Peer Review Process

Obligations and Responsibilities of Editors

The editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Education and Science (IJES) is ultimately responsible for making decisions on manuscript publication based on the journal’s policy, as well as legal and legislative requirements regarding copyright infringement, particularly plagiarism.

When making a decision on manuscript publication, the editor-in-chief has to consult with the deputy editor-in-chief, members of the editorial board and reviewers.

Editors make an impartial assessment of intellectual content of manuscripts regardless of the race, skin color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic origin, nationality and political views of author(s). They must not disclose information on a submitted manuscript to third parties except for an author and potential reviewers, as well as, in certain circumstances, members of the editorial board, if necessary. In addition, editors make every effort to ensure the impartiality of the peer review process when the author’s identity is unknown to a reviewer, and vice versa.

If a potential author has any professional questions within the scope of the journal, they can contact members of the editorial board via email: [email protected].

Obligations and Responsibilities of Reviewers

Reviewers of the International Journal of Education and Science (IJES) do their work on a voluntary basis. Reviewers have the right to refuse to peer review certain manuscripts at their discretion if, for example, they cannot prepare a manuscript in time due to their workload or other duties. They also must not peer review a manuscript if their academic degree does not correspond to the subject of a research article.

All manuscripts must be treated as confidential documents during the peer review process and can be read by or discussed with someone else exclusively with the consent of the journal’s editorial board.

Reviewers must be impartial, provide detailed and constructive assessment, give clear arguments, as well as substantiate their recommendations.

Manuscript Review Procedure

All manuscripts submitted to the editorial board of the International Journal of Education and Science (IJES) must undergo the peer review process.

Article peer review process consists of the following stages:

An article is reviewed by one of members of the editorial board (a single-blind review method is used, which means that reviewers know authors, but authors do not know reviewers).

An article is reviewed by an independent expert in the relevant area of expertise (a double-blind peer review method is used, which means that both authors and reviewers do not know each other).

When assessing all materials of an article, the following criteria are used: originality, innovation, significance of results for the researched field, literacy, methodology, compliance with manuscript requirements.


To undergo the peer review procedure, authors have to prepare manuscripts so that their identity would not be disclosed. Materials must be submitted as two separate files: a title page that provides information on author(s) and a manuscript that contains no information on authorship.

Preliminary Assessment of Articles

At first, all manuscripts are reviewed by editors to assess their compliance with the scope and requirements of the journal. Incomplete materials or manuscripts that do not meet those requirements are returned to author(s) for corrections. Authors will be informed of review results in a corresponding letter.

The editor-in-chief or an editor reads every received manuscript and assigns one of the following priority levels:

1

manuscript is sent to reviewers immediately;

2

manuscript is returned to author(s) with suggestions for correction of the provided data;

3

manuscript
is rejected.

Editors analyze the reviewed manuscript. If the manuscript meets the requirements of the journal, it is sent to two (or more) reviewers for analysis and to a statistical editor if it contains figures. The preliminary assessment usually lasts 3 weeks.

Author Agreement

After the decision to review an article was made, author(s) must fill out, sign and send the Author Agreement to the journal’s editorial board. This way, authors confirm the authenticity of the article, authorship and assignment of rights. In addition, by filling out the Author Agreement, author(s) agree(s) with the data processing in accordance with the current legislation.

We would like to draw attention to the fact that the filled out Author Agreement must be sent to the editorial board as soon as possible to accelerate the editing process.

Conflict of Interests

After the decision to review an article was made, author(s) fill(s) out the Conflict of Interests Declaration.

Authors must provide the editorial board with information on all financial agreements with companies or their individual representatives that can be related to the subject of the article. The journal’s editorial board insists that authors of articles do not have financial relations with a company (or its competitor) that creates a product mentioned in an article. The journal’s policy also requires that reviewers, associate editors and editorial board mention all relations that could cause a conflict of interests related to the reviewed manuscript in their letter to the editor-in-chief.