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Publishing System

APSC journals follow ‘Open Access’ policy as its publication system. As an alternative to traditional methods of publication, Open Access Publishing is an instant, global, and barrier-free way of dissemination of knowledge to the public. The process involves submission, review, authentication and finally publication. As a novel business model of academic publication, it enables the readers to access the full papers they wish to review in their area of interest. The readers are not charged for accessing the published material in Open Access publishing method. It is free to read, download, or make references to the material with no need to subscribe to the publisher where it was published. The publication fee is often paid by the writer’s research funds or institution.

Peer Review Processes

APC journals rely on the peer review process to uphold the quality and validity of individual articles and the journals that publish them. The peer review process can take anywhere between 12 weeks to 20 weeks. The aim of the review process is to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the article, in terms of originality, interest, up-to-dateness, coherence, and balanced argumentation. As such, all manuscripts submitted to the journals go through Double Blind Review.

  • Both the reviewer and the author are anonymous. Author anonymity prevents any reviewer bias, for example based on an author’s country of origin or previous controversial work.
  • Articles written by prestigious or renowned authors are considered on the basis of the content of their papers, rather than their reputation.
  • Reviewers can often identify the author through their writing style, subject matter or self-citation.

 

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