Editorial Process

A manuscript will be reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that it is being submitted to JOHA alone at that point in time and has not been published anywhere, simultaneously submitted, or already accepted for publication elsewhere (except in the form of abstract, or as part of a published lecture, academic thesis, or archived in an institutional repository and author's web page - see deposit policy). 

Editorial review stage

On submission, the Editor reviews all submitted manuscripts initially for suitability for formal review. Manuscripts with a lack of novelty, insufficient originality, serious scientific or technical flaws, high similarity rate with prior publications (plagiarism), and lack of a significant message are rejected before proceeding for formal peer review. Manuscripts unlikely to be of interest to the JOHA readers are also liable to be rejected at this stage. The editorial review only takes one or seven days.

Peer review stage

A manuscript found suitable for publication in JOHA is sent to the Editorial board member(s), and they recommend one or two Expert Reviewers. If they are not able to do that, the Editor-in-Chief will select the reviewers. The journal follows a double-blind review process (at least two independent expert reviewers or external reviewers), wherein the reviewers and authors are unaware of each other's identity. The peer-review process takes four to six weeks. For editorials and letters to editors, the decision is made in the editorial review stage; no need for a peer review process.

Editorial decision stage

Every manuscript is assigned to Editor-in-Chief, based on the comments from the reviewers and editorial board members, to make a final decision on the manuscript. Editorial Board Members can only make an initial editorial decision or recommendation to be sent to Editor-in-Chief and further discuss until reaching the final decision.

The comments and suggestions (acceptance/ rejection/ revision) that are received from reviewers and editorial board members are conveyed to the corresponding author. If required, the author is requested to provide a point-by-point response to reviewers' comments and submit a revised version of the manuscript. This process is repeated until reviewers and editors are satisfied with the manuscript.

Copyediting stage

Manuscripts accepted for publication are copy edited for grammar, punctuation, print style, and format. A page proof in doc. format is sent to the corresponding author. In this stage, the copyeditor will ask you to complete the reference format and clarify or verify the sentence or paragraph that has been changed. The corresponding author is expected to return the corrected proofs within three to seven days. It may not be possible to incorporate corrections received after that period. 

Proofreading & layout editing stage

The proofreader will send the final proof of the article in pdf format with a fixed journal layout. There is no significant change in this stage. Authors are only required to check their names and affiliations and writing format (typos, grammar, punctuation, and layout format). The corresponding author is expected to return the final proof within five days.

Published online immediately

To achieve faster and greater dissemination of knowledge and information, the journal publishes articles online as 'Early View' immediately after proofreading. Next, it will be included in the upcoming issue.

Early View articles are peer-reviewed and accepted articles officially published in JOHA. When the article is assigned to a volume/issue, the Early View article version will be removed, and the Final version will appear in the journal's associated published volume/issue. The date an article was first made available online will be carried over. The only difference between the Early View and Final versions is that the Early View article does not have page numbers yet, and the DOI number has not been registered/activated yet to Crossref. However, the DOI number and the layout format of the article remain the same.