Peer Review Policy
The practice of peer review is to ensure the quality of published material. It is an objective process at the heart of good scholarly publishing and is the basis of all reputable scientific journals. Our reviewers, therefore, play a vital role in maintaining the high standards of the International Journal of Livestock Research. All unsolicited manuscripts are peer reviewed following the procedure outlined below.
NOTE: Special issues and/or conference proceedings may have different peer review procedures involving, for example, Guest Editors, conference organizers or scientific committees. Authors contributing to these projects may receive full details of the peer review process on request from the editorial office.
Initial manuscript evaluation – The Editors first evaluates all manuscripts. It is rare, but it is entirely feasible for an exceptional manuscript to be accepted at this stage. Those rejected at this stage have serious scientific flaws, or are outside the aims and scope of the journal. Those that meet the minimum criteria are passed on to at least 2 experts for review. Authors of manuscripts rejected at this stage will be informed within 2 weeks of receipt or with recommended reviewer suggestions for resubmission.
Type of Peer Review – This journal employs open peer reviewing. IJLR assigns external reviewers also
How the reviewer is selected – Reviewers are matched to the paper according to their subject areas/expertise. It is expected of the Editorial Board to review several papers; however, we welcome suggestions for reviewers from the Editorial Board and Author, though these recommendations may or may not be used.
Reviewers reports – Reviewers are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript: Is original? Is methodologically sound? Follows appropriate ethical guidelines? Has results which are clearly presented and support the conclusions? Correctly references previous relevant work? Reviewers are not expected to correct or copyedit manuscripts. Language correction is not part of the peer review process. However they may suggest grammatical errors.
How long does the review process take? Typically the manuscript will be reviewed within 2 to 4 weeks. If the reviewers’ reports contradict one another or a report is unnecessarily delayed, a further expert opinion will be sought. All our reviewers sign a conflict of interest statement. Reviewers may request more than one revision of a manuscript.
Final report – A final decision to accept or reject the manuscript will be sent to the author along with any recommendations made by the reviewers, and may include verbatim comments by the reviewers.
Appeal process – If an author wishes to appeal an outcome of peer review, they should contact the Editors-in-Chief in writing and detail his/her concern. Appeals will only be successful if reviews were inadequate or unjust. Should this be the case, the manuscript will be sent to alternate reviewers agree to re-review the manuscript.
Editor’s Decision is final. Reviewers advise the Editors-in-Chief, who are responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the manuscript.
Becoming a reviewers for the Journal– If you are not currently a reviewers for the IJLR, but would like to be added to the list of reviewers (Scientific Advisory Board) for this title, please contact the editorial office at firstname.lastname@example.org. The benefits of refereeing for the International Journal of Livestock Research include the opportunity to see and evaluate the latest work in your research area at an early stage, and to be acknowledged in an annual statement in the Journal.