Peer Review Process

Manuscripts submitted to the Sunan Ampel International Conference of Political and Social Sciences (SAICoPSS) will go through a selection and assessment process by the Editorial Board to ensure they comply with writing guidelines, focus and scope, and have excellent academic quality. Manuscripts will be reviewed using a double-blind peer review method where neither the author nor the reviewer knows each other's identity.

Desk Review. At the desk review stage, the manuscript will be checked to ensure it meets the writing guidelines, focus and scope with excellent academic quality. If it does not meet the requirements, the author will be given the opportunity to revise the manuscript according to the criteria provided. However, there is also a possibility that the manuscript will be rejected outright.

Peer review. When the manuscript has passed the desk review stage, it will then be submitted to two reviewers who are experts in the field of the submitted manuscript. The review process will be carried out within three weeks. Manuscripts that do not successfully pass the desk review process will not proceed to this stage.

Reviewer's verdict. Reviewers will provide the following recommendations:

Accepted; means the manuscript can be accepted for publication;

Accepted with minor revisions; means that the manuscript can be accepted for publication after revisions in response to the reviewers' concerns;

Accepted with major revisions; means that substantive deficiencies in the manuscript, such as data analysis, main theories used, and paragraph rewriting, need to be revised;

Rejected; means the manuscript cannot be accepted for publication or the review provided relates to very fundamental issues.

The reviewer's decision will be considered by the Editorial Board to determine the next process for the manuscript.

Revision Stage. Once the manuscript has been accepted with notations of minor or major revisions, it will be returned to the author with a review summary form. For manuscripts accepted with major revisions, authors are given three weeks to revise. Meanwhile, for manuscripts received with minor revisions, one week is given for revision. When returning a revised manuscript, the author is required to fill out and attach a review summary form.

Final decision. At this stage, the manuscript will be re-evaluated by the Editorial Board to ensure that the authors have revised it in response to the reviewers' concerns. In this final decision, the manuscript can still be rejected if the author is not serious about carrying out the necessary revisions.

Corrected. Once the manuscript is deemed acceptable by the Editorial Board, the manuscript will undergo a proofreading process to maintain linguistic quality.

Confirm publication. At this stage, the final layout of the manuscript will be sent back to the author to ensure that the contents match the author's writing. At this stage, the author can revise any typos found in the final manuscript. Once confirmation from the author is provided, the Editorial Secretary will process the manuscript for online publication on the website as well as print publication.