How manuscripts are treated

  1. Each manuscript is immediately assigned a unique, four-digit number, to facilitate subsequent tracking, and an acknowledgment is sent to the author.
  2. The editors read the essay and decide whether to go forward with a peer review or to decline to consider it because it fails to meet the ASR mission or format. Less than 10% of manuscripts are rejected at this stage.
  3. If the manuscript is to be reviewed, the editors consult the frequently updated reviewer database of over 1,000 individuals, most of whom are members of the African Studies Association, to construct a unique panel of reviewers, whose expertise matches the content of the manuscript by country or region, discipline, and topic. Individuals on this panel are then invited to review the manuscript, and to return their reviews within 60 days.
  4. Once three peer reviews are received, the editors decide whether to accept, to decline the manuscript, or to invite the author to revise and resubmit it. The editors inform the author at once, and in all cases, the reviewers' comments are sent to the authors, with the reviewers' personal identities masked.
  5. For those manuscripts that are accepted, the ASR copy editor checks the concordance of citations and references, and hones expression, often, but not always checking with the author. The copy editor then sends the edited text to the author for a final check that no errors were introduced at the copy editing stage. No revisions -- other than rectifying errors -- or new material may be added at this stage