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ISSN (P): 2664-2247
ISSN (E): 2520-0003
IJITL is an online, print open access, free of cost and double-blind peer reviewed which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process.
Ethical Guidelines For the Reviewers
Review of the manuscript by reviewers is not only an essential component of formal scholarly engagement but is also a fundamental step in the publication process as it aids the Editor in editorial decision making. It also allows the author(s) to improve their manuscript through editorial communications. Scholars accepting to review a research paper have an ethical responsibility to complete this assignment professionally. The quality, credibility, and reputation of a journal also depend on the peer-review process. The peer-review process depends on the trust and demands that a reviewer is supposed to fulfill ethically. These professionals are the momentum arm of the review process, but they may be performing this job without any formal training. As a consequence, they may be (especially young professionals) unaware of their ethical obligations. The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan wants to list down 'Ethical Guidelines for Reviewers' so that all reviewers provide their valuable services in a standardized manner.
Suitability and Promptness
The Reviewers should:
Standards of Objectivity
Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
For evaluating originality, the reviewers should consider the following elements:
If the layout and format of the paper are not according to the prescribed version, the reviewers should discuss it with the Editor or should include this observation in their review report. On the other hand, if the research paper is exceptionally well written, the reviewer may overlook the formatting issues. At other times, the reviewers may suggest restructuring the paper before publication. The following elements should be carefully evaluated: