Important Dates :
Submissions : OPEN
Notification Dates : 20th of each Month
Average Review Time : 29 days
Peer Review process : Journal uses blind review system to ensure originality, timeliness, relevance, and readability.
The reviewer report should comprehensively critique the submission, consisting of more than a few brief sentences. Journal does not require a specific structure for reports, however, a suggested format is:
We encourage reviewers to help authors improve their manuscript. The report should give constructive analysis to authors, particularly where revisions are recommended. Where reviewers do not wish authors to see certain comments, these can be added to the confidential comments to the Academic Editor.
Reviewers should decline to review a submission when they:
Conflicts of Interest
Reviewers must declare any remaining interests in the â€˜Confidentialâ€™ section of the review form, which will be considered by the editor.
Reviewers must declare if they have previously discussed the manuscript with the authors.
Reviewers are encouraged to comment on authorsâ€™ declared conflicts of interest. If there are concerns that authors have not fully disclosed financial, institutional, commercial, personal, ideological, or academic interests, this should be raised in the reviewer report.
While expectations vary by discipline, some core aspects that should be critiqued by reviewers may include:
To help authors receive timely reviews, reviewer reports should be submitted ONLINE on or before the agreed deadline. Reviewers should contact JAL if they are unable to meet the deadline so an alternative date can be arranged.
We encourage reviewers to focus their reports on objectively critiquing the scientific aspects of the submission, including soundness of the methodology and whether the conclusions can be supported by the results. Comments may also be given on novelty and the potential impact of the work. Reviewers provide a recommendation to accept, revise, or reject; however, the decision will be made by the Academic Editor.
JAL does not mandate the use of reporting guidelines by authors, however, we encourage reviewers to use relevant reporting guidelines to help assess the submission. The EQUATOR Network and FAIRsharing list clinical and general science guidelines, respectively. We particularly encourage the use of:
Read the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers for information on best practice in peer review.
Manuscripts under peer review should be strictly confidential. Reviewers must not share manuscripts or discuss their content with anyone outside the peer review process.
Reviewers may, on request, consult with colleagues from their research group trusting that the confidentiality of the manuscript is maintained. Reviewers should first contact JAL or the Academic Editor handling the manuscript and note the name of the colleague(s) in the â€˜Comments to the editorâ€™ section of their report.
Reviewers will be anonymous to the authors.
We appreciate applications to join our community of peer reviewers. Our Academic Editors select reviewers on a manuscript-by-manuscript basis. In each case, the most relevant scientists will be invited. To provide up-to-date contact details, interested reviewers should register as reviewer.