Review of manuscripts by peers, that is, scientists who are experts on the subject, is a vital part of technical publishing. Peer review has two fundamental purposes. The first purpose is to ensure the originality and soundness of the research, the methodology, the logic and accuracy of any theoretical work, the soundness of experiments and interpretation of data, and the logic of the conclusions. The second purpose is to provide comments and suggestions that will assist the authors to improve their manuscripts as they prepare subsequent drafts.
Initial Manuscript Evaluation
All manuscripts submitted for publication in Journal are firstly evaluated by the Technical Editor. Manuscripts which fall outside the aims and scope of the journal or is not enough for requirements of a scientific study are rejected or may be wanted some revisions at this initial point. Manuscripts are never accepted by editor without a reviewer report, at this early stage.
Policy of Peer Review
This journal, employs double blind peer review, where both the reviewer and author remain anonymous throughout the process.
After initial evaluation, the manuscripts are sent to at least two reviewers which are determined editor and/or editorial board. If necessary, the number of reviewers can be increased by editor or Editorial Board. The reviewers are chosen from reviewer board according to their expertise.
Reviewers are asked to evaluate the manuscript’s originality, methodology, contribution to the literature, presentation of results and support for the conclusions, and appropriate referencing of previous relevant studies. Reviewers might accept the manuscript, reject the manuscript or might require a revision for style and/or content. For publication of articles, two positive reports are required. In case one reviewer report is negative while the other is positive, the article is forwarded to a third reviewer for addition evaluation.
When a revision is required by the reviewer or reviewers, the author(s) are to consider the criticism and suggestions offered by the reviewers, and they should be sent back the revised version of manuscript in twenty days. If revised manuscript is not sent in twenty days, the manuscript is removed from from reviewer evaluation process. Reviewers may request more than one revision of a manuscript. Manuscripts which are not accepted for publication are not re-sent to their authors.
After favorable opinions of reviewers, Editorial Board is made the final evaluation. The articles accepted for publication by Editorial Board are placed in an issue sequence.
Time of Peer Review Process
The peer review process that has long time is an important problem. Naturally, the author(s) wish to take an answer about their submissions. Turkish Journal of Range and Forage Science aims to complete the all peer review process within 8 weeks after submission (one week for initial evaluation, 6 weeks for reviewer evaluation and one week for final evaluation).
The author(s) that submit an article to the Turkish Journal of Range and Forage Science consider accepting of these peer review conditions and procedures.