Contribution to Editorial Decisions
The peer review process assists the editors in deciding whether to publish the submitted manuscript and the author in improving the paper, if necessary.
Competence and Meeting Deadlines
Any selected reviewer who does not feel qualified to review the specific topic of a proposed article, or who knows that it will be impossible to review it in time, should inform the editors and ask to be excused from the review process.
- Peer review must be unbiased and objective, and the reviewer's evaluation should be based solely on the statements made in the article.
- Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
Checking Sources and References
- Reviewers should identify instances where the author does not properly cite sources or ignores previously published relevant literature on the subject of the study.
- Reviewers should inform the editors of any significant similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and other published work of which they have personal knowledge.
- Any manuscript submitted for peer review must be treated as a confidential document. Therefore, the reviewer is not permitted to disclose any information about the manuscript to any person not involved in the review process.
Avoidance of Conflicts of Interest
- Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have a conflict of interest due to collaborative or other relationships with the author(s).