The Editorial Board is responsible for ensuring that the Journal publishes high-quality research and academic papers that are within its scope and objectives; thus, the Editorial Board guarantees that all submitted manuscripts undergo blind peer-review. It is the prime responsibility of the Editorial Board to accept, reject, or recommend a manuscript for revision and resubmission; and such decision is based, to a large extent, upon the recommendations of assigned experts who are part of the International Advisory Board. Likewise, the Editorial Board is responsible for informing authors as regards the status of their submission, regardless of the decision. The Editorial Board may decide to reject a manuscript that violates legal provisions on libel, copyrights, and originality (i.e., plagiarism). Because each paper is prepared for blind peer-review, information with regard to a manuscript must remain confidential until it is finally accepted for publication. Moreover, the views expressed in the articles published in the journal do not reflect the views of the Editorial Board and the International Advisory Board. As an open-access journal, AJELS does not charge any fees for submission or processing of papers for publication.
The International Advisory Board of AJELS is composed of highly qualified academics from institutions around the globe, who are experts in their respective areas of specialization. These experts, who serve as peer reviewers, assist in the Editorial Board’s decision to accept, reject, or revise and resubmit manuscripts based upon their evaluation and recommendations. Specifically, as reviewers, they are tasked to provide written, unbiased feedback in a timely manner on the scholarly merits and the scientific value of a manuscript, assess the clarity and relevance of the writing, and evaluate the paper’s composition, accuracy, originality, and interest to the Journal’s readers. Likewise, they should avoid personal comments or criticism and should maintain the confidentiality of the review process (i.e., not sharing, discussing with third parties, or disclosing information from the reviewed paper).
Authors should ensure that manuscripts are prepared for blind peer-review; thus, to facilitate the review process, they should prepare the manuscripts based on the specific information and instructions stated in the Submission Guidelines. The authors must ensure that their papers are original and not plagiarized, and that the sources utilized in the work are properly cited. The authors must submit only previously unpublished work; they must not submit the same manuscript to another journal when it is currently under review by AJELS. Further, they must adhere to the Copyrights provision of the journal if their papers are published by AJELS.