Peer Reviewing Process
- After the initial examination of the manuscript and the recommendation to accept the manuscript, the editorial team will select two potential peer reviewers within the field of research to peer-review the manuscript and make recommendations.
- The manuscript will be referred to the reviewers, with the author’s and reviewers’ information concealed from each other.
- The rules for the non-sharing of information related to the manuscript or those who edited or reviewed the manuscript are applied in the peer-reviewing of the manuscript as long as he/she looks at the author’s information.
- The peer-review report will be preserved along with the manuscript in the journal's records.
Reviewer Roles and Responsibilities
- The reviewer should respond to the initial acceptance of the review within one week of receiving the review request from the journal.
- When agreeing to peer review, the reviewer is committed to completing the manuscript within a maximum period of three weeks from the date of the acceptance of review.
- The reviewer is obligated to write notes according to the approved paper review form with writing detailed notes, and is not to only with the overall examination, and he/she should address the manuscript rather than the author.
- The reviewer must write a recommendation about the manuscript; it could be either for acceptance of the manuscript for publication, or acceptance on the condition of modification, or rejection, which is the recommendation to apologize for publishing the manuscript.
- The reviewer is committed to scientific integrity in reviewing manuscripts without any prejudice.
- The reviewer is obligated to apologize for accepting to review a manuscript that is outside the scope of his/her specialization.
- The reviewer should hold in confidence the manuscripts they are sent.
- The reviewer should not use the manuscript under review in any way to achieve a personal benefit and to disclose any conflict of interest before the start of the arbitration.
In the case that the reviewer finds plagiarized text in the manuscript under review, he/she is obligated to identify the plagiarized text and attach evidence of that.
Guide to Reviewing a Manuscript
- The title of the research reflects the nature of the topic and the variables of the research.
- The research introduction is clear and paves the way for the independent and dependent research variables and frames the research problem.
- The research problem highlights the basic justifications for studying the subject and the need to study it, explaining the research gap.
- The research questions are clear and specific and highlight the dimensions of the research.
- The research hypotheses are clear, specific, and testable, and reflect the research objectives.
- The importance of research highlights results that can be used at the practical level and clarifies the categories of beneficiaries of the research.
- The research objectives highlight the research variables and are formulated in a direct manner.
- The research methodology is appropriate for the nature of the research topic and has been applied in accordance with standard procedures.
- The boundaries of the research are clear and define the aspects that frame the aspects of the research topic.
- The research determinants highlight the most important intermediate variables that may affect the results of the research and the obstacles that impede the generalization of the results.
- The search terms specify concepts and procedural definitions for all independent and dependent variables.
- Previous studies are combined with the theoretical and reference framework and are cited according to the last (10) years.
- The research is based on a framework given in previous literature and theories that establish the research variables.
- The research sample is appropriate and reflects the original community and includes the appropriate number.
- The statistical treatments are sound and appropriate to the nature of the variables and the subject.
- The research procedures are clear and specify all aspects that the researcher must follow in order to obtain results.
- The results are reliable, and their organization is related to the research questions.
- The discussion and interpretations of the results are supported by evidence and support from previous studies and theories.
- The research recommendations are consistent with the research outputs and what has been achieved and are applicable.
- The documentation in the text and the reference list are set according to the policy and conditions of the approved journal, which is the APA style.
- The proposed research is based on the independent and dependent variables that have been studied and the future need to expand on studies related to the structure of the variables used in the research.
After receiving the completed reviews, a notice of receipt is sent to the reviewer, and the management of the journal transfers the reviewing award to the reviewer and notifies him/her of the transfer and communicates with him/her to confirm receipt; a copy of the transfer deed is placed in the reviewer’s records with the journal.