Duties and Responsibilities of Reviewers

Promptness
The referee should inform the editor in case the research content of the manuscript is not within the ambit of his/her specialisation. The editor also needs to be informed if prompt review is not possible and may excuse him/her from the review process.

Confidentiality

The reviewer is expected to observe confidentiality with respect to any manuscript and is expected not to divulge its detail with a third party, until permitted by the editor.

Standards of objectivity

Reviews should be conducted in an unbiased and transparent manner keeping in consideration the objective of the journal.

Acknowledgement of sources

Reviewers should exercise reasonable care to identify relevant published work quoted in the paper but not cited by the author/s. A reviewer should notify the editor any significant similarity or overlap between the manuscripts under review with any other published paper within their personal knowledge.

Disclosure and conflict of interest

A reviewer is expected to exercise a high standard of integrity with respect to unpublished manuscript(s) and must not usurp for own research without the written consent of the author. Confidential information or ideas obtained through the review process is expected not to be utilised for personal advantage. Reviewers should abstain from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest.

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