Upon receiving the manuscript, the editorial assistant will check the completeness of the statements in the cover letter, as well as all other prerequisite conditions of the submission. Any submission failing to meet the submission requirements will be unsubmitted or desk rejected.
The manuscript that passes the submission threshold will be assigned to an Associate Editor or the Editor-in-Chief. Desk rejection will be issued if the manuscript clearly fails one of the key areas of the evaluation as listed in the Reviewer Guidelines section.
If the manuscript passes the editor’s initial screening, it will be assigned to at least two reviewers. The editor will make the decision regarding the manuscript’s acceptance or rejection. The EIC’s decision is final.
The desk rejection criteria follow the recommendation of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association:
A manuscript is usually rejected because the work (a) is seen as falling outside the coverage domain of the journal; (b) contains such severe flaws of design, methodology, analysis, or interpretation that the editor questions the validity of the findings; or (c) is judged as making a limited contribution to the field, given the standards of the journal.
A desk rejection is issued when the manuscript is (a) not appropriate for NCMR’s scope of publication because either the content or the format is not in keeping with the journal’s mission; or (b) when the editor determines that the it is unlikely that the paper will be evaluated favorably during the peer review process. Both decisions allow for a more efficient and effective review process. When a manuscript is submitted for a special issue, the desk rejection can also include the lack of fit for the special issue.
An editorial rejection might occur when initial review of the manuscript reveals formatting flaws such as exceeding the prescribed page limits.
A manuscript that has been rejected by NCMR may not be revised and resubmitted without invitation from the editor. If a manuscript is rejected on the basis of the peer review, the editor explains why it was rejected and may provide feedback from the reviewers. Authors who believe a pertinent point was overlooked or misunderstood by the reviewers may contact the editor to appeal the decision. Those who feel that their manuscript was unfairly rejected should consult the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) and present their arguments in a formal letter. The EIC will evaluate the arguments and decide whether a different decision will be made or different reviewers will be used to assess the quality and the suitability of the manuscript to be published at NCMR.
Authors are free to submit the rejected manuscript to another journal. Authors are welcome to use the reviewers’ and the editor’s feedback when revising their manuscript.