Peer Review Policy

Double Blind Peer Review

All journals of Bastas Publications (https://www.bastas.co.uk/journals) maintain a double-blind peer review policy, in which both the reviewer and the author are anonymous. To facilitate this, authors have anonymized their manuscripts to ensure that their identity is not been given away. Authors’ own works need to be blinded in the references and in-text citations.

Manuscript that pass the initial screening of the editorial office will be assigned to section editors and reviewers to evaluate the originality and quality of the manuscript. Peer review is an important process of evaluation, designed to keep the quality of scholarly work high. The process aims to give constructive feedback to the authors, so that their work can become of the highest academic standard possible. Peer reviews are also helping editors to decide the paper’s suitability for publication in the journal. We recommend all our reviewers to follow reviewer guidelines.

It is very important to comply with ethical values by editors, peers and authors in order to carry out a healthy peer assessment process. To this end, if a reviewer holds a conflict of interest that may prejudice the review report, the reviewer should contact the editorial office or reject the review invitation. Conflict of interests occur when professional judgement is influenced by another interest, for example a financial relationship, an intellectual belief or a personal relationship or rivalry. To keep the standards of credibility high, we ask reviewers to be aware of a potential conflict of interest and to inform us about it. Additionally, reviewers should never share the content of the manuscript, including the abstract, with someone else. Double blind peer review is a confidential process in which both the author and reviewer should be careful to keep the content confidential. Reviewers must inform the editorial office if they prefer a student or colleague to write the review on their behalf. Finally, we ask reviewers to provide review reports in a timely manner, to provide a high quality publishing service that benefits the scientific community. Please contact the editorial office if you need a deadline extension of your review.

It is expected that the first round of double-blind peer-review process will be completed within 3-6 months after submission. However, if further revisions are requested, authors should expect longer processing times.

 

Updated on 19 November 2021