Peer Review Process

The practice of peer review ensures the quality of all research articles, enables author(s) for improvement and aids editors in making the final decision regarding inclusion and publishing in the journal. As an objective method of guaranteeing excellence in scholarly publishing, it has been adopted by all reputable academic journals, including the African Journal of Non-Profit Higher Education.

The African Journal of Non-Profit Higher Education employs a double blind peer review, in which the reviewers remain anonymous to the author(s) throughout and following the review process, whilst the identity of the author(s) is likewise unknown to the reviewers. Cornerstone Institute considers the double blind peer system as the most effective review system because it limits possible bias from either the selected reviewers or from author(s).

How long does the peer review process take?

The time required for the peer review process is dependent on the response of the reviewers. For the African Journal of Non-Profit Higher Education, the typical time for the first round of peer review is approximately 5 to 8 weeks, with a maximum of up to 3 months. Should the reviewers’ reports contradict one another or a report is unnecessarily delayed, a further expert opinion may be sought.

In the rare case when it is extremely difficult to find a second reviewer to review the article, whilst the one reviewers report has thoroughly convinced the Journal Editor, a decision to accept, reject or ask the author(s) for revision, can be made at the Journal Editor’s discretion, on the basis of only one review report.