Blind review is a method used to make sure scientific publications are produced with the highest quality. This method is fundamental to the objective review of scientific studies and is preferred by many scientific journals. Reviewer views are determinant in the publication quality of International Journal of Languages' Education and Teaching. All manuscripts submitted to IJLET are blind reviewed according to the steps below:
Blind Review Method
IJLET uses the blind review method in the review process of all studies. In this method the identities of the authors and reviewers are confidential.
Initial Review Process
The studies submitted to IJLET are reviewed by the editors first. At this stage, the studies which are not related with the journal's aim and scope, weak in terms of language and wording, lack originality, contain critical scientific mistakes and do not meet the publishing criteria are rejected. The authors of such studies are informed in two weeks following the submission date. The studies which are deemed appropriate are assigned to reviewers.
Reviewers are assigned according to the content of the studies and their subject of expertise. The editor who reviews the study recommends reviewers, based on their subject of expertise, from the reviewer pool of IJLET or a new reviewer related with the subject of study addressed in the article. Then the studies are passed on to the reviewers who are obligated to guarantee that they will not share any document or detail about the study they review.
In general, the reviewer reports are based on the originality of the studies, methods, ethical considerations, consistent presentation of the findings and results and analysis of the studies with respect to literature. This evaluation is done according to the following:
1. Introduction and Literature: The reviewer report includes views about the presentation and aims of the problem addressed in the study, the importance of the topic, the scope of the related literature, the originality and topicality of the study.
2. Method: The reviewer report includes views about the appropriateness of the research method, sample choice and properties, validity and reliability issues, as well as data collection and data analysis.
3. Findings: The reviewer report includes views about the presentation of the findings obtained through the method, the accuracy of the analysis methods, the consistency of the aims and findings of the study, the presentation of tables, diagrams and visuals that are needed, and the conceptual evaluation of the scales.
4. Evaluation and Discussion: The reviewer report includes views about discussions based on findings, suitability with the research question(s) and hypothesis(ses), generalizability and applicability.
5. Results and Suggestions: The reviewer report includes views about contribution to literature, recommendations for future studies and suggestions about applications in the field.
6. Style and Wording: The reviewer report includes views about whether the title comprises the content of the study, whether the Turkish language is used accurately and whether APA6 rules are observed in giving references and in-text references in parallel with the language of the full text.
7. Overall Evaluation: The reviewer report includes views about the originality of the study as a whole and the contribution it makes to the education literature and applications.
In the review process, reviewers are not expected to redact the study according to its galley features.
Reviewers are given 4 weeks for review. It is compulsory for the authors to complete the editing of their work within 1 month. Reviewers may ask multiple editing of a study if they deem necessary.
The editor(s) evaluate the review by reviewers within 2 weeks at the latest.
Editorial Board Decision
Based on the review done by the reviewers, editors report the views of the editorial board to the author(s) in a week at the latest along with the suggestions made by reviewers. In this process the studies that are not accepted for publication are returned without request for plagiarism detection. The final decision about the accepted studies is made based on the results of the plagiarism detection report. Moreover, IJLET editor(s) has right to decide that an article can be published without reviewing process. For that kinds of articles, Editor(s) does review and report the article by her/him self in accordance with evaluation criteria of IJLET.
How long does the Publication Review Process last?
It is anticipated that the publication review process of the studies submitted to IJLET be completed in 2 months. However, the period during which editors or reviewers ask the author(s) to do editing and the author(s) complete the editing is not included in this time frame.