Peer Review and Research Transparency Policies

IAPSS Politikon applies a double-blind peer review process with at least two external peer reviews solicited for article manuscripts and one for review essay and research note manuscripts. In addition to these, the Editorial Board member in charge of the manuscript initially evaluates the manuscript on a blind basis and considers and consolidates the input from the external reviews. This latter practice applies to book reviews as well. Thanks to this process, any risk of bias at the level of editorial decision making is further reduced.

The responsibilities of Editors as well as Peer Reviewers are set out in the ‘Editor’ and  ‘Reviewer’ sections of the Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement as well as in the Reviewer Guidelines respectively. A standardized review form is provided to the reviewers that contains the following standardized questions (possible answers: [i] yes, [ii] in part, [iii] no) in addition to the request for providing general comments and, if possible, comments to specific points in the anonymized manuscript file:

  • The TITLE matches with the contents of the paper
  • The author(s) followed the proper structure in writing the ABSTRACT of the paper
  • The INTRODUCTION previews the main points of the paper
  • The list of KEYWORDS properly highlights the contents of the paper
  • The paper is based on sound METHODOLOGY
  • The LITERATURE REVIEW is adequate
  • The paper is based on sound GRAMMATICAL STRUCTURE
  • The ANALYSIS AND FINDINGS support the objectives of the paper
  • The TABLES AND FIGURES are properly placed with the appropriate sources
  • The paper HAS BEEN PUBLISHED ELSEWHERE (please do a simple online search to find out)
  • The paper VIOLATES the IAPSS Declaration on Plagiarism 
  • OVERALL RECOMMENDATION (accept/accept with minor revisions/revise and resubmit/reject)

IAPSS Politikon encourages best practices with data sharing and disclosure of data in an open access format. The journal can publish supplementary material that allows the replication of results, where applicable. It is essential that the authors refer to data sources with the same rigour as they are required to refer to other sources. 

Last modified: 19 July 2020