Peer Review

Manuscripts are first reviewed by the editorial office to check if they are in line with the scope of the journal and if they meet all its specific requirements. Once a manuscript successfully completes the editorial office review process it is sent for blind peer reviewing to two anonymous reviewers who have expertise and special knowledge of the subject area of the manuscript. The peer review system is double-blind so that both authors’ and reviewers’ identities are concealed. As per the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) National Code of Best Practice in Editorial Discretion and Peer Review, editors will approach peer reviewers “who have not previously co-published extensively with the author(s), who are for this and other reasons free of known bias in relation to the subject matter, the author(s) and/or their institutions, and who can cover, from a position of authority and peer expertise, the topic(s) dealt with in the paper concerned.”

Reviewers are invited to review the manuscript by sending them the abstract of the manuscript. Upon acceptance to review the manuscript, the full text of the manuscript is sent to the reviewers after the author(s) have been concealed. Reviewers are required to provide a report in writing with clear recommendations for acceptance of the paper, with or without any revision, or rejection. If the two reports differ widely, the editor may invite a third reviewer. The reviewing process relies on the availability of qualified and expert reviewers and it may take up to 6 to 8 weeks to complete.

The AHMR endeavors to have papers reviewed within a one to four week period where possible. The review process may, however, take longer than this. AHMR editors mediates the blind reviews with authors. All reviewers’ comments are sent to the author(s) who are requested to make the necessary adjustments and resubmit their manuscripts to the editors. The journal’s editors will check that all recommended changes have been substantively attended to. Authors are required to submit a report to the editors, documenting how they have responded to reviewers’ suggestions and recommendations, using the online submission system. 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Publication Scheduling

This journal publishes three issues a year.

Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 2410-7972
print ISSN: 2411-6955