General Peer Review guidelines for journals hosted by Eco-vector journal hosting platform


All manuscripts submitted to the Editorial Board of the appropriate journal hosted by Eco-vector platform are subject to mandatory peer review. The type of peer-review can differ from journal to journal (open, blind, bouble-blined) and depends on the editorial board decision.

Review of manuscripts is carried out by members of the Editorial Board and the Editorial Council, as well as by invited reviewers — leading experts in the relevant field. The decision on the choice of a reviewer for the examination of the article is made by the editor-in-chief, deputy editor-in-chief, executive secretary. Eco-vector recomends to use Publons platform to search and recognize reviewers.

The review Period can persists from 2 to 4 weeks, though in some cases the schedule may be adjusted at the reviewer’s request.

Each reviewer has an option to abnegate the assessment should any conflict of interests arise that may affect perception or interpretation of the manuscript. Upon the scrutiny, the reviewer is expected to present the editorial board with one of the following recommendations:

  • to accept the manuscript for publication in the present form;
  • to accept the manuscript for publication after correcting the shortcomings noted by the reviewer;
  • to reject the manuscript;
  • to submit the manuscript to the journal of another profile.

The editorial Board of the journal sends the text of reviews to the author. If there are recommendations for revision of the manuscript, the editorial Board proposes to take them into account when preparing a new version of the manuscript.

In case of disagreement with any recommendations (comments) in the response letter to the reviewers, the authors need to clearly argue the reason for the refusal to make the appropriate corrections (additions).

Revision of the article should not take more than two months from the date of sending an electronic message to the authors about the need to make changes. The manuscript modified by the author should be re-sent for review. The authors are wellcome to place answers to the reviewers in separate files and upload them together with the revised manuscript file.

In case of refusal of the authors to finalize the materials, they must notify the Editorial Board in writing of their refusal to publish the article. If the authors do not return the revised version after three months from the date of sending the review, the Editorial Board can remove it from the account even in the absence of information from the authors with the refusal to finalize the article. In such situations, the authors should be notified of the withdrawal of the manuscript from registration in connection with the expiration of the period allotted for revision.

Editorial Boards are allowed to conduct no more than three rounds of review for each manuscript. If after double revision of the manuscript the reviewers or the Editorial Board still have significant comments, the Editorial Board rejects the manuscript and removes it from registration. In this case, the authors are notified accordingly.

If the author and reviewers have any unsolvable contradictions regarding the manuscript, the Editorial Board has the right to send the manuscript for additional review.

The decision to refuse to publish the manuscript is made at a meeting of the Editorial Board in accordance with the recommendations of the reviewers. The message about refusal in the publication goes to the author by e-mail, in the letter reviews and the bases for refusal in the publication are given. The manuscript, not recommended by the decision of the Editorial Board for publication, is not accepted for re-consideration.

The presence of a positive review is not a sufficient basis for the publication of the article. The final decision on the publication is made by the Editorial Board and/or Editor-in_chief of the appropriate journal. In conflict situations, the decision can made the Editor-in-Chief only.

After the Editorial Board of the journal decides on the admission of the manuscript for publication, the Editorial team informs the author and indicates the date of publication.

Originals of reviews are kept in editorial office not less than 5 years. Reviews of manuscripts are not published in the public domain and are used only in the internal document circulation of the Editorial Board, as well as in communication with the authors.