Australian Journal of Crop Science   AJCS

Editorial and Peer Review Policy for the Australian Journal of Crop Science (AJCS)

Editorial Review and Acceptance:

Briefly, the following will happen after submission of a manuscripts via online portal of the journal:

1) All submitted manuscripts will be rigorously reviewed by the editor and then two external peer-reviewers. Editors have access to the state-of-art plagiarism checkers and will examine the originality of the submitted work before starting the peer-review process.

2) An initial decision will be made within 5 days from the submission date based on initial evaluation of the editor or co-editor whether the manuscript should be proceeded further to the peer-reviewing process or not. In the initial process, the editor checks the minimum English language requirement, originality, scientific quality and merits of the content. If authors did not receive any correspondence within these 5 days, it may mean that their submission will proceed to the next stage (external peer-review). For this purpose we usually correspond with authors via the online system of the journal (OJS). Therefore, please ensure that you check your spam folder of the email that you have provided for the corresponding author. More important correspondences such as outcome of review process will be done via email of editor or managing editor.

3) The external peer-review process will normally take about 45 days. After receiving all reviewers comments, a final decision will be made and be notified to the authors (by editor), exactly based on reviewers comments, views and recommendations.

4) It is entirely authors responsibility to check their institutional requirements (with the research department) to find whether the AJCS does match their criteria for publication. Upon submission, AJCS presumes that authors are fully aware and agree with the editorial policy and; therefore, does not accept any responsibility after submission.

The Australian Journal of Crop Science (AJCS) employs a rigorous editorial review process to ensure the quality, originality, and significance of the research to our readership. Manuscripts submitted to AJCS undergo a single-blind peer review, where the identities of reviewers are concealed from the authors.

Upon submission, authors have the option to suggest a preferred Associate Editor to handle their manuscript. However, the assignment of Editors is based on factors such as availability, workload, and expertise, and preferred Associate editors cannot be guaranteed.

All submissions are initially assessed by the Editor-in-Chief and/or Managing Editor to determine their suitability within the journal's scope and adherence to scientific standards. Submissions meeting these criteria will proceed to full external review, while those falling outside the scope will be promptly returned to the authors to avoid delays in seeking alternative publication venues.

During the external review process, manuscripts are evaluated by a minimum of two subject experts. However, in exceptional circumstances, such as delays caused by overdue reviewers or challenges in securing two external reviews, the Editor or Associate Editor may rely on the comments of a single reviewer alongside their own assessment or return the submission to the author for submission elsewhere to prevent further publication delays.

In cases where a previously rejected manuscript is revised and resubmitted, it will typically be sent to the original reviewers for evaluation. However, the Associate Editor retains the discretion to invite fresh reviewers or exclude original reviewers when deemed appropriate.

Authors are required to submit revised manuscripts within two months of receiving a "Minor revision" decision. Failure to meet this deadline will result in considering the resubmission as a completely new submission, subject to the full review process. Exceptions to the time limit will be considered when the reason thoroughly explained to the Editor-in-Chief in writing. Therefore, if you need more time, please directly contact the managing editor.

Manuscripts must be submitted in their final form, with revised sections indicated in blue font plus a detailed "Response to Reviewers", in which all questions and concerns raised by the editor and reviewers have been itemised, answered and addressed properly. The files accepted within the journal's online system or those were sent directly to editor via email will be the ones supplied to the publisher. Any major alterations requested at the proof stage may incur charges to the author and potentially delay publication.

Acceptance of manuscripts may take from one day up to two weeks. For any unforseen reason it may take even longer. Please contact the managing editor if you are concern about the acceptance of your manuscript.

As a fully open access journal, AJCS will charge a one-time publication fee for the open access publication of the paper. The fee will be levied only after acceptance.

After payment was fully received by the publisher, the manuscript will be submitted to the publisher for prints and online dissemination through several publication partners in Australia and prestigious international publication parties.

Authors will be notified by email for the all steps after acceptance such as pre-prints, galley proofs, corrections and final publication of their manuscripts. 

Publication Ethics:
The Australian Journal of Crop Science (AJCS) upholds a strong commitment to publication ethics and follows the guidelines outlined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). We expect all editors and authors to adhere to these ethical practices, including those related to authorship, plagiarism, dual submission, attribution, image integrity, figure preparation, and competing interests. AJCS also maintains policies on research ethics, encompassing human subjects research, animal research, and global research. Detailed guidelines can be found in the COPE's practice guidelines.

Concerns Raised on Publications:
AJCS takes concerns raised by editors, readers, authors, and reviewers seriously, regardless of the time since publication or study completion. In the event that concerns are raised, AJCS will thoroughly investigate and, if necessary, take appropriate measures to correct or clarify the scientific record. This may involve issuing corrections, expressions of concern, or retractions.

Copyrights and Responsibilities for Authors:
Authors retain the sole copyright for their content, and no copyright will be held by AJCS. Authors are responsible for the accuracy and honesty of their data. AJCS maintains records of the "consent to publisher's form" signed by authors for future reference and potential resolution of any concerns or conflicts that may arise.

Reviewer Guidelines:
Reviewers invited to assess manuscripts for AJCS are expected to comply with generally accepted publication ethics and best practices, including the AJCS's Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers established by COPE. Southern Cross Publishing, the parent organization of AJCS, supports and adheres to these guidelines as well. Generally, the review format is free-style and reviewers can directly comment inside either MS Word or PDF document of submitted manuscript or write a separate review document or both.

AJCS and Southern Cross Publishing emphasize the importance of confidentiality in the peer review process. Reviewers are expected to respect the confidentiality of peer review and refrain from disclosing any details of a manuscript or related communications, except those released by the journal. Authors are also required to maintain confidentiality until the journal peer review process is finalised.