Reviewer Ethics

Ethical guidelines for Peer Reviewers

§  The reviewer should avoid personal comments or criticism for an article submitted.

§  A reviewer should maintain the confidentiality of the review process by not disclosing information of the reviewed paper without permission from the editorial office.

§  A reviewer should determine originality, credit, and scope of the work and need to suggest a number of ways to improve it so that it highlights the quality of the article.

§  A reviewer should give his/her comments in an unbiased manner following the ethical rules.

§  A peer reviewer should protect readers from incorrect or flawed research or studies that cannot be validated and/ reproduced by others.

§  A reviewer should not use/disclose any unpublished work/ arguments/ interpretations of a submitted manuscript for his/her own work, but with consent from the author.

§  Reviewers should openly declare any potential conflict of interests and take assistance from the Editor regarding any uncertain conflicts.

§  Reviewers should notify the Editor if they before have already reviewed the manuscript in other journal and seek guidance whether to carry further or not.

§  Reviewers should immediately notify the Editor if they found any partial or whole information in the manuscript is plagiarised or infringed.

§  Reviewers should not attempt to contact the authors before the article is published without the permission of the Editor.