Introduction to peer-review
What is peer-reviewed?
Peer-review is a system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before publication. Independent researchers in the relevant research field assessing relevant manuscripts assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity, and significance to help editors determine whether or not a manuscript should be published in their journal.
How does it work?
When a manuscript is submitted to the journal, it is assessed by the editorial team whether the manuscript is feasible and meets the criteria for further processing. If so, the editorial team will select potential peer reviewers in the research field to review the manuscript and make recommendations.
The type of peer-review used by IF:
Double-blind: the reviewer doesn't know the names of the authors and the authors don't know who reviewed their manuscript.
Why is it peer-reviewed?
Peer-review is an integral part of scientific publications confirming the validity of the manuscript. Reviewers are experts who volunteer their break time to help improve the manuscripts they review. By being peer-reviewed, the manuscript must be:
Stronger peer reviewers may point to gaps in the paper that require more explanation or additional experimentation.
Easier to read, if parts of the author's paper are difficult to understand, the reviewer can suggest changes.
More useful, peer-reviewers also consider the importance of the author's paper for others in their respective fields.
Peer-reviewer work scheme: