- 1.Does it truly match your area of expertise?
- 2.Are you able to manage the deadlines given?
- 3.Double-blind peer review
- 4.Duties of Reviewers
- 5.Preparing a report
- 6.Join us: as a Reviewer member
All manuscripts submitted to Management & Economics Research Journal are reviewed by at least two external reviewers who are qualified experts in the subject field. Authors and reviewers remain anonymous during this process. Reviewers' recommendations are taken into consideration by the editors in determining publication and revisions.
If the manuscript is considered suitable to be sent to peer review, it will be reviewed by members of the journal's international Editorial Board and/or other specialists of equal repute. These individuals are recruited by the editorial team based on their expertise and standing in their field. Reviewers are required to disclose potential conflicts of interests that may affect their ability to provide an unbiased review of a manuscript. Depending on the journal.
Papers submitted in poor conformity with the editorial requirements may be returned without review.
1.Does it truly match your area of expertise?
The Editor who has approached you may not be familiar with the details of your work, but rather may only be aware of your work in a broader context. Only accept an invitation if you are competent to review the manuscript.
To help the Editor match you with the right paper, please keep your CV up to date with relevant keywords and institutional details.
2.Are you able to manage the deadlines given?
Deadlines for reviews vary per journal. You will be informed of the deadline when you are invited to review. Please let the Editor know that you received their request within a couple of days. Timeliness is an essential part of the review process and not replying to an invitation can significantly increase a paper's time in review. There are no repercussions for declining an invitation to review.
If you feel the review will take you longer to complete than normal, please contact the Editor to discuss the matter. The Editor may ask you to recommend an alternate reviewer, or may be willing to wait a little longer (e.g., if the paper is highly specialized and reviewers are difficult to find). As a general guideline, if you know you will not be able to complete a review within the time frame requested, you should decline to review the paper.
3.Double-blind peer review
The reviewers do not know the names of the authors, and the authors do not know who reviewed their manuscript. the respective identities of the author and reviewer remain hidden. To help preserve the integrity of this process please do not reveal your name within the text of your review.
4.Duties of Reviewers
Reviewers are responsible for acting promptly, adhering to the instructions for completing a review and submitting it in a timely manner. Failure to do so undermines the review process. Every effort should be made to complete the review within the time requested. Please see Duties of Reviewers for more details.
5.Preparing a report
Follow journals’ instructions for writing and posting the review. If a particular format or scoring rubric is required, use the tools supplied by the journal. Be objective and constructive in your review, providing feedback that will help the authors to improve their manuscript. For example, be specific in your critique, and provide supporting evidence with appropriate references to substantiate general statements, to help editors in their evaluation. Be professional and refrain from being hostile or inflammatory and from making libellous or derogatory personal comments or unfounded accusations.
5.2. Appropriate feedback
Bear in mind that the editor requires a fair, honest, and unbiased assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the manuscript. We allow reviewers to provide confidential comments to the editor as well as comments to be read by the authors. The journal may also ask for a recommendation to accept/revise/reject; any recommendation should be congruent with the comments provided in the review. If you have not reviewed the whole manuscript, do indicate which aspects of the manuscript you have assessed. Ensure your comments and recommendations for the editor are consistent with your report for the authors; most feedback should be put in the report that the authors will see. Confidential comments to the editor should not be a place for denigration or false accusation, done in the knowledge that the authors will not see your comments.
5.3. Language and style
Remember it is the authors’ paper, so do not attempt to rewrite it to your own preferred style if it is basically sound and clear; suggestions for changes that improve clarity are, however, important. In addition, be aware of the sensitivities surrounding language issues that are due to the authors writing in a language that is not their first or most proficient language, and phrase the feedback appropriately and with due respect.
5.4. Suggestions for further work
It is the job of the peer reviewer to comment on the quality and rigour of the work they receive. If the work is not clear because of missing analyses, the reviewer should comment and explain what additional analyses would clarify the work submitted. It is not the job of the reviewer to extend the work beyond its current scope. Be clear which (if any) suggested additional investigations are essential to support claims made in the manuscript under consideration and which will just strengthen or extend the work.
Prepare the report by yourself, unless you have permission from the journal to involve another person. Refrain from making unfair negative comments or including unjustified criticisms of any competitors’ work that is mentioned in the manuscript. Refrain from suggesting that authors include citations to your (or an associate’s) work merely to increase citation counts or to enhance the visibility of your or your associate’s work; suggestions must be based on valid academic or technological reasons. Do not intentionally prolong the review process, either by delaying the submission of your review or by requesting unnecessary additional information from the journal or author.