How do I become a Peer Reviewer?

We are always looking for new peer reviewers. If you would like to volunteer, please contact our editorial staff Jennifer Diatz ([email protected]) to be added to our reviewer database. Please let us know your full details and send us keywords and special interests so we know which Section Editor to notify.

How does a review process start?

Potential reviewers will receive an invitation email from a section editor. To accept the invitation, please use the URL within the email. If for some reason, you are unable to review, recommendations for other reviewers are welcome and can be sent to the section editor.

If you decide to accept the invitation to review, please review the Instructions to Reviewers carefully.

As a reviewer you must provide a fair, honest, and unbiased assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the manuscript. For example, be specific in your critique, and provide supporting evidence with appropriate references to substantiate general statements. Be professional and refrain from being hostile or inflammatory and from making derogatory comments. If the work is not clear because of missing analyses, the reviewer should comment and explain what additional analyses would clarify the work submitted. It is not the job of the reviewer to extend the work beyond its current scope.

To read about how to be a good peer reviewer please visit the following blog at https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2019/09/17/how-to-be-a-good-peer-reviewer/

What should I consider before agreeing to review?

If you feel qualified to judge a manuscript, you should agree to review only if you are able to return a review within the proposed or mutually agreed time frame. Extensions can be granted if more time is required. Check with the Section Editor if you need an extension. If you cannot review, it is helpful to make suggestions for alternative reviewers if relevant, based on their expertise and without any influence of personal considerations or any intention of the manuscript receiving a specific outcome.

During the review process we ask you to declare any potentially conflicting or competing interests (which could be personal, financial, intellectual, professional, political or religious in nature) so that editors can assess these and factor them into their decisions. Please refer any major concerns over potentially competing interests to the editorial office before beginning your review. In addition, you should not agree to review a if you don’t intend to review.

For information on Ethical Guidelines for peer review please visit https://doi.org/10.24318/cope.2019.1.9. The text is available in English, Chinese and Latin American Spanish.

Manuscripts submitted to journals are authors’ private, confidential property; reviewers should keep manuscripts and the information they contain strictly confidential. Reviewers should not retain the manuscript for personal use and should destroy copies after submitting their review.

If you have a concern that misconduct occurred during either the research or the writing and submission of the manuscript, or you notice substantial similarity between the manuscript and a concurrent submission to another journal or a published article; please let the journal editor know.

How do I accept or decline an invitation to review?

Reviewers will receive an invitation to review via email you can accept or decline to review by clicking on the URL in the email.

I can’t find the invitation email is there an alternative way to accept or decline the review?

Yes. Login to Scholar One (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/aoac_jaoac) and click on the Reviewer Tab. Click on the URL “View Invitations” located in the blue box at the top of the page. Click on the dropdown arrow and select Accept and Review or Decline. You can also view the invitation email in the dropdown menu.

Where do I login to review the manuscript?

Manuscripts are located in your reviewer tab in Scholar One at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/aoac_jaoac. After you login click on the reviewer tab click on the drop down arrow and select continue review.

What is the overall scope of the Journal?

The Journal of AOAC INTERNATIONAL publishes original research articles and reports of the development, validation, and application of analytical methods for agricultural commodities (feeds, fertilizers, pesticides), foods (including food additives, vitamins, residues, biological and chemical contaminants, alcoholic beverages), drugs, cosmetics, dietary supplements, natural products, sampling, laboratory quality management, and the environment.

How do I know that the paper I am reviewing is relevant to the journal section?

For a more detailed description of each section in the Journal please see the Scope of Journal sections.

What if I have question?

We welcome feedback from our reviewers. If you have any comments or questions about our review process please contact Jennifer Diatz in the editorial office at [email protected].