Peer Review Process

All manuscripts submitted to this journal (Record and Library Journal) must follow Focus and Scope and Author Guidelines of this journal. The submitted manuscript to this journal can be written in Indonesian or English. The manuscript must not have been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. 

All submitted manuscripts must be free from plagiarism content. All authors are suggested to use plagiarism detection software to do the similarity checking (please use Turnitin to check the similarity). Editors will also check the similarity of manuscripts in this journal by using Turnitin software.

The submitted manuscripts to this journal will be peer-reviewed by at least 2 (two) or more expert reviewers from Peer Reviewers Team. The reviewers give scientific valuable comments improving the contents of the manuscript. The review process used in this journal is a double-blind review system. 3-4 (three to four) weeks will be needed for reviewers to complete one round of the reviewing process.

The final decision of manuscript acceptance is solely made by the Editor in Chief according to the reviewer's critical comments. But if the related article is deemed inappropriate from the start, the related article will be rejected immediately without a review process by the editor. The final decision of the manuscript is solely based on the Editor's final review which considers peer reviewers' comments (but not solely by the Reviewer).

Publication of accepted articles including assigning the article to the published issue will be made by the Editor in Chief by considering the sequence of accepted dates. The average manuscript turnaround time of the serial publication from submission to publish is 4 month.


  1. Check if there is a manuscript submission on the website
  2. If available, download the original file and supplementary file (usually consists of cover page & statement page)
  3. The original file is forwarded to the admin secretary for Turnitin application (plagiarism check). If the author does not include the supplementary file, it should be requested to the author via email (the request email is sent along with the pre-review in step 2. Note: the author statement is not mandatory). Meanwhile, if the author has included the supplement file, forward the file to the journal admin for archiving.


  1. Checking the quality of the manuscript content (based on the RLJ manuscript template guide for authors)
  2. Checking the percentage of plagiarism of the manuscript by the admin secretary and the appointment of the SECTION REDACTOR
  3. Establishing a checklist for pre-review whether the manuscript is in accordance with the RLJ guide manuscript template for authors
  4. Send the pre-review back to the author for revision along with a request for a cover page (if none), tables, and images in jpg/jpeg format with HD quality for layout needs.  Note: if overdue, remind the author daily
  5. If the author has submitted revisions, the editorial team can decide whether to accept, reject, or revise the manuscript again before forwarding it to the reviewers.


  1. SECTION EDITOR looks for reviewers. The SECTION EDITOR usually already has their own reviewers, but if the SECTION EDITOR has difficulty choosing reviewers, it can be helped by looking at the reviewer recommendations that the author provides in the form of a cover page.
  2. Reviewers must consist of at least 2 people, one of whom is Asian and the other is a foreigner or all reviewers are foreigners.
  3. Monitor the email flow between SECTION EDITOR and reviewers to help remind reviewers if SECTION EDITOR forgets or has other matters.
  4. After the review process is complete, SECTION EDITOR sends the manuscript back to the author for revision (make sure to wait until 2 reviewers have finished reviewing). 
  5. Make sure the reviewer has completed the review form from SECTION EDITOR because this form will be used to submit data on the website and a list of reviewers for the archive.
  6. After the manuscript has been revised by the author, SECTION EDITOR sends it back to the reviewer to check if it is completely revised.


  1. REDACTION SECTION forwards the manuscript to the editor to be decided through an internal meeting by the RLJ editorial team and based on the reviewer's consideration whether it is suitable for publication, needs further revision or is completely rejected.
  2. If the manuscript needs to be revised again.


  1. Accepted manuscripts will be final edited by the copyeditor
  2. Manuscripts are proofread by professional proofreaders and then sent back to the author for revision
  3. After that, the manuscript goes through the process of layout based on RLJ publication standards, galley changes to PDF files, and creating reference links within the PDF contents


A final check is done by the author and RLJ crew to double-check the manuscript before publication


If the manuscript does not require revision, it will be grouped into 3 types of publications, namely Issue in Press (All accepted manuscripts/articles are temporarily pre-published in "Article In Press of RLJ journal" and are not assigned a volume/issue number. This means that all articles in this initial issue are awaiting official publication in the next issue. Please note that the DOI number in this In Press issue has not yet been registered.), Issue in Process (This issue is still in the process of publishing, and has not been officially published so that the number of articles will be complete), and Issue in Publish (manuscripts published according to volume and issue).