Peer Reviewer Process
The process is double-blind peer-review, meaning that the author does not know the identity of the reviewer, and the reviewer does not know the integrity of the author. At least two review reports are collected for each submitted article. The Editor-in-Chief can make suggestions of reviewers during pre-check. Alternatively, JITKT editorial staff will use qualified Editorial Board Members, qualified reviewers from our database.
The following checks are applied to all reviewers:
- That they hold no conflicts of interest with the authors,
- They must have recent publications in the field of the submitted paper;
- They have not recently been invited to review a manuscript for any JITKT accepted paper.
To assist Editorial Board Members, JITKT Technical Editor handle all communication with reviewers, authors, and the external editor; however, Editor-in-Chief and Editor Secretary can check the status of manuscripts and the identity of reviewers at any time. Reviewers are given four weeks to write their reviews. For the review of a revised manuscript, reviewers are asked to provide their reports within one week. In both cases, extensions can be granted on request.
A paper can only be accepted for publication by Editor-in-Chief or Editor Secretary. Employed JITKT staff (Technical Editor) can only reject papers: it would create an apparent conflict of interest if they were permitted to accept an article as their salary is paid for by the article processing charge of accepted items.