Role of Reviewers

Towards Authors

  • To provide a written and unbiased feedback in a timely manner on the scholarly merits and the scientific value of the work, together with the documented basis for the reviewer’s opinion
  • To indicate whether the writing is clear, concise, and relevant and to rate the work’s composition, scientific accuracy, originality, and interest to the journal’s readers
  • To avoid personal comments or criticism
  • To maintaining the confidentiality of the review process: not sharing, discussing with third parties, or disclosing information from the reviewed paper

Towards Editors

  • To notify the editor immediately if unable to review in a timely manner and provide the names of potential other reviewers (optional)
  • To alert the editor about any potential personal or financial conflict of interest and decline to review when the possibility of a conflict exists between the reviewer and the content of the manuscript
  • To comply with the editor’s written instructions on the journal’s expectations for the scope, content, and quality of the review
  • To provide a thoughtful, fair, constructive, and informative critique of the submitted work, which may include supplementary material provided to the journal by the author
  • To determine the scientific merit, originality, and scope of the work; to indicate ways on how to improve it; and to recommend acceptance or rejection of the manuscript to the Editor-in-chief
  • To note any ethical concerns, such as any violation of accepted norms of ethical treatment of animal or human subjects or substantial similarity between the reviewed manuscript and any published paper or any manuscript concurrently submitted to another journal which may be known to the reviewer
  • To refrain from any direct contact with author

Towards Readers

  • To ensure that the methods are adequately detailed to allow the reader to judge the scientific merit of the study design and be able to replicate the study, if desired
  • To ensure that the article cites all relevant work by other scientists