Instructions for Reviewers

Following are the instructions for the reviewers as per Journal’s SOPs

  1. The reviewers can only review the manuscripts for which they have the subject expertise required to carry out a proper and timely assessment.
  2. The reviewers are expected to respect the confidentiality of peer review and not to disclose any details of a manuscript.
  3. The reviewers will not use information obtained during the peer-review process for their personal or any other person’s or organization’s advantage, or to harm or disgrace others.
  4. They will declare all potential conflicting interests, seeking advice from the journal if they are unsure whether something constitutes a relevant interest.
  5. They are also not allowed for any kind of discrimination based on origins of a manuscript, nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender or other characteristics of the authors, or by commercial considerations.
  6. The reviewers should be objective and constructive in their reviews, refraining from being hostile or inflammatory and from making defamatory or derogatory personal comments.
  7. They will provide accurate information regarding their personal and professional expertise.
  8. It should also be recognized that impersonation of another individual during the review process will be considered serious misconduct.
  9. The reviewers are independent in making reviews of the article as they deem fit or think appropriate.

For a detailed account of the ethical guidelines for peer reviewers developed by COPE, please access the following document: