Peer review is a system based on trust. Each party—the reviewer, the author, and the publication—relies on the others to operate professionally, ethically, expediently, and confidentially.
Responsibilities of the Reviewer
- Provide a prompt, thorough, and impartial review of the article
- Give constructive feedback with reasonable suggestions and professional tone
- Avoid suggesting the addition of irrelevant or unnecessary references
- Alert publication to any suspected ethical issues
- Maintain confidentiality by safeguarding the unique contributions of the author’s work
Responsibilities of the Author
- Accurately report research findings
- Ensure article meets all publication requirements and adheres to ethical standards
- Revise article as per reviewers’ suggestions (or give a reason why not)
Responsibilities of the Publication
The publication’s responsibilities may be fulfilled by a journal Editor or a conference chair.
- Select, invite, and manage reviewers
- Ensure a fair and speedy peer review process
- Synthesize disparate peer review reports and arrive at a final decision
- Maintain confidentiality by preserving the reviewer’s anonymity and by safeguarding the unique contributions of the author’s work
- Uphold all policies of the publication, including ethical policies
Any questions from authors or reviewers about the peer review process should be directed to the publication.