Peer review, also known as refereeing, is a synergistic process that allows manuscripts submitted to a journal to be assessed and commented upon by independent experts within the same field of research.

The evaluation and critique generated from peer review bring authors feedback to improve their work. Critically, it allows the editor to assess the paper’s suitability for publication in the journal.

There is a great deal of information available on scientific topics; however, the key issue at present is whether it can be trusted. The main question that often arises in this regard concerns the review process adopted to refine articles for publication. One of the most reliable and proven processes adopted by the majority of reputable international journals is peer review.

The peer review process may adopt one of the following forms:

  • Single-blind review the reviewer’s name is not disclosed to the author.
  • Double-blind review the identity of the reviewers and the authors are not disclosed to either party.
  • Open review no identities are concealed; author and reviewer names are disclosed.
  • Post-publication open review comments, normally mediated by the editor, can be posted by readers and reviewers after the article has been published.

Single- and double-blind review  are still the most commonly used methods of peer review.

Peer-review at NexusJournals Open Access:

Nexus Journals Open Access follows a double-blind review system for the review and evaluation of the quality, validity, and relevance of scholarly research. Our commitment is evidenced by this declaration of Peer Review Integrity, which is common to all of our journals.

The peer review process begins with the researcher writing a paper. If the paper is ready, the researcher chooses a suitable journal for their research and submits it to the editor. When the editor receives the article, they check the quality of the paper and for any instances of plagiarism. Based on the uniqueness of the article, the editor can either accept or reject it.

If the paper is accepted, it will be assigned to reviewers for review by the editor or editorial board members. The assigned reviewers will check the article to determine if it is suitable for their knowledge and area of research.

Reviewer will accept or reject the review. If accepted, reviewer will review the article and return it to the editor along with a recommendation to either reject, revise, or accept. The editor will return the article to the author along with the reviewer’s feedback, requesting that they revise the article. The author will revise the article and send it back to the editor. The editor will receive the revised article and make a final decision on whether to publish it or not. Accepted articles will be published in the journal.

NOTE: If the article is rejected at any step of the review process then it will send back to the author.

Submission and Review Process: