I. Review Process
II. Selection of reviewers
III. Reviewers Instructions
1. Review Process:
Reviewers play a major role in judging the quality of submitted manuscripts, articles or journals along with the Editorial Board Members through Peer-Review process. EB members help in handling the submitted manuscripts based on their expertise. They can accomplish the peer review process based on their own knowledge and experience or they can assign this task to the reviewers. The assigned reviewers are supposed to submit their comments to Editorial office by inclining to one of the below decision, the final decision maker is the assigned EB member. The identity of the reviewers is confidential to the authors at any time either during the process of review or after its publication. The papers should not be assigned to other people without Editors permission.
Reviewers comments should support one of the below mentioned acts.
• Accept it unconditionally
• Accept it with Minor revision
• Major revision
• To reject it outright (explain reason in report)
2. Selection of Reviewers:
Selection of reviewers for a particular manuscript is the responsibility of Jacobs’s publishers. It is based on many factors like expertise, proficiency and excellence in their particular field and their knowledge of past performance.
As part of our editorial procedure, we grant potential reviewers before sending them manuscripts to review. These Reviewers should keep in mind that even these initial messages or conversations contain confidential information, should be regarded as such.
3. Reviewer instructions:
Anonymity: Though reviewers are anonymous throughout the process, the review should be transparent, unbiased and should not involve personal or professional conflicts in the decision making.
Confidentiality: The articles received for review should be treated as confidential documents and should not be disclosed with anyone except with the assigned Editorial board and his reviewers. Reviewers are requested not to use any information of the assigned data even after publication unless they have the written statements of the authors.
Timely Review: The review process that results in timely publication provides a valuable service both to authors and to the scientific world.
Timeline: 10 days for Research/Review/Case Reports
07 days for Short Reports
Acceptance/ Rejection: The final decision of whether to accept or reject an article depends on the editor. Reviewers should mention a proper, sensible and fair reason to reject an article with recommendations.
Jacobs’s publishers allow reviewers to be notified about the outcome of the paper.
Feedback: The feedback to the reviewers along with the reviewer’s comments of that article will be sent to the reviewer to identify and transform themselves. Editorial Board who offers an opinion not accordance with the reviewer of that article should not feel that their recommendation is not considered and appreciated as it is the job of the EB members to make a decision.