Peer review of scientific articles by other researchers plays a huge role in ensuring the objectivity of research and reliable information about them.

The COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) guidelines for reviewers form the basic principles and standards that all reviewers must adhere to during the review process.

Reviewers should:

  • Agree to review only those manuscripts for which they have sufficient knowledge and which they can review in a timely manner.
  • Respect the confidentiality of the review and not disclose any details of the manuscript or review during or after the review to anyone except those persons who are authorized by the journal.
  • Do not use the information obtained during the review for your own benefit or the benefit of other persons or organizations, or to harm others or discredit others.
  • Declare all potential conflicts of interest and seek advice from the journal if they are unsure whether the situation is a conflict of interest or not.
  • Do not allow the content of their review to be influenced by the origin of the manuscript, nationality, religious affiliation, political or other views of its authors, or commercial considerations.
  • Write a review objectively and constructively, refraining from hostile or inflammatory statements, or defamatory or derogatory comments.
  • Provide magazines with accurate and truthful information about their personal and professional knowledge and experience.
  • Recognize that trying to impersonate another person during peer review is a serious violation of appropriate behavior.