Aims and Scope
Hue University Journal of Science: Natural Science (HUJOS: Natural Science) is an open-access peer-reviewed journal published by Hue University, Vietnam. The Journal caters for multidisciplinary interests and is to disseminate the newest high-quality research results in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. The Journal is devoted to the publication of contributions of theoretical, experimental, and applied research on the above disciplines. The papers accepted for publication are double-blind refereed to ensure academic integrity and disseminated promptly through a programme of continuous online publication.
As well as original research, HUJOS: Natural Science also publishes review papers about the state-of-the-art, emerging trends, and future directions of each field, editorials, and letters to editors. The Journal welcomes contributions from academics, professionals, graduate and undergraduate students, fellows, and associates pursuing research in Vietnam and all over the world.
Peer Review Process
HUJOS: Natural Science has adopted a double-blind peer review. A more detailed description of our editorial process can be found below.
INITIAL SCREENING. A newly submitted manuscript is screened by the Editorial Staff and HUJOS-NS EDITOR for its conformity to HUJOS-NS’s scope and basic submission requirements.
PEER REVIEW. If the manuscript passes the initial screening stage, it is assigned to a handling Subject-Editor, who then sends it to at least two reviewers with expertise in the relevant fields. The article is anonymized and a double-blind peer review is carried out.
Note: If the manuscript fails to pass the initial screening, it is rejected without further review.
FIRST DECISION. A decision is only made when at least one review reports have been received. If the reports (and/or reviewers’ recommendations) differ significantly, the handling Subject-Editor will request an additional reviewer to aid them in determining its suitability for publication.
At this stage, a manuscript can either be rejected, be required minor or major revision, or be accepted as is. If significant changes to the language or content are required, the handling editor may recommend that the manuscript be resubmitted following a significant revision, after which it will go through a second peer review. If the manuscript is accepted, it will be returned to the submitting author for formatting (following a pre-set template). The final decision to accept the manuscript is made by the HUJOS-NS EDITOR based on the recommendation of the handling Subject-Editor and following approval by the editorial board.
REVISION STAGE. A manuscript that requires revision is returned to the submitting author, who will have up to 2 to 4 weeks to revise the manuscript, following which it will be reviewed by the handling editor. The handling editor will then determine if the required changes have been made, that they are adequate and appropriate, and if the author(s) sufficiently responded to the reviewers' comments and suggestions.
If the revisions are deemed to be inadequate, this stage will be repeated, giving the author(s) a second opportunity to address the reviewers’ concerns. Please note that if the handling editor finds that the article will not be sufficiently improved by a second revision (in other words, that a second revision will be a waste of the author(s) and/or journal’s time), they have the discretion of proceeding directly to the next stage and recommending that the manuscript be rejected.
FINAL DECISION. At this stage, the revised manuscript is either accepted or rejected. This decision is based on whether the handling editor finds the manuscript to have been improved to a level worthy of publication. If the article is accepted, it is queued for typesetting, proofreading, and ultimately publication in an upcoming issue. If the author(s) are unable to make the required changes, or have done so to a degree below HUJOS-NS’s standards, the manuscript is rejected.
HUJOS: Natural Science publishes its electronic and print versions (one volume with four issues per year) every quarter and closes the issue on the last day of March, June, September, and December. Two issues are in Vietnamese language, and two issues are in English. Submissions that are accepted for publication may be published online as soon as the copyediting, typesetting, and proofing are completed. These articles are final and fully citable.
HUJOS: Natural Science provides immediate open access to its published articles, with authors retaining copyright and free to deposit their work in any repository at any time.
Articles are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. In addition to being freely accessible, they may be copied, shared, or adapted for any lawful purpose in any medium, as long as appropriate credit is given to the author and HUJOS: Natural Science and changes are indicated. The English abbreviation for Hue University Journal of Science: Natural Science is HUJOS-NS
Index and Abstracting
Authors may appeal if they feel that the decision to reject was based on: i) a major misunderstanding over a technical aspect of the manuscript, or ii) a failure understand the scientific advance shown by the manuscript. Appeals requesting a second opinion without sufficient justification will not be considered. To appeal, please contact the journal by email, quoting your manuscript number. Appeals will only be considered from the original submitting author.