Being a Reviewer
Reviewers are called to evaluate articles submitted for possible publication in a specific journal. The evaluation for possible publication is based on the requirements of that specific journal, predefined criteria, relevance and quality, completeness and accuracy of the research presented. Reviewers are required to give feedback and confirmation on the article, and as much as possible, suggest necessary improvements and recommend to the editor, whether to accept, reject or request changes to the article under review.
Generally, expectations from a reviewer are as follows:
- Comply with the ethical standard for reviewers as discussed by COPE
- Ensure that the standards of the scientific process are met by taking part in the peer-review system.
- Contribute to the integrity of the journal by identifying unacceptable research, and helping to maintain the quality of the journal.
- Reciprocate professional courtesies, as authors and reviewers are often interchangeable roles – as reviewer, researchers ‘repay’ the same courtesy they receive as authors.
- Ensure that the article under review is your area of expertise.
- Disclose any potential conflict of interest.
- Have an allotted time for reviewing to meet the deadlines.
Understanding the Review Process
Scholarly peer review (also known as refereeing) is the process of subjecting an author s scholarly work, research, or ideas to the scrutiny of others who are experts in the same field, before a paper describing this work is published in a journal or as a book. Sons and Daughters Publishing House Inc. uses the Double Blind Review type of reviewing. This means that both the reviewer and the author are kept anonymous to each other. Anonymity of authors prevents any reviewer to become bias, for example based on an author s country of origin or previous controversial work. It also ensures that the articles written by prestigious or renowned authors are considered on the basis of the content of their papers, rather than their reputation. Please read the specific review process for each journal.
Conducting the Review
Before you actually conduct a review, please ensure you have read the expectations from you as a reviewer and your responsibilities. You must keep the confidentiality of the article being reviewed; this means you can’t share them with anyone without prior authorization from the editor. Also, since confidential, you also must not share any information about the review with anyone without permission from the editors and authors. If these things are clear to you, then you may proceed with the review.
- Create an account being a reviewer.
- Wait for the approval of the administration to review and accept your application.
- Once notified, Log in using your account.
- Choose among the posted articles that you wish to review.
- You can download the article for your own readings.
- Once finished reading, you can start writing your comments and suggestion to each part of the article using the online paper reviewing system.
- Finally, choose your recommendation.
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