Double Blind Peer Review Policy of IJEMS
Peer Review Policy Statement The practice of peer review
is to ensure that good science is published. It is an
objective process at the heart of good scholarly
publishing and is standard practice at all reputable
scientific journals. Our referees therefore play a vital
role in maintaining the high standards of IJOBSMS
and all manuscripts, including those that
appear in Special Issues, are peer reviewed following
the procedure outlined below.
Initial manuscript evaluation The Editor
first evaluates all manuscripts. Those rejected at this
stage are insufficiently original, have serious
scientific flaws, have poor grammar or English language,
or are outside the aims and scope of the journal. Those
that meet the minimum criteria are passed on to at least
2 experts for review; these may include members of the
Editorial Board. Authors of manuscripts rejected at this
stage are usually informed within 2-3 months of receipt.
Type of peer review This journal employs
single blind reviewing, where the referees remain
anonymous to authors throughout the process. Authors,
however, are not anonymous to reviewers.
How referees are selected Referees are
matched to papers according to their expertise and
recent reviewing history. Our database is constantly
being updated. We welcome suggestions for referees from
the author(s) though these recommendations may or may
not be used.
Referee reports Referees are asked to
evaluate whether the manuscript:
• is original• is methodologically sound• follows
appropriate ethical guidelines• has results which are
clearly presented and support the conclusions• correctly
references previous relevant work
Referees are not expected to correct or copy edit
manuscripts. Language correction is not part of the peer
How long does the review process take? Typically
manuscripts are reviewed within 2-3 months of submission
but substantially longer review times are not uncommon,
especially for papers on esoteric topics where finding
qualified referees can itself take months. Should the
referees' reports contradict one another or a report is
unduly delayed, a further expert opinion is often
sought. Revised manuscripts are usually returned to the
initial referees upon receipt. Referees may and
frequently do request more than one revision of a
Final report A final decision to accept
or reject the manuscript is sent to the author along
with any recommendations made by the referees, and
usually included verbatim comments by the referees.
Editor's decision is final Referees
advise the Editor, who is responsible for the final
decision to accept or reject the article.
Becoming a referee If you are not
currently a referee for IJOBSMS
but would like to be added to the list,
please contact the editorial office. The benefits of
refereeing include the opportunity to see and evaluate
the latest work in your research area at an early stage.
You may also be able to cite your work for the journal
as part of your professional service contributions.