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You should consider carefully the following questions before accepting or refusing our review invitation:
- Is the paper suitable for your expertise? If you think you are able to give fair and quality comments, go ahead and accept our invitation.
- If there is a conflict of interest? Please report this to the editor.
- Do you have enough time? Please make sure you can meet the deadline because the review may involve a lot of work.
If you refuse our invitation, can you provide suggestions for other alternative reviewers?. In case you accept our invitation, you should respond to us quickly because the delay in your decision may slow down the review process.
Before you start
The materials you receive should be treated as confidential documents, meaning that you cannot share them with anyone without authorization from the editor. In addition, due to the confidentiality of peer review, you must not share information about the review with anyone without permission from the editors and authors.
Please set aside time to review the paper since high-quality opinions can help the journal select the right article to publish. You should consider the article from your own perspective and make sure you know what the journal is looking for.
Your review report
It is important to give your general observations of the article. In particular, your comments should be courteous and constructive, any personal remarks or personal details should not be included.
The provision of useful insights into the article’s weaknesses is vital. Both editors and authors can understand your comments if further explanations are provided. You should clarify whether you make your own opinion or refer to any data.
- To make sure that you have read and understood the research, you should summarize your comments in a paragraph.
- Your overall opinion over the article should show whether or not it is novel and interesting.
- Does it follow BDUJST’s standards?
- You should provide specific comments and suggestions on the layout and format, abstract, introduction, method, statistical errors, results, conclusion/discussion, language, and reference.
- If any plagiarism, fraud or ethical concerns are found, please report to the editor. Please visit our ethics site for further information.
- Any manuscripts you receive to review must be considered as confidential documents. Because of the confidentiality of the peer-review process, your review should not be told with anyone during and after the publication process without the authorization of the editor and author.
- When the reviewers suggest the authors to cite their (or their associates’) works, this must be for scientific reasons only. This activity must not for increasing citation counts or the visibility of reviewers’ works.
You should consider the categories for classifying the article that the editor usually uses as follows:
- Reject: (with reasons in the review report)
- Accept: without further revision
- Revise: – either major or minor (explain the revision required, and tell to the editor whether or not you are willing to review the revised version)
The final decision
The ultimate decision (accept or reject) will be made by the editor, and BDUJST is not responsible for this decision. All views are considered and weighed, and a third opinion can be asked before making a decision if necessary. The online editorial system provides reviewers with a notification of the final decision. If this is not applicable, you can contact the editor to find out whether the article was accepted or rejected.
Selection of papers
The guest editor takes responsibility for making the peer-review process fair and accurate. The selection of papers is based on the content quality and the appropriate topics offered by BDUJST.
Selection of reviewers
Reviewers should be selected according to their expertise in the field, and the guest editor must also review all disclosures of potential conflicts of interest made by reviewers to determine if any potential for bias exists.
At least two external and independent reviewers are selected to review each paper while additional comments can be added by the guest editor if necessary. Besides that, the selection of fraudulent peer reviewers should be highly avoided by following best practice policies.
Transparency and process
The online submission system should be utilized for communications, and the detection of plagiarism is also included in the BDUJST’s system.
- All research materials submitted to BDUJST and all communications with reviewers should be protected.
- Disclosure and conflicts of interest.
- The guest editor should follow BDUJST’s policy in terms of the disclosure of conflicts of interest between authors and reviewers.
The guest editor is able to submit their works to the special issue with the limited number (according to BDUJST policy). The decisions on papers submitted by the guest editor cannot be made by themselves but relevant guest editor/co-editor and their research group.