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Review Process

Manuscripts are submitted via the journal's online process and must be designated as new submissions or revised manuscripts. The JIPWRD uses a blind review method with the identity of the author(s) concealed from the reviewers.

Manuscripts are first reviewed by the journal manager for adherence to journal guidelines and best fit for manuscript category. As a part of the submission process, the Corresponding Author may indicate a review category for the manuscript type from the Manuscript Submissions Categories. Final placement of the manuscript into a specific review category rests with the Editor-in-Chief or designated journal manager.

Manuscripts are peer-reviewed independently by up to three review panel members assigned by the journal manager. Reviewers complete a standardized manuscript review form examining the manuscript for scientific rigor, compliance with guidelines, and innovation and relevance to the area of workforce development. Each reviewer assigns the manuscript into one of three categories: 1) accept, 2) accept with modifications, or 3) reject. When there are discrepancies between reviewers, the final determination for publication of the manuscript is at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.

First Review Cycle

Following the review panel's completion of the manuscript review forms, the Corresponding Author receives an email noting the status of the manuscript from the journal manager along with a summary of reviewer comments. If the manuscript is accepted during the First Review Cycle, the Corresponding Author is notified as such and receives a summary of the reviewer comments. Any outstanding Disclosure Forms, Copyright Transfer, and/or author materials will be requested by the journal manager. Once a galley proof is prepared, the Corresponding Author receives a copy of the proof for review and approval along with a timeline for estimated online publication.

If the manuscript is accepted with modifications, the Corresponding Author will receive: 1) the summary of reviewers' comments, 2) a timeline for submission of a revised manuscript addressing the reviewers' comments, and 3) a manuscript revision form (used by the Corresponding Author to indicate how/where specific reviewer comments were addressed within the revised manuscript. The revised manuscript and completed form must be sent to the journal manager according to the designated timeline via the online process (noting the submission category as revised manuscript).

If the manuscript is rejected by the peer reviewers, the Corresponding Author receives notification from the journal manager along with a summary of the reviewer comments.

Second Review Cycle

The journal manager routes the revised manuscript and completed form to the same three reviewers for a second review. The panel reviewers complete the manuscript review form and recommend acceptance or rejection of the manuscript based upon the authors' revisions. Completed review forms are returned to the journal manager. When there are discrepancies between reviewers, the final determination for publication of the manuscript is at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.

If the manuscript is accepted following the Second Review Cycle, the Corresponding Author will be notified as such and any outstanding Disclosure Forms, Copyright Transfer, and/or author materials will be requested by the journal manager. Once a proof is prepared, the Corresponding Author will receive a copy of the galley proof for review and approval along with a timeline for estimated online publication. If the manuscript is rejected during the Second Review Cycle, the Corresponding Author will be notified and a summary of the review comments will be shared by the journal manager.

Third Review Cycle

If a revised manuscript is determined to still contains areas of concern for one or more of the reviewers, the Editor-in-Chief may instruct the journal manager to request the Corresponding Author respond to the concerns. A revised manuscript and author response will be shared with the reviewer(s) who continued to express concern to confirm his/her acceptance or rejection of the response. If accepted, the Corresponding Author receives notification as indicated above. If rejected during the Third Review Cycle, the journal manager will notify the Corresponding Author and share a summary of the reviewer comments. When there are discrepancies between reviewers, the final determination for publication of the manuscript is at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.