Peer Review Process

Editorial Board Assessment
The JNSPS Editorial Board consists of members and some non members of NSPS who are both scientists and experts in their fields of expertise. The Editor-in-Chief upon submission will assigns your paper to an Editor in one of the JNSPS disciplines. The Editor reviews the manuscript for plagiarism via the Turn-It-In. If the similarity index falls lower than 25% and also satisfy other requirements of the journal, the Editor will process the manuscript further and assign it to reviewers. It is worth nothing that the Board may decide to reject manuscripts, and not require further review. They can also decide to reject manuscripts that aren't in compliance with JNSPS standards. Over 40% of submissions are rejected upon initial evaluation.

Independent Peer Review
All submissions are reviewed at least by two experts. Even though an Editor typically needs two independent reviews, but a single negative review is sufficient to decide if the Editor agrees with the report. The identity of reviewers remain anonymous and not disclosed unless the reviewers provide permission. All submissions will be subject to a blind peer review (Anonymous Reviewer). The Editor evaluate the reviews' opinions and makes a recommendation to the Editorial Board, who makes the final decision. Based on the recommendations,

  • the manuscript may be accepted.
  • the manuscript may be rejected; or
  • the reviewers' reports may be sent to the authors for revision.
  • If the article is found to contain too many errors for the reviewers to comment fully on the content of the article, the authors will be required to make major revisions and then resubmit the paper for reviews.

The decision of the Board is communicated by the Editor to the Author. It is worth mentioning that the acceptance rate is currently 25%.

Submission of Revised Manuscripts
When authors have revised their manuscript in response to the referees' comments, they are asked to add their replies to the comments on the first page of their revised manuscript for onward transmission to the reviewers. The revised version may be returned to the original reviewers who are then asked whether the revisions have been carried out satisfactorily. Depending on the reviewers' comments, the article may be accepted or subjected to another round of review.

Appeals
The editors reject a manuscript when it does not fit the mission of JNSPS, does not meet JNSPS’s standards for novelty and importance, the turn-it-in similarities index exceed 25%, or when it has technical issues that lead to concerns about the reliability of the results. Editorial rejection without review is based on the first two considerations, although editors may return a paper without review if they notice a serious technical issue. Rejection after review generally results from assessment of novelty and importance or from technical concerns uncovered in the review process. There are a few other reasons that a paper may not be published. For example, when a large number of potential reviewers turn down the invitation to review, this is a sign that the paper does not overlap JNSPS’s mission and audience. In such cases, the editors will return the manuscript so that the authors can pursue a more appropriate journal.

Authors can appeal a rejection by submitting an appeal to the editorial office (editorial.office@journal.nsps.org.ng) within 30 days after the manuscript is rejected. The appeal must be accompanied by revisions to the manuscript, as well as a brief (one page) explanation of the reasons for reconsideration. Appeal must clarify the importance and the merits of the paper if it was rejected by editors for not meeting the JNSPS's mandate or for not meeting the standards of JNSPS for novelty and importance. The appeal must address technical questions raised by the reviewers. Your appeal should address the acceptance criteria of JNSPS. Take note that, in the event that your submission was rejected at the initial stage, you will require additional information or arguments that go above what the editor was read during the review process. This will enable the editor to determine whether your article deserves to be considered again.

Transfers
If your manuscript is not accepted for publication in JNSPS, an editor may recommend a transfer to another NSPS Publishing journal, such as African Scientific Reports (ASR), for immediate consideration. ASR is a peer-reviewed, fully open access journal covering all areas of the sciences and engineering.
In some cases, the transfers are offered after consultations with the editors of other NSPS Publishing journals. If you choose to transfer your manuscript, all reviewer reports and editor recommendations will be transferred along with the manuscript. Please visit the receiving journal's website for more information. Manuscripts must meet the receiving journal’s acceptance criteria. There is no guarantee that the receiving journal will publish a transferred manuscript.