THE EDITORIAL PROCESS

All manuscripts submitted to the journal must be original contributions submitted to JPCC alone, must not be previously published, already accepted for publication, or under consideration for publication elsewhere. After acceptance in the journal, the manuscript must not be published elsewhere in any form, without prior permission of the editor-in-chief or publisher. All the manuscript submitted to the JPCC receives individual identification code and would initially be reviewed by the editors for suitability for publication. Manuscripts with insufficient originality, serious scientific or technical flaws, or lack of a significant message are returned back before proceeding for formal peer-review. Manuscripts found suitable for publication are sent to two or more expert reviewers for peer-review. The selection of these reviewers is at the sole discretion of the editor.

The journal follows a double-blind review process, wherein the reviewers and authors are unaware of each other’s identity. After receiving the reviewer’s report/comments, the report will be communicated to the authors for possible corrections. Authors will be directed to submit revised manuscript within the time limit, along with a point by point response to reviewers’ comments. We ensure speedy publication of the submitted articles and target to finish the initial review process within 4-6 weeks. However, this time period can change depending upon the quality of the manuscript submitted, reviewer’s response and time taken by the authors to submit the revised manuscript.

ARTICLE PROOFS AND REPRINTS:

Manuscripts accepted for publication are copy edited for grammar, punctuation, print style, and format Proofs are sent to the corresponding author, together with a reprint order form approximately 2 weeks prior to the publication. Authors should retain a copy of the original manuscript. Only printer’s errors may be corrected; no changes in, or additions to, the edited manuscript will be allowed at this stage, unless in reply to specific editorial queries or requests. Corrected proofs must be returned within 48 hours of receipt, preferably by e mail or fax. If the publisher has not received a reply after this period, the assumption will be made that there are no errors to correct, and the article will be published after in-house correction. The reprint order form (with number of reprints requested, invoice and delivery address) should be returned with the corrected proof. Reprints may be ordered prior to publication on the form provided. The designated reviewing author will be responsible for ordering reprints for all authors. Reprints ordered after publication of the journal can be ordered at increased cost by special arrangement. The publisher (IOS press) will provide to authors with a free watermarked PDF file of their article.