Peer Review Process

Trans-Kata: Journal of Language, Literature, Culture and Education uses a double-blind system for peer review: The identities of both reviewers and authors remain anonymous. Each submitted manuscript is peer reviewed by at least two experts. In some rare cases, we may start a third round of peer review according to the recommendations from editors and reviewers.

Authors’ Responsibilities

Before submitting an article, authors should ensure that they satisfy the following criteria.

  • Authors must claim, that the submission has not been previously published,  nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor). If authors decide to submit their manuscript to another journal, they must withdraw their paper from the journal.
  • The corresponding author will ensure that all contributing co-authors have approved the final version of the manuscript and agreed to its submission for publication. Only authors who have made a significant contribution to the submitted study will be included.
  • Authors must ensure that their manuscript is original and provide a list of references for the material that is taken from other sources.
  • Authors must acknowledge their funding for the submitted manuscript. They must state all sources of financial support they received and the role of the funder.
  • Authors must carefully read the copyright statement and accept responsibility for releasing necessary information during the submission process.
  • Authors should ensure that their data belong to them. If authors do not own the data, they must state that they have permission to use it.
  • Authors should ensure that they conform to all research ethics guidelines, especially if human or animal subjects are involved in their research. They should ensure that they obtained proof of consent from participants in their research.
  • Authors must state any potential conflict of interest on submission of their manuscript.
  • Authors are obliged to participate in a peer review process of their submitted manuscript. They should respond to all the comments and any recommendations of reviewers before the given deadline.
  • All contributing authors have a responsibility to inform the Editor of Trans-Kata immediately, if any error or mistake occurs after the submission of a manuscript or after the publication of a manuscript.

Reviewers’ Responsibilities

  • Reviewers should keep the review process confidential.
  • Reviewers should inform the Journal Editor, if they suspect any potential competing interest.
  • Reviewers should evaluate all manuscripts objectively and professionally during the review process. 

Editorial Responsibilities

Editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article. Editors should have no conflict of interest with respect to articles they reject/accept, only accept a paper when reasonably certain, when errors are found, promote publication of correction or retraction, and preserve anonymity of reviewers.

Review Guidelines

Trans-Kata: Journal of Language, Literature, Culture and Education highly appreciates reviewers' kind support by agreeing to review an article for our journal. Before they consent to evaluate any paper, the reviewers are requested to consider a number of points. First, if the paper is not in your area of research interest and expertise, please inform the editor and feel free to refuse to review it. Second, if you have no free time to evaluate the paper before the deadline, kindly inform the editor. Third, in case of any conflicts of interest, the reviewer's acknowledgement can be very useful in our final decision. Therefore, if by any chance you have read the paper before or happen to know the authors, please inform the editor about this.

Kindly make sure you review the paper confidentially. Please avoid contacting the authors. In addition, should you feel the need to ask a third party for their comments, please make sure to inform the managing editor in advance.

Before papers are sent to reviewers, they are previewed by our editor(s)-in-chief. The papers are also checked for their originality using the turn-it-in software. However to our experience, there have been cases of plagiarism which the software has failed to detect. If you doubt the originality of any part(s) of the work you are reviewing, please inform the editor. In addition, if you suspect the accuracy or truth of any part(s) of the work under review, make sure to inform the editor about it.

The journal's  reviewers are requested to evaluate the articles based on a number of evaluative criteria available in the review from including the clarity, quality, thoroughness, relevance, significance, and soundness of the works. Reviewers are expexted to leave comments in the manuscript itself and in the review form. These comments are very valuable for the professional development of any authors and will definitely help them improve their work.

Reviewers may also add their comments in the second section of the Review Form. Having reviewed the paper, the reviewer is requested to make any of the following decisions:

  • Accept as it is
  • Accept with minor revisions
  • Revise and resubmit
  • Reject

This decision should be based on the merits and demerits of the work under review.

Papers are proofread before they are published, and the reviewers are by no means obliged to correct or mark language errors or typos. However, if the reviewers detect such cases, they are most welcome to highlight them.

The journal  corresponds with its reviewers only through email; therefore, you are requested to email your report and in-text comments to the managing editor.

Disclaimer
The journal Managing Editor is not involved in editorials decisions.

Recruitment for Reviewers
Participation in the peer-review process is absolutely essential to the success and reputation of the journal. Reviewers and editors determine which works are of quality and significance. If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, please contact us at transbahasa.go@gmail.com