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1. Reviewers must ensure that the confidentiality of the peer review process and the propriety rights of those who have submitted the manuscripts are intact.
2. Reviewers must decline a request to review manuscripts if they are aware of a conflict of interest or they should disclose the nature of the conflict of interest to the editor.
3. Reviewers may decline the request to review the work of others if they believe the process may be biased or if they have questions about the authenticity or integrity of the reported research.
We recognise the value and importance of the peer reviewer in the overall publication process – not only in shaping the individual manuscript, but also in shaping the credibility and reputation of the Journal.
Your Review Report
Peer reviewers are asked to make every reasonable effort to ensure that the following criteria are taken into account when evaluating a manuscript:
consider each manuscript unbiasedly, judging each manuscript on its merits without regard to the race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority or institutional affiliation of the author;
keep to the timeframes set out by the publisher;
judge the quality of the manuscript, its experimental and theoretical work, its interpretations and its exposition objectively;
declare potential conflict of interest to the Editor-in-Chief before undertaking any peer review;
explain and support your judgements;
ensure that any statement that an observation, derivation or argument has been previously reported is accompanied by the relevant citation;
respect the confidentiality of the review process and the proprietary rights of those who have submitted manuscripts;
decline the request to review the work of others if you (1) believe the process may be biased, or (2) have questions about the authenticity or integrity of the reported research have a conflict of interest.
While the content of a manuscript may justify criticism, even severe criticism, under no circumstances is personal or malicious criticism of the author appropriate or acceptable. You may be asked to reappraise a manuscript that was referred back to the authors after a first-round review. In cases where reviewers provide substantively different ratings, a manuscript will be sent to an arbitrator for a final verdict.