Peer Review Process
Peer review establishes the method of evaluating and validating a manuscript. It is a vital process in academic publishing by the virtue of which a manuscript is checked, revised and edited for publication, keeping in mind the guidelines and rules of COPE.
Different journals follow different peer review process; it depends upon the journal management style and the research work that they publish. There are four types of Peer-review processes.
- Single-blind peer review – In this process, the identity of the reviewer is not revealed to the author, but the identity of the author is revealed to the reviewer.
- Double-blinded peer review – This type of peer review process does not reveal the identity of both the author and the reviewer.
- Open peer review – This process reveals the identity of the author and the reviewer to each other.
- Post-publication peer review – This is a new method. It is adopted by few open access publications. This method is adopted to overcome the problems of the other methods of peer review. In this process, the reviewer evaluates a published manuscript on the open access platform. Here the author gets to know who is conducting the peer review process and the identity of the author is also known to the reviewer.
SeriesScience follows single-blind peer review process for all its journals. Within 45 days of submission, the article is published and circulated.
We publish only high-quality articles in the respective journals. Therefore, verifying the manuscript before releasing it in front of the readers is important. This is the main reason why ‘Peer review process’ plays such a significant role. It is done to maintain great quality and to publish the best.
An insight into how we conduct the peer-review process:
- Our peer review process begins with an author submitting a well-written manuscript.
- Once we get the manuscript, it straightaway goes to the Editorial Managing Team. This round is all about strict quality checking. The Editorial Team checks the basic quality of the manuscript like plagiarism or duplicity or any legal hazards thoroughly.
- In case the manuscript does not match the quality or it has any other issues like copying, biases, or legal hazards it will end up in the rejection list. The author will be informed of the same.
- If the Editorial Managing Team approves the manuscript, it will go to the next round for further analysis. In this round, an individual editor will be assigned from the editorial board of the respective journal. The editor responsible for the manuscript is known as the handling editor. The handling editor is responsible for the supervision of complete peer-review process.
- Once the handling editor accepts to take up the responsibility, the manuscript will be processed for the next round. The handling editor will assign reviewers. The assigned reviewers will review the entire manuscript and will submit their review comments. The reviewer after rigorous analysis of the manuscript:
- Can reject the manuscript and submit the comments to the editor, stating an appropriate reason for rejection.
- Can suggest changes in the manuscript and submit the comments to the editor, asking for a revision from the author’s end.
- Can accept the manuscript and submit the comment to the editor.
- The reviewed manuscript comes back to the editor to scrutinize the same. After the comments of the reviewers, the editor holds the authority to decide what to do with the manuscript. If
- The editor decides to reject the article, it will be sent back to the author with valid comments.
- The editor thinks the manuscript can be polished off with a little revise; it will be informed to the author with required changes suggested by the editor. The author will be given 14 days to revise and submit the manuscript for further processing.
- The editor accepts the manuscript it will be sent for final editing round and the author will be informed about its acceptance.
- Once the manuscript receives acceptance from the handling editor, the editorial managing team will proofread the manuscript for the last time and it will be published in the respective journal.
We have explained the entire peer review process with the help of flowchart and video presentation as well. However, if you still have any queries regarding our peer review process, please do not hesitate to contact us, we will answer back within one working day.