Reviewer Information 

In order to ensure that the papers published in Univ. Sci. meet the minimum requirements of quality, originality, and relevance, each one of the manuscripts submitted to Univ. Sci. is subject to a scholarly peer review processes (sometimes called refereeing) in which an anonymous evaluation is done by, at least, three expert reviewers in the field (who are not part of the Univ. Sci. editorial team). Journal's editors, reviewers and publishers should follow a code of conduct that is globally accepted.  

Adherence to the standards of publication ethics is a mandatory subject to Univ. Sci. The COPE (Committee On Publications Ethics) ethics standards should be followed by editors, authors and reviewers. The basic principles peer reviewers should follow are (http://publicationethics.org):

 
 
  • Only agree to review manuscripts for which they have the subject expertise required to carry out a proper assessment and which they can assess in a timely manner.

  • Respect the confidentiality of peer review and not reveal any details of a manuscript or its review, during or after the peer-review process, beyond those that are released by the journal.

  • Not use information obtained during the peer-review process for their own or any other person's or organization's advantage, or to disadvantage or discredit others.

  • Declare all potential conflicting interests, seeking advice from the journal if they are unsure whether something constitutes a relevant interest.

  • Not allow their reviews to be influenced by the origins of a manuscript, by the nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender or other characteristics of the authors, or by commercial considerations.

  • Be objective and constructive in their reviews, refraining from being hostile or inflammatory and from making libelous or derogatory personal comments.

  • Acknowledge that peer review is largely a reciprocal endeavour and undertake to carry out their fair share of reviewing and in a timely manner.

  • Provide journals with personal and professional information that is accurate and a true representation of their expertise.

  • Recognize that impersonation of another individual during the review process is considered serious misconduct.


 

The peer review of manuscripts published in Univ. Sci. is an important step in order to ensuring the publication of original and high-quality research in multidisciplinary sciences. The effort of the reviewers is a valuable contribution to the strength and high quality of the journal. Thanks to all for agreeing to review Univ. Sic. manuscripts.

 


 

 

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