Peer Review Process

Articles in this journal have undergone a rigorous double-blind peer review system, based on initial editor screening and involving in-country and international refereeing, ensures that articles meet the standards of quality. Reviewers do not know the identity of the author(s), & the author(s) do not know the identity of the reviewer. 

Plagiarism Policy
Asian Business Review (ABR) will check plagiarism for all the submitted articles before starting the review. If the plagiarism is observed by the editorial staff, editors, or by peer reviewers at any stage of the publication process, it could be rejected based on the percentile of plagiarism occurred. If more than 10% of the paper is plagiarized- the article will be rejected and the same is notified to the author. 
All articles submitted to this journal are initially assessed (in-house screening) by the EIC for overall suitability for the journal. ABR uses online tools to detect plagiarism in the manuscript. The EIC will use the Turnitin, Grammarly, and Paperrater software for checking the originality of submissions received. 

New submissions go through an in-house quality control check to ensure adherence to our policies and requirements, including:
  • relevance with the journal scope
  • competing interests
  • citation and referencing
The journal ensures that the peer reviewers are not belonging to its editorial team or the publishing house. Manuscripts will not be seen by an associate editor or peer reviewers until they pass this check.

If an article is deemed suitable it is assigned to an Editorial Board Member (Associate Editor) who scrutinizes the article even more closely, who decides whether or not the article is suitable for peer review. If the associate editor feels that the article is not yet ready for peer-review, he sends it back to the Author with an explanation of why the article is not ready and what might help it to be more suitable for the journal.

The time required for the review process is dependent on the response of the referees. Submissions considered suitable for peer review are assigned to a minimum of two independent experts, who assess the article for clarity, validity, and sound methodology. Asian Business Review operates the review process which is expected to take a period of around 40 to 60 days. Reviewers are asked to provide formative feedback, even if an article is not deemed suitable for publication in the journal.

Reviewers will be asked to consider whether or not the submission is suitable for the Asian Business Review audience. If necessary, revised manuscripts may be returned to the initial reviewers, usually within 1 month. Associate Editors may request more than one revision of a manuscript, and alternative reviewers may also be invited to review the manuscript at any time. Based on the reviewer reports the associate editor will make a recommendation for rejection, minor or major revisions, or acceptance. And based on the associate editor's recommendation EIC will make the final decision. Overall editorial responsibility rests with the journal’s Editor-in-Chief, who is supported by an Associate Editor.
​Reviewers will make one of four recommendations:
  • Accept submission: no revisions are required other than those that would normally be carried out during the copy-editing/proof-reading process.
  • Revisions required: the submission would be acceptable for publication if minor revisions were made as outlined in your reviewer's comments. The editorial team will be responsible for checking that the revisions have been completed satisfactorily.
  • Resubmit for review: the submission is relevant for the ABR audience and has the potential to be of publishable quality. It requires major revisions and should be resubmitted for review.
  • Decline submission: the submission is unfortunately not relevant for the ABR audience.

The authors will receive an unsigned copy of the referees’ reports and the editor's pen.

  • Acceptance and rejection notification will be sent to all authors.
  • Once accepted for publication, the corresponding author is encouraged to send the revised version of the manuscript.
  • Authors should submit only papers that have been carefully proofread and polished.
  • Before revised the submission, it should ensure that the submission is prepared after proofreading and grammar checking according to the editor's pen. This ensures fast processing and publication.

When revising your manuscript and responding to peer review comments address all points raised by the editor and reviewers, describe the revisions to your manuscript in your response letter, clearly show the major revisions in the text, and return the revised submission and revision cover letter within the time period the editor tells you. Suggested to use the Response letter template from Edanz to make writing your reply easier.

The final decision and time to publication
The Associate Editor is responsible for the recommendation to reject or accept the manuscript for publication. This decision will be sent to the author along with any recommendations made by the referees. Please note we may forward accepted papers for legal review if appropriate. After acceptance of the revised submission, it currently takes 1 week to get a citable, uncorrected draft of the article online, another 2-3 weeks to get the final corrected article online, and a few weeks later this is compiled into an online volume and issue.