Guidelines for Reviewers

All reviewers are advised to make sure that the article they have been requested to evaluate lies within their area of expertise prior to begin the reviewing. Also, that there exists no conflict of interest and they are able to complete the peer review within the given time frame. They should refrain from reviewing the articles where any form of conflict of interest exists; and a notification should be conveyed to the editors if they require more than the framed time. Reviewers’ evaluation reports should be based on the scholastic standards only without any bias. Detailed comments should be included in the reports for better understanding of the author both in cases of rejecting the article or sending it back for revision. Systematic comments also assist the editor to make his/her final decision. According to the Green Publishers policies all articles are treated as confidential so the reviewers must never share the details of the articles with third parties. If an external referee’s expertise deem necessary, advance permission must be sought from the respective editor. As per our policy, a double-blinded reviewing method is adopted for all journals where the referee and authors remain anonymous to each other throughout the process. Below brief guidelines will enlighten the referees about their roles in evaluation:

  • Analyze each article on the basis of validity and quality of the literature. The article should meet the journal’s policies and standards.
  • The title should be in accordance to the content of the article.
  • Evaluate the originality and scientific accuracy of the paper.
  • Make sure that the abstract, introduction, methodology, results and conclusions have been appropriately described by the author. All these headings should contain relevant, accurate and clearly stated information.
  • Ensure that enough information is present for the study to be replicated.
  • The data analyses should fully support the authors’ claims. If they do not, the reviewers should mention the missing evidences and necessary information in their report.
  • Collected data, statistics, figures, graphs, pictures and tables require special attention to make sure that all of these are in good association, easily interpretable, authentic and reliable.
  • Citations and referencing should be checked for accuracy.
  • Any ethical issue including plagiarism should be notified to the editors..