Reviewers: Conducting a Review
To be a reviewer for an OJS journal, you'll first need to register. You can follow these steps to create an account and get logged in. If registered some time ago, and have forgotten your password, follow these instructions to get it going again.
Submission to be Reviewed
In this section, you'll see a few details about the submission, including the title, abstract, editor, and metadata. Note that the identity is NOT available, as this is a double-blind peer review process.
In this section, you'll see all of the important dates associated with the submission. In particular, pay attention to the Review Due Date. If you can't realistically complete the review before this date, you should decline. Meeting the due date is critically important for the editor and the journal.
In this section, you'll see the 5 steps in performing the review:
1. Let the editor know if you can do the review or not. This is important, as it lets the editor know if she needs to ask someone else. Respond to this as soon as possible. If you are procrastinating here, you probably don't really have time to accept.
2. From here, download the manuscript. It should already be stripped of anything that could identify the author. Read the file in your word processor. If you've never written a review before, consult this module. Some reviewers like to use the Track Changes feature in Microsoft Word to record their comments and suggested revisions. Feel free to do so.
3. In this step, you might have one large text box, or a series of questions to answer, depending on the journal. Answer the questions and/or fill in the box with your comments. Keep in mind that the comments may be shared with the author. You should always be polite and constructive in your critique.
4. Here, you can upload the revised manuscript, if you marked it up that way. This is not required, however, and the comments in step 3 above can be sufficient.
5. Lastly, you must make a recommendation based on your evaluation of the manuscript. You may encounter the following options:
Once you've made your recommendation, your role in the process is completed.