The peer-review process
Peer review - what is it?
Peer review is the process through which the quality of a manuscript is determined before publication. Independent researchers with expertise in the relevant field of study evaluate submitted manuscripts for originality, validity, and importance to assist editors in deciding whether a manuscript should be published in their journal.

How does it function?
When a manuscript is submitted to a journal, it is evaluated to see if it fits the journal's submission guidelines. If it does, the manuscript will pass on to the Editors in Chief to assign the manuscript to suitable editors who will be responsible for the peer-review process. The editors will identify possible peer reviewers from the relevant field of research to conduct a peer review and give suggestions. Natural Resources for Human Health uses three types for the identification of potential reviewers,
  • Invite reviewers, who do not have an account
  • Use Web of Science Reviewer Locator to get recommendation
  • Select reviewers suggested by Author; in this case, our editors will select reviewers only if they are experts in the subject area of the work and will not select more than one reviewer from the provided list

Natural Resources for Human Health uses a Double-blind mode of peer review which means the reviewers are unaware of the authors' identities, and the authors are unaware of who evaluated their manuscripts.

Why should peer review be conducted?
Peer review is an essential component of scientific publishing since it verifies the manuscript's legitimacy. Peer reviewers are subject matter experts who provide their time to assist authors in improving their articles. Manuscripts that have undergone peer review should become:

  • More strong
  • - peer reviewers may identify inconsistencies in a study that require extra explanation or experimentation
  • Streamlined reading
  • - if any sections of your article are difficult to comprehend, reviewers can make suggestions for improvement
  • More importantly
  • - peer reviewers consider the significance of your article to others in your area