You have decided to become a reviewer in an international journal. What are the first steps? What rules to follow? We would like to give you here some tips and tricks from our editors, which may help you while starting this important mission in the scientific society.
- Manage your time properly.
In modern life, we all are busy. So, before accepting editor’s invitation you should think carefully if preparing this review report meets your schedule.
- Respect author’s opinion.
Be polite to authors, as the next day you most likely can switch the roles.
- You should be qualified for your task.
An article should be within your area of expertise and not cause any conflict of interest.
- Answer editor’s email by clicking a link, if any.
Do not try to write a long response for an editor with explanations and excuses why you not taking this article for review. An editor as any other person with a busy schedule may be overloaded with tasks. Simply clicking the link “I agree”/ “I don’t agree” will save much of both yours and his or her time.
- Try to help.
Do not obstruct the publishing process with a biased opinion. It would be much better if you try to be helpful. However, if any conflicts with your research exist, be sure to inform an editor.
- Pay attention to key elements of the article.
Most publishers now give a template for review report, which contains key elements that must be analyzed. Sticking to this template will arrange your task to give an explicit review report. However, without this template you will have to pay your attention to many points, i.e. scope, novelty, methodology, results, etc. You can also leave recommendations on improvement in the comment section.
- Read an article thoroughly.
Better, read your report few times before submission to avoid obvious grammar mistakes and misprints.
- Keep your report laconic.
No one is eager to receive a big number of pages about every small detail of scientific paper.
- Ignore grammar and misprint mistakes in article.
The paper will undergo further revisions and technical check before publication, so you don’t need to correct such mistakes immediately. Unless you are not able to catch the sense because of errors, you need to inform editor about it.
- Adhere Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers outlined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers contains the basic principles to which peer reviewers should adhere.
- Follow journal’s Guidance for Reviewers
The reviewing process varies from journal to journal. Many journals provide Guidelines for Reviewers serving to orient and guide individuals asked to provide peer review for journal.
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. Guidance for Reviewers. https://www.scipress.com/guidelines/guidance-for-reviewers
. ICMJE recommendations. Conflicts of Interest. http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/roles-and-responsibilities/author-responsibilities–conflicts-of-interest.html#two