Reviewer Guidelines

As Bastas Publications, we recommend the reviewers for our journals (https://www.bastas.co.uk/journals)  to follow the step-by-step guidelines oulined below:

  1. Investigate the article’s content and the journal to which it is submitted:
    • Does the article meet the submission criteria (length, scope and presentation) of the journal?
  2. Make an assessment of the article:
    • Is the methodology of the article accurate?
      • Is the research question clearly formulated?
      • Are the research components well-defined?
      • Are hypotheses identified as such?
      • Are all conclusions justified and supported by the results?
    • What is the quality of the presentation?
      • Is the data presented in an appropriate manner?
      • Is the English level sufficient?
    • Does the article have the highest level of scientific soundness?
      • Is the research performed with the highest technical standards?
      • Are the data robust enough to draw conclusions?
      • Are the references to other scholarly works sufficient and complete?
      • Is the article free of fraud, plagiarism or any other unethical behavior?
    • Is the research relevant?
      • Is the same information already published before, either by the same author or by another scientist?
      • Is the information novel and is there an overall benefit of publishing this work?
  3. Write a review report:
    • Follow the steps on the review form.
      Keep in mind: As a reviewer, you may disagree with the author’s opinions, but if they are consistent with the available evidence, you should allow them to stand. If you provide feedback, try to give constructive criticism. Positive feedback as well as negative feedback can help an author to improve the manuscript.
    • Make a recommendation:
      • Accept: if the manuscript can be published in its current form.
      • Accept after minor changes: if the manuscript needs some light revisions before publishing it.
      • Reject and start review process again after major changes: if the manuscript needs major revisions before publishing it.
      • Reject: if the paper is not suitable for publication within this journal or if the revisions that would have to be undertaken are too fundamental.
  4. Some things to keep in mind:
    • Use appropriate language in addressing your comments to the author. Carefully construct your comments so that the author understands fully what to improve. Generalized and vague statements should be avoided, along with negative comments that are not supported with arguments. Lectito editors never edit reviewer comments and thus we ask you to use appropriate language. Confidential comments to the editors can be made on the review form in the special box assigned for it.
    • If you have time, give suggestions to the author how to improve clarity, succinctness and overall quality of the manuscript.

 

Updated on 19 November 2021