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To be a Reviewer

Do you want to be a reviewer?

Typically, reviewers are invited to conduct a review by a journal editor. Editors usually select researchers who are experts in the same subject area as the paper. However, if you think you would be a good reviewer for our journal you can always contact us: SVeditorial@signavitae.net.

What do reviewers do, and why?

Reviewers evaluate article submissions to journals, based on the requirements of that journal, predefined criteria, and quality, completeness and accuracy of the research presented. They provide feedback on the article and the research, suggest improvements and make a recommendation to the editor about whether to accept, reject or request changes to the article.

Reviewing is a time-intensive process – writing a review report can be almost as much work as writing a manuscript! However, it is very worthwhile for the reviewer as well as for the community. Reviewers:

ensure the rigorous standards of the scientific process by taking part in the peer-review system

uphold the integrity of the journal by identifying invalid research and helping to maintain the quality of the journal

fulfil a sense of obligation to the community and their own area of research

establish relationships with reputable colleagues and their affiliated journals and increase their opportunities to join an editorial board

reciprocate professional courtesy, as authors and reviewers often have interchangeable roles

researchers ‘repay’ the same courtesy they receive as authors.

Benefits of our volunteer reviewer

There are several benefits to becoming a reviewer. You can:

Establish your expertise in the field and expand your knowledge

Improve your reputation and increase your exposure to key figures in the field

Stay up to date with the latest literature and have advanced access to research results

Develop critical thinking skills essential to research

Advance in your career – peer review is an essential role for researchers

Do you want to be our reviewer? Please click here.


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Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch) The Science Citation Index (SCI) is a citation index originally produced by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) and created by Eugene Garfield. It (Science Citation Index Expanded) covers more than 8,500 notable and significant journals, across 150 disciplines in science and technology, from 1900 to the present.

Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition aims to evaluate a journal’s value from multiple perspectives including the journal impact factor, descriptive data about a journal’s open access content as well as contributing authors, and provide readers a transparent and publisher-neutral data & statistics information about the journal.

Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index The CAS Source Index (CASSI) Search Tool is an online resource that can quickly identify or confirm journal titles and abbreviations for publications indexed by CAS since 1907, including serial and non-serial scientific and technical publications.

IndexCopernicus The Index Copernicus International (ICI) Journals database’s is an international indexation database of scientific journals. It covered international scientific journals which divided into general information, contents of individual issues, detailed bibliography (references) sections for every publication, as well as full texts of publications in the form of attached files (optional). For now, there are more than 58,000 scientific journals registered at ICI.

Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research The Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER) is a non-profit organization established in 2002 and it works in close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO). The overall objectives of the Foundation are to promote and develop health education and research programs.

Scopus Scopus is Elsevier's abstract and citation database launched in 2004. Scopus covers nearly 36,377 titles (22,794 active titles and 13,583 Inactive titles) from approximately 11,678 publishers, of which 34,346 are peer-reviewed journals in top-level subject fields: life sciences, social sciences, physical sciences and health sciences.

Embase Embase (often styled EMBASE for Excerpta Medica dataBASE), produced by Elsevier, is a biomedical and pharmacological database of published literature designed to support information managers and pharmacovigilance in complying with the regulatory requirements of a licensed drug.

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