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Peer Reviewer’s Role
As a peer reviewer of a manuscript, your input is a crucial part of the peer-review process. The peer reviewer is responsible for assessing the quality of manuscripts that will be accepted into the journal. Peer reviewers assess and evaluate the merit of the article that includes, among others, the originality and contribution to the research field, rigour, and comprehensiveness of the manuscript.
The Review Process
There are five steps of the review process:
Step 1 - As a reviewer, you will be notified by e-mail of an invitation to review a manuscript. The e-mail might come embedded with hyperlink invitation responses.
Step 2 - Before responding to an invitation to review, a peer reviewer should ensure that:
The manuscript is within their area of expertise.
There is no conflicting interest (e.g., being the author of the manuscript, and providing fund to the research).
Able to commit with the given time to provide the review.
Step 3 – Select the appropriate hyperlink based on your availability to review. This action will respond to the journal and update the system with your response.
If you are available to review, click the “Able to review” or, conversely, if you are unavailable to review or if the article does not fall under your expertise, click “Unable to do review”
Step 4 - Once you agree to do the review, you will be directed to the submission page where you can click the file to download, review the full manuscript and declare whether you have any competing interest with regard to the research.
When you are reviewing a manuscript, please use this page to understand the aspect of the review. Please note that a peer reviewer assesses the manuscript and complete the review form within the given time.
Step 5 – The peer reviewer must select a recommendation for the manuscript (Accepted/ Accepted with Revision/ Rejected) and submit their feedback to complete the review process.