N A. Foundation Press Instructions for Reviewers

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As a valued reviewer for N A. Foundation Press, you play a crucial role in maintaining the high standards of our publications. We appreciate your commitment to the peer-review process, ensuring the quality and integrity of the manuscripts we consider for publication. Please adhere to the following guidelines while reviewing manuscripts for N A. Foundation Press:

Responsibilities of Reviewers

  1. Reviewing Process:

    • Reviewing manuscript critically but constructively and preparing detailed comments about the manuscript to help authors improve their work
    • Reviewing multiple versions of a manuscript as necessary
    • Providing all required information within established deadlines
    • Making recommendations to the editor regarding the suitability of the manuscript for publication in the journal
    • Declaring to the editor any potential conflicts of interest to the authors or the content of a manuscript they asked to review
    • Reporting possible research misconduct
    • Suggest alternative reviewers if they cannot review the manuscript for any reason.
    • Treating the manuscript as a confidential document
    • Not making any use of the work described in the manuscript
    • Not communicating directly with authors, if somehow, they identify the authors
    • Not identifying themselves as authors
    • Not passing on the assigned manuscript to another reviewer
    • Ensuring that the manuscript is of high quality and original work
    • Informing the editor if they find the assigned manuscript is under consideration in any other publication to their knowledge
    • Writing review reports in English only
    • Authoring a commentary for publication related to the reviewed manuscript 
  2. Recommendations:

    • Make recommendations to the editor regarding the manuscript's suitability for publication.
    • Declare any potential conflicts of interest.
    • Report possible research misconduct.
  3. Confidentiality:

    • Treat the manuscript as confidential.
    • Do not use the work described in the manuscript for personal gain.
    • Avoid direct communication with authors if their identity is somehow revealed.

What Should Be Checked While Reviewing A Manuscript?

Review the manuscript for:

  • Novelty
  • Originality
  • Scientific reliability
  • A valuable contribution to the science
  • Adding new aspects to the existing field of study
  • Ethical aspects
  • Structure of the article submitted and its relevance to authors' guidelines
  • References provided to substantiate the content
  • Grammar, punctuation, and spelling
  • Scientific misconduct 

Considerations Before Accepting or Declining

Before accepting or declining a review invitation, ask yourself:

  • Does the article match your area of expertise? Only accept if you feel you can provide a high-quality review.
  • Do you have a potential conflict of interest? Disclose this to the editor when you respond.
  • Do you have time? Reviewing can be a lot of work – before you commit, make sure you can meet the deadline.

How to Review for N A. Foundation Press

While there's no specific structure required, consider the following format:

  • Summary
  • Major Issues
  • Minor Issues

Provide constructive analysis to help authors improve their work. Focus on critiquing scientific aspects, including methodology, results, and potential impact.

Recommendations and Confidentiality

At the end of your review, recommend one of the following actions:

  • Accepted
  • Minor Revision
  • Major Revision
  • Reject
  • Unable to Review

Maintain strict confidentiality, refraining from sharing or discussing the manuscript outside the peer-review process.

Conflicts of Interest

Decline to review a submission if you:

  • Have a financial interest in the subject.
  • Have previously discussed the manuscript with the authors.
  • Feel unable to be objective.

Applications to Review

We appreciate applications from potential reviewers. Interested individuals should register for a user account to ensure we have up-to-date contact details.

Thank you for your dedication to maintaining the excellence of N A. Foundation Press publications. Your contributions are invaluable to the advancement of scientific knowledge.