify the Editor.
  6. After the revisions, the Editor then evaluates the subject matter of the submission and accordingly contacts potential reviewers based on his/her judgment of their expertise and skill in evaluating some or all of the content in the submission.
  7. If any Reviewer(s) decline to perform the review, alternates will be consulted until at least two Reviewers are set for the manuscript. Typically, a submission will have three Reviewers (including the Editor), but more may be recruited.
  8. Each Reviewer independently evaluates the manuscript according to the criteria explicitly stated in the Review Guidelines, normally within two to three weeks (14-21 days). Each Reviewer provides his/her general and specific comments and makes one of the following recommendations to the Editor:
    – Accept in present form
    – Accept with minor revisions, no further review requested unless major changes are made in accordance with other reviews (at the discretion of the Editor).
    – Accept with minor revisions, but send the revised manuscript back for further review.
    – Accept with major revisions, automatic further review of the manuscript unless the reviewer requests otherwise.
    – Reject. Further review of the manuscript by a Reviewer is possible if the Editor decides against the reviewer’s rejection recommendation, unless that Reviewer requests otherwise.
  9. Once reviews are complete, the Editor emails the Author the reviews and comments for revision of the manuscript, as necessary based on those recommendations and the Editor’s decision in Step 8.
  10. If revision is advised, upon receiving the notification, the Author will have to respond through email if he/she is willing to undertake the revision. Typically, the Author needs to return the revised manuscript within a month (30 days). However, if the Author needs more time to revise the manuscript, an email should be sent to notify the Editor. (NOTE: Failure to meet the deadline will result in the Author having to submit the revised paper as a new submission).
  11. The Author revises and email back the final file with revisions made marked (or highlighted) for easy determination.
  12. The Editor then decides whether the manuscript will be sent for second review as per decision made in Step 8.
  13. The accepted article then undergoes the layout process and the uncorrected draft sent to the Author for approval.
  14. Upon acceptance of the uncorrected draft, a final offprint version shall be uploaded into the Online First section, awaiting final assignment of Volume and Issue number.
  15. Print copies of the journal can be requested in advance with corresponding charges.

NOTE: Duration of the entire review to publication process usually takes around 45 to 60 days.