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Peer review/ responsibility for the reviewers

Peer review/ responsibility for the reviewers:

Peer review is the critical assessment of manuscripts submitted to the Arab World English Journal for Translation Literary Studies(AWEJTLS)  by experts in related fields. Unbiased, independent and critical approaches to academic assessment are an intrinsic part of all scholarly work. Peer review can therefore be viewed as an important extension of the scientific process. Peer review means bringing judgment based on experience and knowledge to the evaluation process—from setting the standards to conducting the evaluation, to making final decisions. AWEJTLS acknowledges the contribution of its peer reviewers. Each paper will be sent for evaluation by at least two reviewers. if you are interested to join our team of reviewers, please send your C.V. to : editor@awej.org 

All reviewing judgments should be objective

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author(s) is inacceptable. Referees should express their views clearly with appropriate supporting arguments. Reviewers are expected to respond promptly to requests to review and to submit reviews within the time agreed. Reviewers’ comments should be constructive, honest, and polite.

Reviewed articles should be treated confidentially

Reviewers should regard a submitted manuscript as a confidential document and not meant to be public, and so should not use, share or disclose unpublished information in a manuscript. Reviewers must not publicly discuss an authors’ work and must not appropriate authors’ ideas before the manuscript is published. Reviewers must not retain the manuscript for their personal use and should destroy copies of manuscripts after submitting their reviews.

Reviewers should have no conflict of interest with respect to reviewed articles

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider evaluating manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, universities or institutions connected to the submission. Reviewers must disclose to editors any conflicts of interest that could bias their opinions of the manuscript and should recuse themselves from reviewing specific manuscripts if the potential for bias exists. Reviewers must not use knowledge of the work they’re reviewing before its publication to further their own interests. Reviewers must not retain the manuscript for their personal use and should destroy copies of manuscripts after submitting their reviews.

Reviewers should assess the manuscript in a timely manner

Peer reviewers must fulfill their responsibility by rigorously assessing a given research manuscript within time limits specified by AWEJTLS. If reviewers are unable to review the paper in a specified time, they should inform the editorial board immediately by e-mail to the editor.

Reviewers should point out relevant published work which is not yet cited

Reviewers should point out relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor’s attention any substantial similarity between the manuscript under consideration and any published paper.

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