Peer Review Policy

The ELF Annual Research Journal practices a double blind peer review policy. The purpose of peer review is to ensure that only good research is published. Peer review is an impartial process at the heart of good scholarly publishing and is carried out by all reputable academic journals. Our reviewers play a vital role in maintaining the high standards of the ELF Annual Research Journal and all manuscripts are peer reviewed following the procedure outlined below.

Initial Manuscript Evaluation

The Editor in Chief or an Editor first evaluates all manuscripts. It is rare, but it is possible for an exceptional manuscript to be accepted at the first stage. Manuscripts rejected at this stage are outside the aims and scope of the journal, or are insufficiently original, have serious scientific flaws, or display poor command of the English language or are not formatted according to the policy of the Journal. Manuscripts that meet the minimum criteria are normally passed on to at least 2 experts for review. The authors of the manuscripts rejected at this stage will usually be informed within 2 to 3 weeks. 

Type of Peer Review

The ELF Annual Research Journal employs double blind reviewing, where both the reviewer and author remain anonymous throughout the process. VIII The Role of Illustrations in an Encoding Dictionary 11

How the Reviewer is Selected?

The members of the Editorial Board and the panel of our permanent reviewers play an important part in the review process, but we also use outside reviewers, and our reviewer database is constantly being updated. Whenever possible, reviewers are matched to the paper according to their expertise. In peer review we also strictly comply with the requirements of the HEC (Higher Education Commission of Pakistan)

Reviewers' Reports

Reviewers are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript: 

  • Is original
  • Follows appropriate ethical guidelines
  • Is methodologically sound
  • Has results which are clearly presented and support the conclusions
  • Correctly refers previous relevant work/studies
  • Critical theories, their applications, analysis and discussion are compactly made with convincing interpretations. All are interconnected and complementary to each other
  • Language correction is not part of the peer review process, but reviewers may, if they so wish suggest corrections to the manuscript.
  • An evaluation sheet is also provided to the reviewers for them to fill in and return the same in PDF.

The Review Process

Reviewers, including Editorial Board members, are usually volunteers except occasionally we pay them a token amount of honorarium which is subject to the availability of funds, and we largely depend on their generosity. The time required for the review process is dependent on the response of the reviewers. However, the typical time is approximately 6-12 weeks. If the reviewers' reports contradict one another or a report is delayed unnecessarily, a further expert opinion will be sought. The Editor in chief’s decision will be sent to the author with recommendations made by the reviewers, which usually include comments by the reviewers in email or on the sheet. On reviewers’ advice, the Editor in Chief is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article

The ELF Annual Research Journal is published annually (December every year) by the department of English. All correspondence should be addressed to the Editor-in-chief ELF, Annual Research Journal, Faculty of Social Sciences and Arts, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur Sindh Pakistan.

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ISSN 1026-7026


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Foreign: Annual US $ 15

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