Editorial Policy

The Asia Pacific Journal on Curriculum Studies’ editorial policy is guided by the Committee on Publication Ethics’ (COPE) principles and regulations. APJCS ensures excellent scientific publications by upholding rigorous ethical standards for publication. Refer to COPE’s guidelines for information on ethical issues.

Articles published in APJCS undergo a thorough double-blind peer review process. APJCS only accepts and publishes original scholarly works. Therefore, authors should ensure that manuscripts submitted are original, unpublished, and not in consideration for publication in other journals.

Peer Review Process

The peer review process for publication in APJCS aims to ensure superior quality of published research articles in curriculum studies. The evaluation process follows these three stages:

1. Initial Stage

The preliminary evaluation of submitted manuscripts is done by the editor. At this stage, the editor checks the following:

Upon clearance in the initial stage, the manuscripts are submitted for the next stage of external review.

2. Peer Review Stage

APJCS is committed to integrity in peer review and to upholding the highest possible standards of journal article review. The peer review consists of at least two external reviewers assigned based on their specializations and academic competencies. All submitted manuscripts undergo a rigorous double-blind peer review process. This means that the identities of the reviewers and the authors are concealed from each other. The review process is done through the online submission system stipulated in the APJCS website.

Reviewers evaluate the scientific and presentation quality of manuscripts submitted. They give recommendations through a review report based on aspects of originality, relevance, validity, ethical rigor, and reader interests. The role of reviewers is critical to safeguard the integrity and quality of APJCS’ publications.

3. Decision Stage

The journal editor considers the comments and suggestions provided by the peer reviewers to arrive at a decision. The following are the most common decisions made: