Peer Review Process
The suitability of manuscripts for publication in Prologue: Journal on Language and Literature is judged by peer reviewers and editorial board. All the review processes are conducted in a double-blind review. Chief Editor handles all correspondence with the author and makes the final decision as to whether the paper is recommended for acceptance, rejection, or needs to be returned to the author for revision.
Chief Editor and Section Editors will evaluate the submitted papers on the prequalification step for the suitability of the further review process. The manuscripts will be evaluated by two or three qualified peer reviewers selected by Chief Editor and Section Editors. The peer reviewers should examine the manuscript and return it with their recommendation to the Chief Editor or Section Editors as soon as possible, usually within 4 weeks. If one of the peer reviewers recommends rejection, the Chief Editor will ask a third reviewer or Section Editors to decide the acceptance or rejection of the paper.
Papers needing revision will be returned to the authors, and the author must return the revised manuscript to the Chief Editor via OJS of Prologue: Journal on Language and Literature. Chief Editor sends the revised manuscript to Section Editors to check whether the manuscript is revised as suggested by peer reviewers. Sections Editors could give recommendations to Chief Editor that the manuscript should return to authors, accept, or reject within 2 weeks. After acceptance by Section Editors, the manuscript is forwarded to the technical editor to be a layout for an editorial board meeting. Chief Editor would send an acceptance letter announcing the publication issue attached with manuscript reprint to authors.
There are three steps of revision process by authors: 1) revision manuscript to accommodate peer reviewer suggestions within 2-4 weeks; 2) revision to accommodate Section Editors suggestions within 2-4 weeks (if any), and 3) revision to accommodate editorial meeting suggestions within 1 week (if any). Manuscripts that exceed the revision deadline will be withdrawn. The authors may request for an extension to Chief Editor before the revision expires. The time interval from the date the manuscript is submitted to the acceptance for publication varies, depending on the time required for review and revision.
Manuscripts are rejected usually for 3 general reasons: 1) The topic of a manuscript does not fit in the journal scope and may be better suited for publication elsewhere. 2) The substance of the manuscripts does not meet Prologue: Journal on Language and Literature standards; the data may be incomplete; the methodology used is not appropriate; lack of novelties and no advancement of the existing knowledge; or there are no consistency among objectives, research design/method, evidence, and conclusion. 3) Manuscripts are not written following Prologue: Journal on Language and Literature guidelines in Instruction to Authors. These manuscripts may be rejected without review process. Manuscripts could also be rejected in the review process if Authors do not revise the manuscripts as suggested by reviewers and editorial board, also do not give response/rebuttal against the suggestions.
If the manuscript is rejected, the author will be notified by the Chief Editor with a statement of reasons for rejection. The author may appeal to Chief Editor if he or she believes an unfair judgment has been made which encloses the author’s reasons. Chief Editor will review and discuss the reasons with Section Editors responsible for the manuscript, and later decide whether to accept or deny the appeal.
Reprints of all manuscripts will be provided to the corresponding author. The reprints should be read carefully, checked against the typed manuscript, and the corrections may be returned soon. Authors submitting manuscripts should understand and agree that the copyright of manuscripts published is held by Prologue: Journal on Language and Literature. The statement to release the copyright to Prologue: Journal on Language and Literature is stated in Form A. Copyright encompasses exclusive rights to reproduce, to distribute, and to sell any part of the journal articles in all form and media. The reproduction of any part of this journal, its storage in databases, and its transmission by any form or media will be allowed only with written permission from Prologue: Journal on Language and Literature.