Publication, Review And Ethics Policy


  • All the manuscripts would be considered for publication only if they fall within the ambit of Aim and Scope of the Journal. The manuscripts would be accessed on the basis of:  a) Originality;  b) Relevance;  c) Quality of research;  d) Research contribution and applied significance.
  • The Journal does not levy any submission/publication charges. Further, the contributors are given a complimentary copy of the Journal.
  • Disclaimer: The views expressed in the Articles in the Researcher do not necessarily reflect the opinion of University of Jammu.
  • Articles published in Researcher should not be reproduced/ reprinted in any form without prior written permission. Copyright© University of Jammu, Jammu


  • This Journal operates a double blind review process. All contributions are initially assessed by the Editorial Board for suitability for the Journal. Manuscript deemed suitable is then typically sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the quality of the paper. The Editorial Board is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of manuscript based on the reviewers’ comments. The Editorial Board’s decision shall be final.


  • The submitted manuscript is a privileged communication and reviewers must treat it as confidential.
  • The reviewer must not (or allow anyone else to) retain/copy or share the manuscript with any one without the explicit permission of the Editor.
  • The reviewer shall not disclose his/her identity and the review outcome with anyone other than the editor of the Journal.
  • The reviewer must return the reviewed manuscript within two weeks from the date of the receipt.
  • Evaluation Criteria: The criteria for evaluating a manuscript encompasses the evaluation of the attributes as given in the following manuscript review form


Rankings: Please use the symbol (P) to indicate your assessment  (5= Excellent, 4= Good, 3= Average, 2=Poor, 1= Very Poor, NA= Not applicable)


Sl.No. Key Evaluation Parameters 1 2 3 4 5 N.A
1. Originality of the work
2. Contemporeinity of the subject
3. Contribution to existing knowledge
4. Adequacy  of empirical/theoretical background
5.  Appropriateness of the research methodology
6. Citation and referencing as per the style
7. Analysis and inferences
8. Legitimacy of the conclusions
9 Applied significance
10. Organization of the manuscript
11.    Quality of the communication in terms of use of language.
12.    Appropriateness for publication

Reviewers Detailed Comments (Reviewers may use separate sheet)

  1. As a reviewer, you are invited to comment on the strengths and weaknesses of the research paper.
  2. Additional inputs to the author on how he/she can make the topic more meaningfully aligned to the discipline specific requirement.
  3. General comments for improving/adding, references, clarifying data analysis, structure and format, language editing, communication etc.


  • Authors should submit only unpublished original manuscript that has not been submitted for publication or published elsewhere. A declaration by the author(s) should be made that the paper(s) has/have not been sent elsewhere for publication. It should be made on separate sheet with the title of the research work, name(s) of the author(s), full postal address for correspondence and signature.
  • Any manuscript which is found to be plagiarised or is having text match above the standards as fixed by the University of Jammu will be rejected out rightly. Authors are required to scan submissions using plagiarism detection software before submission of manuscript. The author shall bear the full responsibility if any malpractice is detected. Authors involvement in any of the following will be treated as malpractice:  a) Falsification of data  b) Plagiarism  c) Improprieties of authorship  d) Misappropriation of ideas of others  e) Violation of generally accepted research practices  f) Material failure to comply with legislative and regulatory requirements affecting research  g) Inappropriate behavior in relation to misconduct.
  • In such cases the decision of the Editorial Board shall be final and binding.
  • Authors must assign copyright of the manuscript in the favour of the Researcher.
  • Authors are advised to avoid biased language and subjective comments/opinion that don't in any way pertain to the research problem.