Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers
1) The manuscript must be related to your area of expertise. Only accept if you can provide a high-quality review.
2) If you have a potential conflict of interest, you must inform the editor when you respond.
3) Make sure you can allocate enough time since reviewing process can be a lot of work.
4) Before you commit, make sure you will be able to meet the deadline.
5) Invitations must be replied as soon as possible. Late invitation responses decelerate the review process.
6) If you decline the invitation, suggestions for alternative reviewers.
When You Agree to Review
1) The material you receive is confidential, which means that it is not to be shared with other parties without getting authorization from the editor.
2) Any information regarding your review also cannot be shared with anyone without informing the editor and the author(s) as peer review is confidential.
Before you start, Please
1) Read the article to get an overall idea
2) Take a break from it
3) Give yourself some time to think
4) Reread the article again in detail
5) Consider the article from your perspective
6) What the journal is looking for must be regarded when you start writing your review
7) Have a copy of reviewing criteria that you need to use