The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. JASS utilizes a double-blind peer review process in which the reviewer and authors’ names and information are withheld from the other. In order to facilitate a blinded review process, we request that there not be any author identifying information within the main document of an "in progress" submission. Rather than removing citations, we recommend that authors change their names to "blinded" within the in-text citations and references section. Articles that are accepted for publication with blinded information will be corrected during the production stage of this process. The title page and author information also will be added before the article is published. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the Article Editor who then make the final recommendation.
All researchers who have made a basic contribution (data collection, data analysis, writing report etc.) to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status.
JASS will only consider up to Two articles submitted by an author or author group at one time. Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of JASS will be reviewed.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. They may be individuals or organizations: public, commercial, or not-for-profit.
JASS will reject any manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves or where any systematic manipulation of the peer review or publication process has been suspected. The journal reserves the right to enforce this policy at any point of the peer review or publication process.
JASS requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Authors are required to include any declaration in file separate from the main text, after any acknowledgements, under the heading 'Conflicts of Interest.' and state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. If they have conflict of interests then mention there.
When making a declaration the disclosure information must be specific and include any financial relationship that all authors of the article has with any sponsoring organization and the for profit interests the organization represents, and with any for-profit product discussed or implied in the text of the article.
Any commercial or financial involvements that might represent an appearance of a conflict of interest need to be additionally disclosed in the covering letter accompanying your article to assist the Editor in evaluating whether sufficient disclosure has been made within the Declaration of Conflicting Interests provided in the article.
For research articles, authors are required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal. Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for information to be published was provided by the concerned individual or competent authority. The Journal requests that you confirm to us, in writing, that you have obtained written informed consent but the written consent itself should be held by the authors themselves.
The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:
- share your research data in a relevant public data repository
- include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
- cite this data in your research