1. Contribute to editorial decisions
The peer review process assists the editor and editorial board in making editorial decisions and may also serve the author in improving research
Any selected referee who feels ineligible to review the paper reported in the paper or knows that immediate review will be impossible must notify the editor and withdraw from the review process.
Research after it is received for review should be treated as confidential documents. It must not be disclosed or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.
4. Objective criteria
Reviews must be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees must express their opinions clearly with supporting arguments.
5. Acknowledgment of the sources
The reviewers should identify cases in which relevant published work referred to in the paper has not been cited in the references section. They should indicate whether observations or arguments from other publications are accompanied by the source in question. The reviewers will notify the editor of any material similarity or overlap between the manuscript in question and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
6. Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal benefit. Reviewers should not consider research in which they have a conflict of interest arising from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the researchers, companies, or institutions associated with the research.