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Manuscripts of potential interest and novel research to our readership are sent for formal review, generally to three reviewers, but sometimes more if special guidance is needed (for example on statistics or a particular technique).
By acting as a reviewer you can:
Before agreeing to review for a manuscript in Himalayan Journal of Health Sciences (HJHS), consider the following:
You’ve received your invite and said yes, here’s what to do next.
The main factors you should provide advice on as a reviewer are the originality, presentation, relevance, and significance of the manuscript’s subject matter to the readership of the journal.
Questions to have in mind when reading the manuscript (in no particular order):
Being critical whilst remaining sensitive to the author isn’t always easy and comments should be carefully constructed so that the author fully understands what actions they need to take to improve their paper. For example, generalized or vague statements should be avoided along with any negative comments which aren’t relevant or constructive.
Reviewers are asked to provide an assessment of the various aspects of a manuscript:
Once you’ve read the paper and have assessed its quality, you need to make a recommendation to the editor regarding publication. The specific decision types used by a journal will vary but the key decisions are:
Reviewers' criticisms are taken seriously; especially, editorial board is very reluctant to disregard technical criticisms. In cases where one reviewer alone opposes publication, consultation with the other reviewers as to whether s/he is applying an unduly critical standard is done. Occasionally suggestions from additional reviewers are taken to resolve a specific issue, for example a specialist technical point, on which we feel a need for further advice.
Please note that these are just examples of how you might provide feedback on an author’s work. Your review should, of course, always be tailored to the paper in question and the specific requirements of the journal and the editor.
■ Positive comments
■ When constructive criticism is required
■ When linguistic alterations are required
When authors make revisions to their article in response to reviewer comments, they are asked to submit a list of changes and any comments for transmission to the reviewers. The revised version is usually returned to the original reviewer if possible, who is then asked to affirm whether the revisions have been carried out satisfactorily.
Submission to first post-review decision: for manuscripts that are sent to external reviewers, the median time (in days) taken from when a complete submission is received to when an editorial decision post-review is sent to the authors is vary from 30 to 45 days.
Submission to Accept: the median time (in days) from the published submission date to the final editorial acceptance date is vary from 45 to 60 days.
HJHS authors can transfer their article submission from one journal to another if they are rejected, without the need to reformat, and without any requirement for further peer review. For this reason, reviewers are informed about the service and are asked for their consent for transferring their review report along with the manuscript to the receiver journal. Reviewers are given the option to reveal their identity to the editor of the receiver journal or stay anonymous. The benefits of manuscript review cascades are twofold:
HJHS does not mandate the use of reporting guidelines by authors; however, we encourage reviewers to use relevant reporting guidelines to help assess the submission. We particularly encourage the use of:
Guideline related to Journal Policies, Formatting, References etc.
Online ISSN 2582-0737