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SRJ Publishing Process

SRJ publishing process entails the process of publishing manuscripts that meet the general requirement of significance and scientific excellence for the overall benefit of different categories of scholars/researchers in the scientific community. All accepted works are published as regular articles, short communications or review articles.

SRJ are based on some form of peer review or editorial refereeing to qualify texts for publication. SRJ are somewhat interdisciplinary, and publish works from several distinct fields or subfields. Along with the variation in review and publication procedures in each of the journals, the kinds of publications that are accepted as contributions to knowledge or research differ greatly among fields and subfields.

SRJ publishes its manuscripts using the open access model, in such a way that all articles are made freely available to the international community for a modest publication fee paid by the author or the author's institution or funder.

Like other open-access journals, we do not charge subscription fees to readers or libraries. We cover the costs partially through article processing fees.

Our expenses are split among editorial costs, electronic composition and production, journal information system, manuscript management system, electronic archiving, overhead expenses, and administrative costs. Moreover, we must cover the costs of publishing the accepted article plus the cost of reviewing articles the journals reject for each accepted article. 

The experience of SRJ and other open-access journals clearly indicates that researchers and their host institutions and funding agencies are willing to pay reasonable and affordable article processing fees for the sake of faster and fairer access and greater exposure of their work.

Submission of paper

Usually, in academic publishing, a paper is an academic work that is usually published in an academic journal. It contains original research results or reviews existing results. Such a paper, also called an article, will only be considered valid if it undergoes a process of peer review by one or more referees (who are academics in the same field) in order to check that the content of the paper is suitable for publication in the journal. Typically, all papers submitted to SRJ may undergo a series of reviews, edits and re-submissions before finally being accepted or rejected for publication. This process normally takes about two weeks.

SRJ peer review

Peer review is a fundamental concept to SRJ. It is the practice of SRJ to ensure that submitted manuscripts are sufficiently high in quality for them to merit publication. The process also guards against plagiarism.

SRJ publishing process

The process of publishing by SRJ is divided into two distinct phases. The process of peer review is organized by the journal editor and is complete when the content of the article, together with any associated images or figures, are accepted for publication. Once peer review has been completed, the original author(s) of the article will modify their submission in line with the reviewers' comments, and this is sometimes repeated until the editor is satisfied. The production process, controlled by an SRJ production editor, then takes an article through peer review, inclusion in a specific issue of a journal, and then online publication.

Citations/References

It is expected that all authors making submission to SRJ should cite the sources they have used. This gives credit to authors whose work they use and avoids plagiarism. It also provides support for their assertions and arguments and helps readers to find more information on the subject. SRJ accepts the following formats for citations: APA, CMS, and MLA styles.

The American Psychological Association (APA) style is often used in the social sciences. The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) is used in business, communications, economics, and history. The CMS style uses footnotes at the bottom of page to help readers locate the sources. The Modern Language Association (MLA) style is widely used in the humanities.

SRJ Categories of papers

Short Communications: These are short descriptions of important current research findings that are usually fast-tracked for immediate publication because they are considered urgent.  SRJ considers Short Communications as appropriate for recording the results of complete small investigations or giving details of new models or hypotheses, innovative methods, techniques or apparatus. The style of main sections need not conform to that of full-length papers. Short communications are 2 to 4 printed pages.

Regular articles: These should explain original and carefully confirmed findings, and experimental procedures should be given in ample detail for others to verify the work. The length of a full paper should be the minimum required to describe and interpret the work clearly. Regular articles are usually between five and twenty pages and are complete descriptions of current original research findings.

Review articles: Submissions of reviews and perspectives covering topics of current interest are welcome and encouraged. Reviews should be concise and no longer than 4-6 printed pages (about 12 to 18 manuscript pages). Reviews manuscripts are also peer-reviewed. Review articles do not cover original research but rather accumulate the results of many different articles on a particular topic into a coherent narrative about the state of the art in that field. Review articles should provide information about the topic and also provide journal references to the original research. Reviews may be entirely narrative, or may provide quantitative summary estimates.

SRJ Open Access Model

The Standard Research Journals Open Access Model refers to the unrestricted online access to articles published in her journals. SRJ is a strong advocate and apologist of the Open access model because she believes that it helps researchers by opening up free access to articles that their libraries do not subscribe to. One of the great beneficiaries of open access may be users in developing countries, where currently some universities find it difficult to pay for subscriptions required to access Close Access journals. All researchers benefit from Open Access Journals as no library can afford to subscribe to every scientific journal and most can only afford a small fraction of them.

Open Access extends the reach of research beyond its immediate academic circle. An Open Access article can be read by anyone – a professional in the field, a researcher in another field, a journalist, a politician or civil servant, or any interested person.

Research funding agencies and universities want to ensure that the research they fund and support in various ways has the greatest possible research impact.

Open access to scholarly research is important for a number of reasons. One of the arguments for public access to the scholarly literature is that most of the research is paid for by taxpayers through government grants, who therefore have a right to access the results of what they have funded. Additionally, professionals in many fields may be interested in continuing education in the research literature of their field, and many businesses and academic institutions cannot afford to purchase articles from or subscriptions to much of the research literature that is published under a fee access model.

Even those who do not read scholarly articles benefit indirectly from open access. For example, patients benefit when their doctor and other health care professionals have access to the latest research. As argued by open access advocates, open access speeds research progress, productivity, and knowledge transaction. Every researcher in the world can read an article, not just those whose library can afford to subscribe to the particular journal in which it appears. Faster discoveries benefit everyone. High school and junior college students can gain the information literacy skills critical for the knowledge age. Open Access is faster, often immediate, making it more suitable than interlibrary loan for high paced research.

In developing nations, open access archiving and publishing acquires a unique importance. Scientists, health care professionals, and institutions in developing nations often do not have the capital necessary to access scholarly literature.

Many librarians have been vocal and active advocates of open access. These librarians believe that open access promises to remove both the price barriers and the permission barriers that undermine library efforts to provide access to the journal literatures. Librarians also educate faculty, administrators, and others about the benefits of open access.

Indeed, the Standard Research Journals (SRJ) provides instant open access to its content in such a way that makes research articles freely available to the international community, meaning;

  • Everyone has free and unlimited access to the full-text of articles published in Standard Research Journals; manuscripts are freely available without subscription or price barriers;
  • Papers are immediately released in open access format (no long waiting periods);
  • Open Access publication is supported by authors' institutes or research funding agency by payment of a comparatively low Article Processing Fee (APF) for accepted articles.

Benefits of SRJ Open Access Model to Authors

  • High Visibility and High Availability - free and unlimited accessibility of the publication over the internet without any restrictions.
  • Frequency of citation -open Access publications are more frequently cited due to their high publicity and availability.
  • Ease of Access -Publications are also more easily accessible and searchable in search engines and indexing databases.
  • Less Costly - the cost of editorial processing and editing fee of each accepted paper is charged to authors' institutes or research funding agency. The cost of processing and the publication of an article is covered through the one-time payment of an Article Processing Fee (APF) for each accepted article.
  • Rapid Publication - accepted papers are immediately published online.

Little wonder then that one major request of researchers across the world is unrestricted access to research publications. This is because, Open Access gives a worldwide audience larger than that of any subscription-based journal and thus increases the visibility and impact of published works. It also enhances indexing, retrieval power and eliminates the need for permissions to reproduce and distribute content. SRJ is fully committed to the Open Access Initiative and will provide free access to all articles as soon as they are published


 

 
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