ASRA editorial staff read all submitted manuscripts. One of the things setting ASRA apart from other publishers is our commitment to responding to authors in a timely manner. Original research articles and communications meeting editorial criteria are immediately sent for peer review by at least two specialists in the field. If a paper does not meet these criteria it will be sent back to the author for revisions. We consider factors including conflict of interest and expertise when identifying reviewers. Authors may recommend up to three reviewers in the cover letter. ASRA follows a double blind peer review process. It is authors’ responsibility to anonymize manuscripts. ASRA editorial staff will do a cursory check.
Peer reviewers will help maintain ASRA publication quality and provide invaluable feedback to authors by evaluating the clarity of hypotheses, the validity of the research design, the quality of data collection procedures, methodology appropriateness, and the extent to which the conclusions follow from the analysis. Being a peer reviewer gives specialists an opportunity to read and learn from others’ cutting edge work, while building upon their own experiences and contribution to the scientific community.
If the paper is accepted without revisions, the author is notified and asked to pay the publication fee. Original research articles are U.S. $100 and shorter communications are U.S. $50. If reviewers have specific concerns or suggestions, authors are invited to revise and resubmit their manuscripts before a final decision is made. If a paper is rejected, ASRA editorial staff will inform the author. ASRA ensures authors receive reviewers’ comments in a timely manner.
Collaborating with reviewers is crucial to ASRA research integrity policies and procedures. We appreciate that reviewers volunteer their time and services to help us maintain quality journals. While we highly value reviewers’ recommendations, our commitment is to our readers and the scientific community. When reviewers disagree on a course of action, we will make every effort to consult the reviewers and facilitate a consensus. However, ASRA editorial staff assume responsibility for making the final decision to accept or reject a paper.
A paper cannot be amended once it is published. However, an author may submit an erratum document in the event an error is found after the paper has been published. The Editor will append the erratum document to the original article.