Before you accept or decline an invitation to review, consider the following questions:
Q1) Does the article match your area of expertise? Only accept if you feel you can provide a high-quality review.
Q2) Do you have a potential conflict of interest? Disclose this to the editor when you respond.
Q3) Do you have time? Reviewing can be a lot of work – before you commit, ensure you can meet the deadline.
How to peer review for IJVS
The reviewer report should comprehensively critique the submission and contain more than a few brief sentences. IJVS does not require a specific report structure; a suggested format is Summary Major issues Minor issues. We encourage reviewers to help authors improve their manuscripts. The report should give constructive analysis to authors, particularly where revisions are recommended. Where reviewers do not wish authors to see certain comments, these can be added to the confidential comments by the editor-in-chief.
While expectations vary by discipline, some core aspects that should be critiqued by reviewers may include the following:
- Are the research questions valid? Is the sample size sufficient?
- Is ethical approval and/or consent necessary, and was the research ethical?
- Are the methods and study design appropriate for answering the research question?
- Do the experiments have appropriate controls?
- Is the reporting of the methods, including any equipment and materials, sufficiently detailed that the research might be reproduced? Are any statistical tests used appropriately and correctly reported?
- Are the figures and tables clear and accurately represent the results?
- Has previous research by the authors and others been discussed, and have those results been compared to current ones?
- Are there any inappropriate citations, for example, not supporting the claim or too many citations to the authors'' own articles?
- Do the results support the conclusions?
- Are the limitations of the research acknowledged?
- Is the abstract an accurate summary of the research and results without spin?
- Is the language clear and understandable?
To help authors receive timely reviews, reviewer reports should be submitted via the manuscript tracking system on or before the agreed deadline. Reviewers should contact IJVS if they cannot meet the deadline to arrange an alternative date. We encourage reviewers to focus their reports on objectively critiquing the submission's scientific aspects, including the methodology's soundness and whether the results can support the conclusions. Comments may also be given on novelty and the potential impact of the work. At the end of their review, we ask reviewers to recommend one of the following actions:
2- Minor Revision
3- Major Revision
5- Unable to Review
Peer review should be strictly confidential. Reviewers must not share manuscripts or discuss their content with anyone outside the peer review process. Reviewers may, on request, consult with colleagues from their research group, trusting that the confidentiality of the manuscript is maintained. Reviewers should first contact IJVS or the Editor in Chief and note the name of the colleague(s) in the ‘Comments to the editor’ section of their report.
Conflicts of interest
Reviewers should decline to review a submission when they:
1-Have a financial interest in the subject of the work.
2-Have previously discussed the manuscript with the authors.
3-Feel unable to be objective.
Applications to Review
We appreciate applications to join our community of peer reviewers. Our Editorial Board selects reviewers on a manuscript-by-manuscript basis. In each case, they invite the most appropriate scientists from their specialty and/or publication list. Interested reviewers should register for a user account to ensure we have your up-to-date contact details.