Reviewer Guidelines

Reviewers being the potential part of a journal should adopt an optimistic, impartial, but significant attitude towards the manuscript review process with the aim of supporting valuable, precise, and relevant scientific information.

Reviewers for VIPOA are selected by the Editors of the relevant Journal on the basis of their knowledge in the subject area. Reviewer names are unspecified, so authors will not be informed concerning the identity of reviewers. Reviewers should note that the manuscript is confidential and never be used for their own purpose.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Reviewers serve as mentors to authors by giving their valuable reviews, both complimentary and critical comments until an article is suitable for publishing.
  • Reviewers aim is to help authors in identifying the strengths and weaknesses of their manuscripts and also state the objectives, contributions, and limitations of the manuscript.
  • The review should be written in English and free from any grammatical errors.
  • Expertise in the subject area - A reviewer should be a doctorate holder or equivalent and should have expertise in the respective field to provide impartial review comments.
  • When a manuscript is accepted, check for the plagiarism and provide the review comments, and if declined, provide reasons for rejection.
  • When you accept to review a manuscript, aim to complete it within the time period of 15 days to avoid publication delay and if you are unable to complete the review, please contact the editors, so that the editors can re-assign the manuscript to alternative reviewers and inform about the delay to the author.
  • If possible, the reviewer can suggest a colleague who may be able to review the manuscript.
  • Reviewers should maintain the originality and confidentiality of the manuscript and should inform the EIC if there is any issue related to ethical aspects. Discussion of the paper with its author during or after review process is prohibited.
  • The reviewer should authenticate that the information provided in the manuscript is current, accurate, and consistent and also check the research and evidence information that supports the author's claims or not.
  • Manuscripts submitted to journals are privileged communications that are authors' private, confidential property, and authors may be harmed by premature disclosure of any or all of a manuscript's details.
  • Reviewers should declare all potential conflicting interests, seeking advice from the journal if they are unsure whether something constitutes a relevant interest.
  • The comments to the author should be supportive, precise and constructive and the review should not be influenced by the origins of a manuscript, by the nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender or other characteristics of the authors.
The above mention points are important to maintain the quality of the journal in its own way.
*All Reviewers are expected to review a minimum of 4 to maximum of 10 manuscripts per annum.