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Article Processing Charge (APC)

Please be informed that articles submitted and accepted for publication in the journal will be charged a fixed fee beginning 7th July 2021. For more details please refer here.

Cover letter
All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter detailing what you are submitting. Papers are accepted for publication in the journal on the understanding that the article is original and the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere.  This must be stated in the cover letter.
The cover letter must also contain an acknowledgement that all authors have contributed significantly, and that all authors are in agreement with the content of the manuscript.

Peer review
Peer reviewers are experts chosen by journal editors to provide written assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of written research, with the aim of improving the reporting of research and identifying the most appropriate and highest quality material for the journal.

In the peer-review process, at least two referees independently evaluate the scientific quality of the submitted manuscripts. Authors are encouraged to indicate in the Referral form the names of four potential referees, but the editors will make the final choice. The editors are not, however, bound by these suggestions.

The Journal’s review process
There are a few steps to the editorial review process:

  1. The chief editor, executive editor and the technical editors examine the paper to determine whether it is appropriate for the journal and should be reviewed.  If not appropriate, the manuscript is rejected outright and the author is informed.
  2. The editorial assistant sends the article-identifying information having been removed, to selected referees (one of the referee is from the Journal's editorial board and others are specialists in the subject matter represented by the article).  The editorial assistant asks them to complete the review in one month. Comments to authors are about the appropriateness and adequacy of the theoretical or conceptual framework, literature review, method, results and discussion, and conclusions.  Reviewers often include suggestions for strengthening of the manuscript. 
  3. The editorial assistant, in consultation with the editor-in-chief, executive editor and technical editors examines the reviews and decides whether to reject the manuscript, invite the author(s) to revise and resubmit the manuscript, or seek additional reviews.  Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editorial Board, who reserves the right to refuse any material for publication.  In rare instances, the manuscript is accepted with almost no revision.  Almost without exception, reviewers' comments (to the author) are forwarded to the author.  If a revision is indicated, the editor provides guidelines for attending to the reviewers' suggestions and perhaps additional advice about revising the manuscript.
  4. The authors decide whether and how to address the reviewers' comments and criticisms and the editor's concerns.  The authors submit a revised version of the paper to the executive editor along with specific information describing how they have answered' the concerns of the reviewers and the editor.
  5. The editorial assistant sent the revised paper for review, at least one of the original reviewers will be asked to examine the article.
  6. After reviewers have completed their work, the editorial assistant in consultation with the editor-in-chief and the editorial board will examine their comments and decide whether the paper is ready to be published, needs another round of revisions, or should be rejected.
  7. If the decision is to accept, the paper is sent to that Press and the article should appear in print in approximately four months. The Publisher ensures that the paper adheres to the correct style (in-text citations, the reference list, and tables are typical areas of concern, clarity, and grammar).  The authors are asked to respond to any queries by the Publisher.  Following these corrections, page proofs are mailed to the corresponding authors for their final approval.  At this point, only essential changes are accepted.  Finally, the article appears in the pages of the Journal and is posted on-line.

English language editing
All authors required to get their manuscripts edited by professional English language editors. Author(s) must provide a certificate confirming that their manuscripts have been adequately edited. A proof from a recognised editing service should be submitted together with the cover letter at the time of submitting a manuscript to MJMS. All costs will be borne by the author(s).

This step, taken by authors before submission, will greatly facilitate reviewing, and thus publication if the content is acceptable.

Author material archive policy
Authors who require the return of any submitted material that is rejected for publication in the journal should indicate on the cover letter. If no indication is given, that author's material should be returned, the Editorial Office will dispose of all hardcopy and electronic material.

Authors publishing the Journal will be asked to sign a declaration form.  In signing the form, it is assumed that authors have obtained permission to use any copyrighted or previously published material.  All authors must read and agree to the conditions outlined in the form, and must sign the form or agree that the corresponding author can sign on their behalf.  Articles cannot be published until a signed form has been received. 

Hardcopies of the Journals and off prints
Under the Journal’s open access initiative, authors can choose to download free material (via PDF link) from any of the journal issues from MJMS’s website.

The corresponding author for all articles will receive one complimentary hardcopy of the journal in which his/her articles is published. In addition, 10 off prints of the full text of their article will also be provided. Additional copies of the journals may be purchased by writing to the executive editor.