Writing and Submitting a Review

Reviewers are asked to use the online form that can be accessed from the main website here. Reviewers must write their reviews in Microsoft Word and copy and paste the reviews into the online form. Please ensure that all characters are copied over accurately into the online form.

Reviewers must fill out the following sections when submitting an online review:

1. Full name (first and last name) and e-mail address in order to contact you to inform you of the final decision, if more information is required, or to re-review a specific manuscript

2. The manuscript number

a. This will be sent along with the relevant manuscript

b. Please remember to fill this in as it enables us to match a review with a given manuscript more easily.

3. Full name (first and last name) of the first author of the manuscript.

a. This is a precaution should the manuscript number be entered incorrectly.

4. Comments for the Author(s) Please note that this will be sent to the Author directly, but the identity of the Reviewer will be kept confidential:

a. Include a brief summary of the manuscript, including a statement about the importance of the manuscript to the scientific community as well as the overall strength and weaknesses of the manuscript.

b. List all the changes/suggestions that you have for the Author in a numbered list. Be sure to explicitly state where in the article a specific change/suggestion is referring to in order to better guide the Author where to look in his/her manuscript. This can be done by referencing a specific page number, section or paragraph, and/or by including a quote from the text.

c. Ensure that all suggestions are explained fully to help the Author better understand what is expected of him or her. Please do not include vague statements.

d. Do not include grammatical or syntax corrections, as all of these will be corrected by our Editorial Coordinator.

e. Please do not include comments of a personal nature.

f. Please do not include your recommendation for publication in this section of the review form as the Editorial Board may decide differently.

5. Comments to the Editor:

a. Use this section to state whether you have any competing interests; if you do not have any, please state: No competing interests.

b. Use this section to let the Editor know if you have any concerns regarding the submitted manuscript or your ability to review the manuscript.

6. Recommendation:

a. Select one of the following options:

i. Minor revision

ii. Major revision

iii. Reject

iv. Reject, but encourage re-submission