The Journal of Business and Management (JBM) published by School of Business, Pokhara University is a peer-reviewed publication highlighting the scholarly contributions of higher education faculties; as is the nature of refereed journals, acceptance and publication of original manuscripts is a competitive process. The following peer reviewer guidelines provide detailed information to assist reviewers in the thorough and systematic review of manuscripts submitted for potential publication in the journal. The reviewer’s task is to provide a complete, fair, thoughtful evaluation of manuscripts to ensure all published articles are of acceptable quality.
All submissions are evaluated by a double-blind, peer-review process. The procedures guiding the selection of articles for publication in JBM requires that no manuscript be accepted until after it is has been reviewed by the Editorial Board and sent to at least two reviewers. The decision of the Editorial Board to publish the manuscript is influenced considerably by the judgments of these advisors, who are experts in their respective fields. The author's name and credentials are removed prior to forwarding a manuscript to reviewers to maximize objectivity and ensure that a manuscript is judged solely on the basis of its content and contribution to the field. Reviewers have responsibility in anonymously evaluating manuscripts submitted by researchers. The task of each reviewer is to provide impartial evaluation, feedback and decisions concerning the quality and relevance of each manuscript. Manuscripts will be coded and sent electronically to all reviewers. Reviewers then have 4 weeks to complete evaluations and return to the Editorial Board.
The Peer Review Board consists of senior faculties, and professionals selected by the Editorial board for their contribution to research, teaching and learning. Reviewers are selected from the board and the reviewers commit their time and expertise to the fair, conscientious, and thorough review of all submitted manuscripts. The Peer Review Board is held to the same demanding standards adopted by premier journals; reviewers must:
Editorial Board: The Editorial Board is responsible for the content in JBM and has final authority over the acceptance of all manuscripts. However, the Editorial Board must follow the guidelines for appropriateness and be responsive to the recommendations of the reviewers. In cases where the Editorial Board has a conflict of interest with a given submission, The Editor-in-chief will be assigned to handle that manuscript.
Reviewers: Reviewers come from the Peer Review Board, which is determined by the Editorial Board. In addition, ad hoc reviewers who are not members of the Peer Review Board review articles.
Step-by-Step Review Process
Prior to dissemination to reviewers, Editorial Board will have conducted a preliminary appraisal for content, substance, and appropriateness to the journal; reviewers will not receive any manuscripts that are clearly inappropriate to the journal. Manuscripts will be electronically sent to a minimum of two reviewers for blind evaluation. While the Editors will attempt to match manuscripts and reviewers according to content, interests, and topical relevance, the broad focus of the journal dictates that papers be written for applicability to a wide audience. As such, reviewers may not be content experts in a relevant, matching academic discipline.
The manuscript must be reviewed and evaluated according to the following dimensions:
Based upon the feedback and recommendations of the anonymous reviewers, the Editorial Board will make a final publication decision. Decisions fall into the following categories:
All manuscripts are judged on their contributions to the advancement of the science and/or practice of business and management. All articles are expected to follow the rules for scholarly work, namely:
JBM reviewers fulfill two integral roles within the scientific peer review process: gatekeeper and consultant. As a gatekeeper, reviewers are tasked with submitting a recommendation to Editorial Board regarding the acceptance, rejection, or revision and resubmission of the manuscript to the authors. Reviewers are encouraged to exercise conscientiousness with their responsibility in maintaining the integrity of the posterity of published works within the scientific literature.
As a consultant, reviewers are tasked with submitting a constructive and sufficiently detailed narrative appraisal to the Editorial Board, which is responsible for providing this information to the authors. Despite the inability of JBM to publish every article submitted, reviewers are tasked with providing thorough feedback to authors regardless of a manuscript’s acceptance status. This feedback should encourage authors of rejected manuscripts to revise and resubmit their best works, as well as provide authors of accepted manuscripts with direction for future manuscripts.
The manuscripts to be reviewed are considered confidential communication. Once an unpublished manuscripts is set in a fixed, tangible form (e.g., typed on a page), it is entitled to copyright protection. The author of an unpublished manuscript owns the copyright and is entitled to the same rights as an author of a published work. As such, reviewers may not engage in the circulation, quotation, citation, or reference of the unpublished manuscript, nor may they use the information contained within the unpublished manuscript to further their own work without explicit permission from the author. Prior to sharing the unpublished manuscript with any other person, such as a colleague or student, reviewers must receive permission from the Editorial Board. It is not acceptable to share the manuscript with students for educational purposes. Reviewers are expected to delete/destroy copies of the manuscript upon completion of the review.
Referees advise the Editorial Board, which is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article.
All published material is copyrighted by the JBM with future-use rights reserved. This does not limit the author's right to use his or her own material or place it in future works, provided full credit is given to the JBM.