All manuscripts submitted to TAJ will undergo several stages of review. This begins with the preliminary evaluation on the scope and style of the manuscript which will be done by the managing editor in consultation with the editor-in-chief and at least one associate editor. Once a paper is judged to adhere to the scope and style of the journal, it will be sent to 2 or 3 peer reviewers suggested by the editor-in-chief and / associate editor. TAJ follows a double-blind peer review process on all manuscripts. Reviewers are given 3 to 4 weeks to review a manuscript. If upon review, the manuscript is deemed acceptable upon certain the incorporation of revisions, it is returned to the authors by the managing editor, and he/she is given 2-3 weeks to revise the manuscript. The revised manuscript must then be returned to the managing editor accompanied by a response letter highlighting the revisions done or answers the queries of the reviewers. The managing editor then forwards the revised manuscript and letter to the assigned associate editor and editor for final review. Final decision on the acceptance of the paper will be made by the editor-in-chief upon the recommendation of the associate editor.
The decisions on submitted manuscripts are as follows:
Authors must acknowledge all funding sources (research grants, scholarships, and fellowships), persons and institutions who have contributed to the study. Peer-reviewers and TAJ editors need not be put in the acknowledgement. If there are identified potential conflicts of interest by the authors, this must be explicitly stated in a “Declaration of Conflict of Interest” section after the acknowledgements.
Manuscripts submitted to the TAJ are categorized as
Authors should declare potential conflict of interest and sources of funding and must be ready to provide the editorial board copies of government permits for the collection of wildlife and or clearance from the ethics review board if requested. The corresponding author is responsible for gathering the said documents upon request by the editorial board. TAJ reserves the right to reject a manuscript that fails to comply with any of the above mentioned criteria.
Complaints on the peer-review process, plagiarism, falsification and fabrication of data and the like, non-declaration of conflicts of interests and other publication and research malpractices must be sent to the Managing Editor in a letter addressed to the Editor-in-Chief.
The Editorial Board will process the complaint and decide accordingly. If complaints are deemed meritorious, the manuscript maybe rejected, given an addendum explaining the correction in the next issue of the journal (if manuscript has been published), and authors may be banned from submitting in TAJ. Other legal actions may be utilized in order to protect the integrity of TAJ.