Editorial Workflow

Each submitted manuscript will be subject to peer review by at least two reviewers from a relevant field of study. Reviewers shall be appointed by the Editor-in-Chief. Reviewers must follow the given Review Criteria, using the Review Form established by the Editorial Board. Any indication of the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s) are removed from the manuscript when they are sent to the reviewers. Each reviewer will evaluate the assigned manuscript according to the given criteria.

In case of suggesting minor revisions, the reviewer shall give clear directions specifying which parts of the manuscript should be revised. When submitting a revised manuscript, authors should include the following items with their revised submission. Normally 1 week is given for a revision.

Response to reviewers

Address the specific points made by each reviewer. Include author’s responses to all the reviewers’ and editors’ comments and list the corresponding changes made to the manuscript.

Revised manuscript (marked-up copy)

Include a marked-up copy of your manuscript file showing the changes you have made since the original submission. The best way to show these changes is the “Track Changes” option in Microsoft Word.

Revised manuscript (clean copy)

Upload a clean copy of your revised manuscript that does not show your changes.

A manuscript rated as “Article to be re-submitted after major revisions” shall be reviewed for the next issue if it is revised and submitted again. The revised and resubmitted manuscript shall go through the same review procedure stipulated herein.

The review process is normally completed within 60 days of paper submission and the Review Form, including the ratings of the submission, the reviewer’s specific comments, and suggestions, will be sent to the authors.

Appeal policy

The Journal of Universal Language aims to respond to and resolve all complaints quickly and constructively. If a manuscript is rejected and authors are not satisfied about the result of their manuscript, they can appeal a decision in case they feel that their article has been rejected unfairly.

If you wish to appeal the decision on the manuscript, you should send a letter of appeal to the editor of the Journal of Universal Language at unish@sejong.ac.kr. The appeal must be filed within a week of receiving the final decision letter. The letter of appeal should be two pages or less, in Word or PDF form. The appeal letter should include the specific error that was made by the editor and/or reviewers and provide conclusive evidence that the specific error identified was, in fact, an error.

The editor will review the letter of appeal and will respond with a decision about whether to accept or reject the appeal. The editor's decision is final. If an author submits an appeal that is subsequently rejected, that author forfeits the opportunity to submit any new appeals for the duration of the editor's term. If the appeal is accepted, the editor will decide on an appropriate disposition of the manuscript, which may be to accept or conditionally accept the manuscript, to request further revision.