Articles submitted to Indian Journal of Science and Technology are subjected to double blind peer review process. We encourage all our reviewers to use the online peer review system to conduct the review. You will have to register with the journal in order to do this.
Peer review is a critical factor in establishing high quality scientific research in the journal. The Editorial Board of Indian Journal of Science and Technology seeks relentless and unreserved support from the reviewers.
1. Following is the criteria for peer-reviewers to consider during their evaluation
- The study presents the results of original research
- Results reported have not been published elsewhere
- The research meets all applicable standards of ethics and research integrity (duplication, manipulation of data, plagiarism etc)
- The paper should represent statistical accuracy and validity of the methods adopted in studying the problem (if required, reviewers can contact the editor to obtain the primary data from the authors)
- Presence of conceptual advancement over previously published work
- Article should not indicate any redundancy
- Potential significance of the work with respect to the present and future.
2. Writing the Review
The purpose of peer review is to provide editors with an expert opinion regarding the quality of the manuscript under consideration. The review should also supply authors with explicit feedback on how to improve their papers so that they are acceptable for publication in the Indian Journal of Science and Technology.
a. As a reviewer, remember to do the following while writing your review:
- Provide your opinion on the quality of the article ad indicate the areas of concern
- Summarize the strengths and weaknesses of the paper
- Suggest the author on how to improve the quality of the article
- Suggest any alternate hypothesis or understanding of the results obtained
- If the article is worthy of rejection, you should indicate the grounds on which the decision is taken. As reviewers, you are allowed to be very critical on the article presented, but at the same time you must avoid any personalized remarks which may be viewed as biased or with ulterior motive
b. Reviewer comments: The online peer review system has provision for reviewers to provide their comments to editor as well as blind comments to the author.
c. Word file attachments: Reviewers can also provide additional comments on a word or PDF file. Alternately, they can also provide their comments and suggestions on the manuscript file directly, although this is not advisable. Reviewers are suggested to provide their correction on the PDF file of the manuscript. For marking corrections on PDF, please download the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available for free download at http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/
d. Important Note: Since we follow the double-blind system of peer reviewing, the following measures are to be taken by reviewers before submitting their attachments:
- Reviewers should remove any information that reveals the originator’s identity.
- Authors and Reviewers should not send any attachments via e-mail. The attachments are to be made via the online peer review system accessed on the journal site.
e. Confidentiality: The review process is strictly confidential and should be treated as such by reviewers. Reviewers must not take any confidential information they have gained in the review process and use it before the paper is published. Even after publication, unless they have the permission of the authors to use other information, reviewers may only use publicly published data and not information from any earlier drafts.
These guidelines are adapted from the PLoS ONE website (http://www.plosone.org), published under the Creative Commons Attribution License