Peer Review Process


Peer Review Process

All manuscripts submitted to the Engineering Access undergo a meticulous peer-review procedure to guarantee the quality and authenticity of published research. The journal employs a double-blind peer review system, preserving the anonymity of both authors and reviewers. Expert evaluators within the respective fields of study assess the submitted manuscripts for their scientific merit, originality, and alignment with the journal's scope. The steps in the peer review process are as follows:

      1. Manuscript submission

The corresponding or submitting author submits their paper exclusively through the Engineering Access via ThaiJO online platform. This method ensures that the manuscript is received, processed, and reviewed efficiently by the journal's editorial team. It streamlines the submission process and contributes to maintaining organization and consistency in contributions, expediting the review and publication process.

      2. Pre-screening

Upon receipt of a manuscript, the editorial board will conduct a preliminary screening to confirm its alignment with the journal's focus and adherence to publication guidelines. Manuscripts failing to meet these criteria will be declined without further review. According to the publisher’s editorial plagiarism policy, the overall similarity rate of an article must not exceed 30%, and the similarity rate to a single source must not exceed 10%. The editorial office will also scrutinize the manuscript's formatting and citation style, ensuring they conform to the author guidelines provided. Should any necessary revisions be identified, the manuscript will be returned to the author for adjustments and resubmission. Manuscripts that successfully pass this process will proceed to the review phase.

      3. Associate Editor assignment

At this point, the Editor-in-Chief designates an Associate Editor for the submitted manuscript. The peer review process for Engineering Access publications is overseen by Associate Editors.

      4. Reviewer invitation

The Associate Editor extends invitations to experts in fields relevant to the manuscript's scope. In cases where responses are not received, additional invitations may be sent, if necessary, to ensure the requisite number of reviewers, usually three. Engineering Access employs a double-blind peer review approach, where the identities of both reviewers and authors remain undisclosed to each other.

      5. Final decision

The final determination regarding the acceptance, rejection, or need for revisions of the manuscript will be made by the Editor-in-Chief. This decision will be informed by the feedback from the reviewers and the manuscript's compliance with publication requirements. In cases where reviewer comments or responses significantly vary, the Associate Editor may consider seeking an additional review before arriving at the final decision. The outcome (acceptance, rejection, or a request for major or minor revisions) will be communicated to the author via the online system, accompanied by relevant comments provided by the reviewers. Our journal adheres to the double-blind peer-review principle, ensuring the anonymity of all comments and suggestions.

      6. Revision

If the manuscript is accepted with revision, the authors will be requested to incorporate the feedback provided by the reviewers into their manuscript and then resubmit it for 2nd and 3rd review process. The resubmitted material should include the revised manuscript with the changes highlighted and a rebuttal letter. Typically, authors are granted a two-week timeframe for minor revisions and four weeks for major revisions. In the case of major revisions, the revised manuscript will undergo a second round of review by the same reviewers to assess whether the revisions adequately address their feedback. For minor revisions, an additional review process may not be required.

      7. Final version preparation

Once the Editor-in-Chief accepts a manuscript, it will undergo a copyediting and formatting procedure for publication, typically completed within one week.

      8. Author (s) proofreading

The formatted article will be returned to the authors for their review to ensure accuracy, a step that is typically completed in about one week. After any required corrections are made, the formatted article will undergo a final verification by the authors, and their confirmation will be communicated back to the Editor-in-Chief.

      9. Final correction and publication

After receiving confirmation from the authors, the Editorial board conducts a final assessment of the article before it is published in the online journal system.