Peer Review Policy


  1. Review Policy
  2. Initial Manuscript Evaluation
  3. Field / Section Editor
  4. Type of Peer Review
  5. How the referee is selected
  6. Review Reports
  7. How long does the review process take?
  8. Final report
  9. Editor’s Decision is final
  10. Becoming a referee for IJPES


  1. Review Policy

IJPES will continue to be published online four times a year (January, April, July and October) starting in January 2021. Manuscripts can be submitted in English. All manuscripts submitted for publication will undergo rigorous peer review, based on an initial editor screening (format of the manuscript, originality of the study, language used) and then a double blind review process by at least two anonymous reviewers.

The reviewers are usually chosen from either the Editorial Board, or the Reviewers Panel. Typically, the editor will seek reviewers’ feedback before considering your submission for publication. In that case, the editor will wait until he/she receives all reviewer comments on your submission. The editor will then email you directly with a decision. Editorial Board is the only authority to enable the communication between the author(s) and the manuscript reviewers.

Manuscripts submitted to the International Journal of Psychology and Educational Studies (IJPES) undergo a process of “Desk Review “and “Peer   Review” before they are accepted and published. Our referees who are experts in the field of psychology, education and educational sciences play a vital role in maintaining the high standards for IJPES, and all manuscripts are peer-reviewed following the procedure outlined below.


  1. Initial Manuscript Evaluation

When a manuscript is submitted to the International Journal of Psychology and Educational Studies (IJPES), it first undergoes a preliminary check known as a desk review. The   Administrative Editor first evaluates all manuscripts submitted to journal. It is rare, but an exceptional manuscript or an invited paper can be accepted at this stage by Editor-in-Chief. The manuscript that do not   follow the format specified by the IJPES will be rejected at this stage are;

  • Inappropriate to IJPES Guidelines (i.e. Manuscript format is not appropriate),
  • Lack of originality, novelty, or significance (i.e. Results that are not generalizable,
  • Mismatch with the aims and scope of the journal (i.e. Topics that are not of interest to the journal’s   readership)
  • Have poor grammar or English language
  • Flaws in study design (i.e. Choice of a weak or unreliable method)
  • Poor Writing and Organization (i.e. insufficient explanation of the rationale for the study, inadequate   description of methods)


  1. Field / Section Editor

 Field/Section Editor initially assigned to a submission by an Editor. Filed/Section Editors manage the Review Process of submissions of those that are accepted. Editors send requests to Field/Section Editors to see a submission through the editorial process. Submissions to the IJPES that are assigned to the Section Editor by the Editor appear in that Section Editor's Submissions In Review queue. Section Editors have access to only those submissions to which they have been assigned. Section Editors can reject


  1. Type of Peer Review

International Journal of Psychology and Educational Studies (IJPES) uses double blind reviewing, where both the referee and author remain anonymous throughout the review process. Therefore, it is very important, all the manuscript files (including any supplemental Files for Review) has to be anonymised to allow for blinded review? Author/s should remove personal information, especially names from the main documents.


  1. How is The Reviewer selected?

Referees are chosen by the editors or by field/ section editors or members of the editorial board to whom the task has been delegated. Field/Section editors are responsible for assigning manuscripts to reviewers. Reviewers are matched to the manuscripts according to their expertise. IJPES journal management system allows field editors to choose from our database or add new reviewers.


  1. Review Reports

Reviewers are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript meets the criteria under the following dimension:

  1. Presentation
  2. The merit of the study
  3. Introduction to manuscript
  4. Methodology
  5. Results
  6. Relevance & Significance
  7. Discussion and Conclusion.
  8. References
  9. Supplementary Materials


  1. How Long Does the Review Process Take?

The time required for the review process is mainly dependent on the referees' response. The review process usually takes 3 to 8 months to complete depending on the number of rounds the reviews need to take place. Please do expect a slight delay if the review period overlaps with a long holiday or Summer/Winter break.

All manuscripts submitted for publication in IJPES will undergo rigorous peer review, based on an initial editor screening and then a blind review process by at least two anonymous referees. The section editors usually choose the reviewers from the journal reviewer pool. Normally, the editor will seek reviewer’s feedback before considering the authors’ submission for publication. In that case, the Editor will wait until he/she receives all reviewer comments on submission. If the reviewer’s reports contradict one another or a report is unnecessarily delayed, a further expert opinion will be sought? In rare cases for which it is extremely difficult to find a second referee to review the manuscript, or when the one referee’s report has thoroughly convinced the Editor, decisions at this stage to accept, reject or ask the author for a revision are made on the basis of only one referee’s report.


  1. Final Report

The Editor’s decision will be sent to the author with the referees' recommendations, which usually includes verbatim comments by the referees. Recommended actions:

  • ACCEPT: No revision is needed,
  • ACCEPT: Minor Revision is needed,
  • MAJOR REVISION: Suggest revision and resubmit
  • REJECT: (Provide reasons in the comments to the editors and authors)


  1. Editor’s Decision is final

Based on the Reviewers report Section Editors advise the Editor who is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article.


  1. Becoming a referee for IJPES

If you are not currently a referee for IJPES but would like to be considered as a referee, please contact the Editor. The benefits of refereeing for IJPES include the opportunity to read see and evaluate the latest work in your research area at an early stage and contribute to the overall integrity of scientific research and its published documentation.