Focus and Scope
The International Forum is an internationally double-blind peer-reviewed journal published electronically twice yearly by the Graduate School of the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS). Its first issue was published in October 1998. The Journal deals with academic themes of interest to an interdisciplinary audience, for both national and international readership. The purpose of International Forum is to provide scholars and interested professionals with a forum for disseminating original research and theoretical discussions focusing primarily, but not solely, on the needs of the Asia-Pacific region. It provides an opportunity for novice scholars (both graduate students and inexperienced faculty) to hone their research and writing skills. It focuses on current themes related to Business, Education, and Public Health. Views and opinions expressed in the International Forum represent those of the authors and not necessarily the views and opinions of the editors or the Graduate School. This open-access journal is accessible at http://Internationalforum.aiias.edu.
Peer Review Process
Type of Review. International Forum relies on double blind reviews. This means that the author never knows who reviewed his/her manuscript and the reviewers do not have access to the identity of the author until the paper is in the final edits stage.
Internal Review. When a manuscript is submitted, the editor primarily decides whether the manuscript is generally suitable for the journal based on the three fields (Business, Education, and Public Health), the theme, originality, and the general structure of the paper. The internal review process then begins. This includes members of the Internal Review Board who are experts of the three different fields (Business, Education, and Public Health). It is after a manuscript has been accepted at this first level of the review that the author can continue the process that will lead to the complete external review.
External Review. If the manuscript is accepted in the internal review process and the author effectively integrates the recommendations in the revision process, the manuscript is sent to two to four external reviewers. More than 50% must give an acceptance motion for publication for the manuscript to move towards final publication. If the majority of the reviewers reject the paper, the paper is removed from the publication process. The author is informed about the decision. If a rejected paper is resubmitted for future publication in International Forum, it will have to undergo a complete review as a brand new article.
Recruitment of Reviewers. The Internal Review Board, made of faculty and few doctoral students of the Graduate School, is in charge of recommending names of potential external reviewers. The editor contacts each recruit and explains the responsibilities involved in the review. The editor checks the credentials of the candidates. If the candidate meets all the minimum requirements, the editor sends him/her a note of appointment. If someone with proper credentials would like to become an external reviewer for International Forum, the person is encouraged to write to the editor.
An external reviewer is appointed for an unlimited length of time. This appointment may be terminated, however, if (a) the external reviewer fails to continue providing high standard service to the journal or (b) decides to resign from this responsibility.
In considering the appointment of external reviewers of International Forum, preference is given to candidates who meet the following criteria: (a) hold a doctoral degree in the field of Business, Education, or Public Health; (b) have done some publication in his/her field of specialization; and (c) have experience working in his/her field of specialization.
Reviewer’s Responsibilities. It is the responsibility of the reviewer to (a) provide timely constructive feedback (within 1 to 2 weeks), (b) objectively evaluate the manuscript, (c) uphold the highest standard of scholarly writing, (d) continue to publish articles and/or books in his/her field.
The International Forum covers two issues yearly. Every year, the Graduate School holds an international conference based on current themes in Business, Education, and Public Health. This conference draws a large number of manuscripts that are worthy of further dissemination through publication. Select papers are included in the editorial process for publication in the April issue. The October issue is usually on an alternate theme, broadly defined to accommodate papers on different topics.
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
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