The Double blind peer-review process of paradigms is completed in 10 steps. These are as follows:
1. Submission of Paper
The corresponding author submits a manuscript to Paradigms journal using online One-manuscript. An email is forwarded to the corresponding author with an allocated manuscript number as an acknowledgment.
2. Editorial office
Editorial office evaluates the manuscript based on the following points and submits the assessment report to the editor. At this stage, editorial office checks the similarity and manuscript preparation as per authors’ guidelines. Quality and significance of manuscript is not checked at this stage.
3. Appraisal by the Editor
The editor checks the report submitted by the editorial office and evaluates the manuscript on the basis of following points to ensure the quality, significance, and its contribution to relevant literature. If a manuscript fails to establish the elements of originality, significance, relevant contribution, or manuscript is indicating contradiction with aims & scope of journal it might be rejected at the desk.
a. Aims & Scope
b. Significance and Contribution
c. Relevance with Journal
4. Associate Editor
An email forwarded to corresponding authors indicating whether their manuscript has been accepted for the triple blind peer-review process. Selected papers are forwarded to the associate editor, who handles the triple blind peer-review process.
5. Invitation to Reviewers
Associate editor sends invitation to two foreigners and one local reviewer related to the subject field for evaluation and review.
6. Response to Invitation
Potential reviewers consider the invitation as per their expertise, conflict of interest, availability of time and inform the editorial team.
7. Submission of Review
Allocated time to complete the review is two to three weeks after the receipt of paper. Before starting the review process, reviewers are requested to read the reviewer’s guidelines and instructions. Reviewers are requested to submit the review of manuscript using reviewer’s report sheet. Recommendations of reviewers include accepted (without change, with major, or minor changes) or rejected. Reviewers are requested to submit their review report using online One-manuscript.
8. Editorial Office Evaluation
Associate editor considers all the reviewers’ comments and a report is submitted to the editor before making the final decision. If assessments of reviewers differ widely, editorial office may invite another reviewer before making final decision.
Final decision is made by the editor and is forwarded to the corresponding author through an email, with all the comments and suggestions being made by the anonymous reviewer’s and the editor.
All accepted manuscripts are forwarded for publication in the upcoming volume/ issue.