SAE International appreciates the essential role of reviewers in the journal process, and our reviewers are crucial to the integrity and validity of the research we publish. We rely on reviewers to help to improve quality and to adhere to SAE’s standards through a double-blind peer-review process. SAE journals require a minimum of three qualified reviews before a decision is reached about publication.
What is peer review?
Scholarly peer review is the process of subjecting an author’s scholarly work, research, or ideas to the scrutiny of others who are experts in the field. Peer review is critical to enforcing the standards and integrity of high-quality scholarly publishing and can add value and further clarity to submitted manuscripts. The peer-review process acts as a filter for poor content and as a mechanism for improving content.
Why is peer review important?
Peer review is important because it acts as a quality control measure. The review process helps an editor and/or publisher decide if a manuscript should be rejected, accepted for publication, or returned for modification. Exposing an author’s manuscript to experts in his/her field of research checks for validity, integrity, quality, and value.
Why is timeliness important?
SAE understands that reviewers are busy and that they will not be able to accept all invitations to review. The journals staff asks that you respond at your earliest convenience if you are unable to accept an invitation to review a manuscript. Reviewers are also able to mark times within Editorial Manager during which they will not be available to review manuscripts. Timeliness of response—whether agreeing to complete a review or not—is important to give authors timely feedback on their manuscripts. Reviewers that do not respond to invitations or do not provide reviews in a timely manner can cause serious delays in our time to first decision and to publication in general, and SAE strives to improve these timelines on an ongoing basis. Many reviewers also serve as authors and understand the importance of completing reviews in a timely manner.
Why are good reviews important?
Good peer reviews are critical because they provide a detailed analysis of the work, and they also make efforts to distinguish the difference between appropriate and valuable research and flawed research. A good review will offer proof that the research is worth publishing, suggestions on how the research can be improved, or sound reasoning for rejecting a manuscript.
Good reviews ensure the integrity of the journal. It is the responsibility of all reviewers to act in ways that coincide with SAE International’s policies and guidelines. SAE also supports and follows the policies and guidelines of COPE, the Committee on Publication Ethics.