Peer Review Policy
All papers submitted to Edorium Journals undergo stringent, double-blind, external peer review. In the double-blind peer review process neither the reviewers nor the authors know the identity of each other. This enables an unbiased and accurate review of the manuscript. In all cases, reviewers will be asked to declare any conflict of interest based on the contents of the manuscript.
After a manuscript is submitted, it is reviewed by a member of the Editorial Board. If the manuscript passes the editorial review, it is sent to external reviewers for double-blind peer review.
The reviewers are selected on the basis of their area of expertise and interests, their reputation and our past experience with the reviewers. The reviewers will be sent an invitation to review the manuscript. If the reviewer accepts the offer to review the manuscript, they will be sent the complete manuscript and a Manuscript Review Form.
In all cases, reviewers will be asked to declare any conflict of interest based on the contents of the manuscript. If a conflict of interest exists, the reviewers are requested to decline to review the manuscript.
We strive to provide authors with a fast review process with 'submission to first decision' time being less than six weeks. We request the reviewers to help us in reducing the decision time as much as possible by providing their reviews on time. Please realize that it is very frustrating for authors to wait for months or years to receive reviewer's comments for their manuscript. We request the reviewers to respond promptly to messages from Editorial Office and inform us if they are unavailable for any length of time.
When a manuscript is sent to you for evaluation it will be accompanied by a Manuscript Review Form. You are requested to use the form for reviewing the manuscript. Using a form will save your time to review the manuscript and ensure a more structured and accurate review. The Manuscript Review Form has two sections - 'Comments for authors' and 'Confidential comments for Editors'. Anything written in the "Comments for authors" will be sent to the authors. You can use the section "Confidential comments for Editors" to send any confidential comments to the Editors, which will not be sent to the authors.
You can submit the completed Manuscript Review Form using 'Submit Review' page on the journal website, under 'For Reviewers' tab. You can also send the completed Manuscript Review Form as email attachment in a reply to the email received from the editorial office.
Please provide an objective critical assessment of the manuscript about the concept of the study, relevance in relation to current scientific knowledge, scientific content, language and grammar. You will be asked to make a recommendation for publishing the manuscript. Please provide reasons for your recommendations.
If you believe that the manuscript needs changes for improvement before it is accepted for publication, please make the suggestions on how to improve it. If the comments are negative please help the authors in improving their manuscript by explaining weaknesses in scientific content or language. We do not tolerate any offensive language in the comments. We may edit the reviewer's comments for any errors in facts or language or to remove confidential information.
Based on the reviewer's comments the assigned editor will take a decision about the acceptance or rejection of the manuscript. The Editor may decide to: 1) accept the manuscript without revisions, 2) invite authors to resubmit the manuscript after minor or major revisions while the final decision is kept pending, or 3) reject the manuscript.
When the manuscript peer review and editorial process is complete, reviewer's and editor's comments are sent back to the author with the editorial decision. If the authors are asked to resubmit the manuscript with changes and response to comments, we may send the revised manuscript and author's responses to the reviewer for re-peer review.
The review process is a confidential communication between the Reviewers, Editors, Editorial Staff and the Corresponding author. Reviewers are requested not to discuss any manuscript received for review from Edorium Journals, with anyone not directly involved in the review process.
We realize that reviewing the manuscripts poses an extra burden on the reviewer's precious time. As an appreciation of their valuable services and taking out time to review the manuscripts, we will be offering all reviewers a 20% waiver on the Article Publication Charges, if they submit their manuscripts to Edorium Journals. All reviewers will also be acknowledged in the annual statement published in Edorium Journals.
We realize that reviewing the manuscripts poses an extra burden on the reviewer's precious time. As an appreciation for their valuable services and taking out time to review the manuscripts, for every peer review completed within the stipulated time, we will be offer the reviewers a 20% discount on the Article Publication Charges, for one manuscript they submit for publication. As a further token of encouragements to the reviewers, we will acknowledge the reviewer's contribution in the annual statement published in Edorium Journals.
Editorial and Peer Review in Special Cases
Edorium Journals follows a policy of double-blind, external peer review. In the double-blind peer review process neither the reviewers nor the authors know the identity of each other. In all cases, reviewers will be asked to declare any conflict of interest based on the contents of the manuscript.
If a manuscript is submitted for publication by the Editor-in-Chief (author of the manuscript), the Editor-in-Chief will assign the manuscript to an editor (Dr. ABC) who will, without informing the Editor-in-Chief will transfer the manuscript to another editor (Dr. XYZ). The second editor (Dr. XYZ) will make all decisions about the manuscript and communicate the decision to the Editor-in-Chief (author of the manuscript) through the first editor (Dr. ABC). The first editor will keep the identity of the second editor anonymous from the Editor-in-Chief.
If a manuscript is submitted for publication by a mamber of the Editorial Board, the name of the handling editor will not be disclosed to either the editor (author of the manuscript) or the co-authors. Only the Editor-in-Chief and the Journal editorial staff will be privy to this information.
If a manuscript is submitted for publication by a current or past reviwer for the journal, the name of the handling editor will not be disclosed to either the reviewer (author of the manuscript) or the co-authors. Only the Editor-in-Chief and the Journal editorial staff will be privy to this information.
If a manuscript is submitted by an author who is at the same institution as one of the editors, the manuscript will be handled by another editor who is not at that institution.
If a manuscript is submitted by an author who is a family member of the editor or personally or professionally related to the editor (e.g. friend, colleague or student) the manuscript will be handled by another editor.