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Asian Research Journal of Mathematics

Asian Research Journal of Mathematics, 2456-477X,Vol.: 5, Issue.: 2

 

Original-research-article

 

A Markov Chain Model Approach to Study Academic Promotions in Ghanaian Universities

 

 

Buckman Akuffo1*, Samuel Okae – Adjei2 and Paul Baah3

1Department of Applied Mathematics, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology, Koforidua Technical University, Koforidua, Ghana.

2Department of Marketing, Faculty of Business and Management Studies, Koforidua Technical University, Koforidua, Ghana.

3Department of Liberal Studies, Faculty of Business and Management Studies, Koforidua Technical University, Koforidua, P.O. Box KF 981, Ghana.

 

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Specific Comment

Average Peer review marks at initial stage: 6.8/10

Average Peer review marks at publication stage: 9/10

Peer review history

 

Stage Description File 1 File 2 Date
Stage 1 Original Manuscript File 1 NA May 11, 2017
Stage 2 Peer review report_1 (Huilin Huang, China) File 1 NA May 25, 2017
Stage 2 Peer review report_2 (Syed Muhammed Aqil Burney, Pakistan) File 1 NA May 25, 2017
Stage 2 Peer review report_3 (Emilija Kisic, Serbia) File 1 NA May 29, 2017
Stage 2 Peer review report_4 (S K Srivatsa, India) File 1 NA May 28, 2017
Stage 2 Peer review report_5 (Diana Bilkova, Czech Republic) File 1 NA May 17, 2017
Stage 2 Peer review report_6 (Ajay Auddy, India) File 1 NA May 31, 2017
Stage 2 Revised MS v1 and Feedback v1 File 1 File 2 Jun 5, 2017
Stage 2 Re-Review report_1_v1(Huilin Huang, China) (No response) NA NA NA
Stage 2 Re-Review report_2_v1 (Syed Muhammed Aqil Burney, Pakistan) File 1 NA Jun 13, 2017
Stage 2 Re-Review report_3_v1 (Emilija Kisic, Serbia) (NA) NA NA NA
Stage 2 Re-Review report_4_v1 (S K Srivatsa, India) (NA) NA NA NA
Stage 2 Re-Review report_5_v1 (Diana BĂ­lkova, Czech Republic) File 1 NA Jun 8, 2017
Stage 2 Re-Review report_6_v1 (Ajay Auddy, India) (NA) NA NA NA
Stage 2 Revised MS v2 and Feedback v2 File 1 File 2 Jun 19, 2017
Stage 3 Comment_Editor_1_v1 File 1 NA Jun 26, 2017

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