Policies for referees
Referees or peers revising manuscripts are key integrants of the editing process of the Journal. They have the mission of contributing towards the advancement of sciences through their involvement in guaranteeing works quality before they are published. Their work is altruist and anonymous regarding manuscripts’ authors.
The editor sends every manuscript to at least two referees considered as suitable for the topic, thus the editing board may consider different scholars opinions to decide about the editorial process.
Referees have the responsibility of rigorously evaluating the manuscripts within the deadline proposed by the Journal.
Referees must decline a manuscript revision when they observe the presence of conflicts of interest or they feel they will not be able to perform a fair and objective revision. An appropriate arbitrage includes weaknesses and strengths of the manuscript, suggestions for its improvement, specific questions to be answered by the authors and guidelines to improve work quality and acceptance by future readers. Referees must keep confidentiality of manuscripts received for revision and must not use or diffuse data or information belonging to them, which is considered as an unethical behaviour. Referees are forbidden to ask for inclusion of aspects whose answer is not sought by the manuscript and to insinuate that their own works be cited.
In front of the Journal, referees must be solicitous about quality and celerity of their revisions and avoid conflicts of interest. Referees must fulfil deadlines and formats asked by the Journal. When arbitrage is not possible, they must decline it opportunely. When they require additional time for a manuscript revision, they must inform the editor. If referees present conflicts of interest concerning a manuscript, they must abstain from making the revision, informing the editor about it. When a referee proposes either not publishing a manuscript or publishing it only after major changes, then he or she may receive a new version, corrected by the authors accepting the improvement suggestions. Arbitrage is an efficient tool to improve works quality.
The editor is allowed to diffuse arbitrage reports among referees (keeping anonymity) so as to promote good performance, solve controversy and improve the edition process.
Referees will be informed about the destiny of the manuscript they have revised. As a way to compensate their valuable contribution, the editor will send them a thank letter for each arbitrage and their names will be published at the beginning of the following year, after their collaboration.