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Guidelines for Reviewers


Thank you for agreeing to be a reviewer for Coastal Business Journal. Below are some guidelines to help you begin.

Before you start

If you accept, you must treat the materials you receive as confidential documents. This means you can’t share them with anyone without prior authorization from the editor. Since peer review is confidential, you also must not share information about the review with anyone without permission from the editors and authors.

First, read the article and then take a break from it, giving you time to think. Consider the article from your own perspective. When you sit down to write the review, make sure you know what the journal is looking for, and have a copy of any specific reviewing criteria you need to consider.

Source: CBJ Ethical Guidelines

Your review report

Your review will help the editor decide whether or not to publish the article. Giving your overall opinion and general observations of the article are essential. Your comments should be courteous and constructive, and should not include any personal remarks or personal details including your name.

Providing insight into any deficiencies is important. You should explain and support your judgment so that both editors and authors are able to fully understand the reasoning behind your comments. You should indicate whether your comments are your own opinion or are reflected by the data.

Source: CBJ Ethical Guidelines

Checklist

  • Summarize the article, in brief, to show you have read and understood the main points.
  • Give your main impressions of the article based on considerations of writing quality, presentation, unique insight into the field, relevance/usefulness, and rigor.  Positive feedback and constructive criticism are welcome.
  • Point out any specific points– e.g., sections that are missing or do not make sense.
  • Provide constructive comments to the authors that are detailed enough so that they can understand and take action on recommended changes.
  • If you have ethical or plagiarism concerns, please contact the Associate Editor that assigned the manuscript. 

Your recommendation

Please make one of the following recommendations related to the manuscript:

Accept- The manuscript is ready to publish based on the writing quality, presentation, unique insight into the field, relevance/usefulness, and rigor.

Minor Revision- The manuscript can be ready to publish with minor edits based on the writing quality, presentation, unique insight into the field, relevance/usefulness, and rigor.

Major Revision- The manuscript requires significant changes to one or more based on the writing quality, presentation, unique insight into the field, relevance/usefulness, and rigor.

Reject- The paper is not of a quality for potential future publication, based on considerations of writing quality, presentation, unique insight into the field, relevance/usefulness, and rigor.