About the Peer Review Process

Peer review is vital to the quality of published research. Your submitted article will be evaluated by at least two independent reviewers. Feedback from the peer reviewers will contribute to the editor’s decision on whether to accept or reject your article for publication.

What is peer review and why is it important?

Peer review is defined as the “critical assessment of manuscripts submitted to journals by experts who are not part of the editorial staff.” Ninety-one percent of authors think that peer review improved the quality of their article (Sense About Science Peer Review Survey). Peer review ensures the integrity of science by excluding invalid or low-quality research.

How does it work?

The journal editor invites reviewers who are experts in your article’s subject matter to evaluate the article and provide feedback. Reviewers comment on a variety of points such as whether the study is well designed or if the results are too preliminary. Reviewers can help authors hone key points, identify and resolve errors, and generate new ideas. The reviewers’ feedback informs the editor’s decision on whether to accept or reject the article. The most common types of peer review are single-blind and double-blind review.

In single-blind, the names of the reviewers are not shared with the author but the reviewers are aware of the author’s identity. In double-blind, neither the author nor the reviewers are aware of each other’s identity. Both models ensure that the reviewer can give an honest and impartial evaluation of the article. Most publications use the single-blind review format.

Responsibilities of the Reviewer

  • Provide a prompt, thorough, and impartial review of the article.
  • Give constructive feedback with reasonable suggestions and professional tone.
  • Avoid suggesting the addition of irrelevant or unnecessary references.
  • Alert the editor to any suspected ethical issues.
  • Maintain confidentiality by safeguarding the unique contributions of the author’s work.
  • Responsibilities of the Author
  • Accurately report research findings.
  • Ensure article meets all publication requirements and adheres to ethical standards.
  • Revise article as per reviewers’ suggestions (or give a reason why not).
  • Learn more about the author’s responsibilities during peer review.

Benefits for being a reviewer

Seen to be a member of Program Committee;
Attend conference for free;
Enjoy lunch, banquet, and coffee break for free;
10% discount on paper publication.

Looking Forward to Your Submission!