Focus and Scope

Kathford Journal of Engineering and Management (KJEM) is blind peer-reviewed journal of Kathford International College of Engineering and Management. The practice of peer review is specifically carried out to maintain high standard, improve quality, and provide credibility of research for good scholarly publishing. Hence, all manuscripts undergo peer review before its publication.

This journal committed to publish scholarly empirical and theoretical research articles, book reviews, case studies and project works that have a high impact on the engineering, applied science, management and other related fields. It encourages interested professionals, academics and research organizations working in the above field to share new ideas or new perspectives on existing research.

Peer Review Process

  1. The journal accepts manuscripts through electronic form in the template provided J-KIC. Typeset manuscript can be submitted through e–mail attachment to the Editor–in–Chief kijem@kathford.edu.np.
  2. The Editor-in-Chief and/or Editorial Staff first evaluates all the submitted manuscripts. Generally, manuscripts rejected at this stage are insufficiently original, have serious scientific flaws, have poor grammar or English language, or are outside the aims and scope of the journal. Manuscripts that meet the minimum criteria are forwarded to at least two academic and research experts for peer review. If necessary, there will be an option for third review.
  3. The journal utilizes experts from other universities, institutions, journals, or organizations to ensure impartiality, transparency, and diversity of the peer review process. The Editor-in-Chief then matches the referees to the paper according to their area of concentration and expertise whenever possible. The journal employs double blind reviewing where referees remain anonymous to the authors and vice-versa throughout the review process.
  4. Referees play a critical role in maintaining high standards of journal. Normally, referees are expected to evaluate the manuscript anchored, but not limited, to the following general criteria:
    • provides original and novel research topic or issue
    • proposes sound methods and approaches in the conduct of research
    • follows appropriate ethical principles and guidelines
    • presents the results and discussions clearly and supports the conclusion
    • establishes great importance to scientists in the specific field and fosters interest to other related fields or disciplines
    • although language correction is not part of the review process, the referees may suggest corrections and changes to the manuscript
  5. The time required for the review process is dependent on the response of the referees involved. Usually, these are cases where referee reports contradict each other or where delays of referee reports are unavoidable. To expedite the process, the journal disseminates the manuscripts immediately and set deadlines for the assigned referees. In cases of contradictory referee reports, the editor has the final decision whether to accept or reject the manuscript.
  6. Based on the reviewers’ recommendations, the editor makes the final decision based on the several possibilities indicated below.
    • Full Acceptance, with or without revisions
    • Conditional Acceptance, invite the author to revise their manuscript and address specific concerns before a final decision is made
    • Reject, but indicate to the authors that further improvements might justify a resubmission
    • Reject Outright, usually on the grounds lack of novelty and originality, insufficient theoretical and conceptual advancement, and major technical or interpretational problems of the manuscript.
  7. For conditionally accepted manuscripts, the editor can make the final decision to accept or reject without referring again to the peer reviewers.
  8. The final decision to accept or reject the manuscript is sent to the author. The recommendations are included in the notice of acceptance along with the verbatim comments by the referees. The editor’s decision to accept or reject is considered final.

Publication Frequency

The journal publishes annually.

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.