Guidlines for Authors

Submission, Review, & Decision


Submission Requirements

Aspect such as article type specifications including the indicated article lengths, illustrations, table limits and references will be taken into consideration before approving or rejecting a submission. All submissions to Inquest must meet the following requirements to be considered for us to publish in our platform -

  • The submission is expected to represent work that was not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. The research carried out is expected to be authentic.
  • We understand that it is not in our power to predict that all submissions will be useful, hence we will be accepting all (qualified and approved by Editors) kinds of submissions initially, with the hopes of learning and ignoring those works that are not useful.
  • Hoping all the manuscripts will be as succinct as possible, we expect the articles to present the results after thorough scientific research and the results should be repeatable.
  • Unsuccessful hypothesis and experiments need to have a comprehensive reasoning behind their results.
  • The experiments, statistics, and other analysis are expected to be performed with high technical standards, with results that are repeatable and described in full detail.
  • Ambiguity shall be avoided while stating the conclusions and discussions (if any) while presenting the material with explanations supported by data.
  • Research, experimentation and writers’ integrity shall be considered the most important aspects by the authors in the respective field.
  • The authors must compose their works while following all the stated and applicable standards and guidelines for data publication.
  • Authors are requested to avoid presenting results with raw or unprocessed data.
  • Each submission shall be written clearly and unambiguously in Standard English.

Submission Components

Manuscripts should be submitted in the form of Word of PDF (.pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf). The author or (in the case of multiple contributors) one of the authors listed in the Manuscript shall submit the file(s) through EMS.

Alternatively, you may send your submission to our E-mail address: inquestpublications

Submitted manuscripts are expected to include the following elements (One or more based on the type of content):

  • Cover letter (Mandatory)
  • Abstract
  • Introduction and Authorship Information
  • Manuscript (Mandatory)
  • Results and Discussions
  • Conclusion Statement
  • Figures
  • Tables
  • Supplemental Material
  • Acknowledgments
  • References

Detailed guidelines of each aspect shall be explained in ‘Manuscript Preparation’.

Review Process

Each journal submitted to Inquest will be led by an Editor-in-Chief and supported by a Board of Associate Editors, comprised of respected researchers from respective fields. Inquest is committed to providing all its authors with a fair and timely review process, constructive feedback, and an encouraging and accommodating environment. We publish articles that are methodologically thorough, worthy of inclusion in the scholarly record with further research and dissertation in the relevant field of study.

We work with an objective to make initial decisions on each submission within 21 calendar days. If the submission was done fulfilling all the guidelines and comprising all the supporting files and details in a pre-defined order, the approved Manuscript will be processed immediately for publication which will take approximately another 10 business days.

The standard review process follows these steps:

  • All manuscripts submitted to Inquest are received by an Editorial Assistant. He/she will examine all files including the cover letter, text files, references, images, and figures. If all the submitted files meet the technical and formatting expectations of Inquest, authors will be sent an acknowledgment of the Manuscript along with a unique Manuscript ID number.
  • Once a Manuscript ID is allotted to the submission, it’ll be sent for an editorial review and external peer review. During all corresponding between the submission and publication, authors are suggested to quote the given Manuscript ID number.
  • If the authors fail to compile the Manuscript according to Inquest’s guidelines, they will be sent a constructed feedback and detailed instructions about the required changes and asked to re-submit the files to the Editorial office using a ‘Revised Submission’ page.
  • One all the files have passed the Technical as well as Formatting requirements, the Manuscript will be assigned to a Section Editor or a member of the Editorial Board.
  • The assigned editor shall review the Manuscript and return it to the Editorial Assistant / Secretary attaching the comments. Inquest’s editorial process grants the Editors the authority to reject any Manuscript, if it doesn’t meet the defined guidelines, scientific and medical publishing standards or is simply out of the scope of the journal.
  • The External Peer reviewer(s) will receive the Manuscript that was reviewed by the Editor along with the comments. The peer reviewers’ identity shall be kept confidential to ensure a fair and unbiased review for every publication.
  • Later the Editor-in-chief shall review the submissions to categorize those that needed to go for a full review and assign an Associate Editor to manage the same.
  • The assigned Associated Editor shall pick reviewers and afterward one of the following publication recommendations will be sent to the Editor-in-Chief.
    _Accept with no need of revision;
    _Invite author(s) to revise the submission in order to address concerns (specific but relatively minor);
    _Invite author(s) to revise the submission in order to address concerns (moderate to major);
    _Reject, but suggest to the author(s) that further work might justify a resubmission; or
    _Reject outright.
  • In cases where a revision is recommended, the Editorial Assistant shall include a short paragraph in the response, summarizing the major concerns raised by the reviewers to address and ask the author(s) to include a ‘Response to Reviewers’ section with their amendment.
  • The Editor-in-chief’s decision will be the ultimate one for the publication and he/she shall communicate directly with the corresponding author(s) on the results of the review process.
  • One the submission is accepted by the Editor-in-chief, a Production Editor will perform a technical audit of the final Manuscript and the attached supporting files, to make sure the submission will move through the production process smoothly.
  • Towards the acceptance of the Manuscript, it may be edited for grammar, punctuation, style as well as accuracy. An edited, pre-print, proof of the manuscript with all the supporting files, will be sent to the corresponding author(s) for approval in the form of a PDF file. As soon as the author(s) approve of the corrections, the latter submission shall be considered as the final copy.
  • At this stage, only typesetting such as incorrect punctuations and typos shall be corrected. Author(s) are not allowed to make any significant changes to the text or add/ delete figures. The final proof needs to be returned to the Editorial Office within the next three calendar days (72 hours).
  • Once the final copy of the Manuscript is received by the Editorial office, the same shall be prepared for publication. During the preparation, HTML, PDF, XML and other formats of the manuscript will be prepared. From the time final copy is received, the average time to publication is approximately four weeks. All manuscripts are published in HTML and PDF formats.