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This is a guideline for reviewers who voluntarily participate in peer review process of the journal. All of the journal's contents including commissioned manuscripts are subject to peer-review.

Journal of Welding and Joining reviews all received materials. Manuscripts are sent to the three most relevant investigators, for reviews of the contents. The editor selects referees results of the review will be classified as follows;

Accepted: The manuscript will be forwarded to the publisher without further corrections.

Minor revisions: The author should address the comments from the reviewers, which will be confirmed by the reviewers before being sent to the publisher.

Major revisions: The author should address the comments from the reviewers and make the appropriate corrections for review by the three reviewers.

Rejection: When one out of the three reviewers rejects the manuscript, the final decision is made by the editorial committee.

Consultation: Review of the manuscript will be done through consultation to subcommittees and subspecialties.

Single blind peer review: JWJ adopts single blind review, which means that the reviewer can identify author information while authors cannot identify reviewers.

The role of reviewers: Peer-reviewer’s role is to advise editors on individual manuscript to revise, accept, or reject. Judgments should be objective and comments should be lucidly described. Scientific soundness is the most important value of the journal; therefore, logic and statistical analysis should be considered meticulously. The use of reporting guideline is recommended for review. Reviewers should have no conflict of interest. Reviewers should point out relevant published work which is not yet cited. Reviewed articles are managed confidentially. The editorial office is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject a manuscript based on the reviewers' recommendation.

How to become a reviewer: Reviewers are usually invited by the editorial office. Anyone who wants to work voluntarily as a reviewer can contact the editorial office at http://e-jwj.org/about/contact.php.

When invited by the editorial office to review a manuscript: Reviewers recommended by the editors will usually be invited to review corresponding manuscripts. If review comments cannot be submitted within the 2 weeks of review period, please decline to review or ask for extension of the review period. If there is no review comment within the 7 days from acceptance to review, the reviewer will be given a notice

How to write review comments: After entering the e-submission system with ID and password, please download PDF files, word processor files, and supplementary files. It is not necessary to comment on the style and format, but just concentrate on the scientific soundness and logical interpretation of the results.

Comment to authors: Please make a specific comment according to the order of each section of the manuscript. Page mark and page line number are good to trace the review comments. The reviewer’s recommendation on acceptance/rejection should not be stated at the comment to authors. Consider if the peer review opinion may increase the quality of manuscript or further research by author.

Comment to editor: Both the strength and shortness of the manuscript are recommended to be added. The reviewer’s recommendation on acceptance may be added here including special opinion to editor.

Ethical guideline for reviewers:
1. Any information acquired during the review process is confidential.
2. Please inform the editor on any conflicts of interest as follows:

  • • Reviewer is a competitor.
  • • Reviewer may have an antipathy with the author(s).
  • • Reviewer may profit financially from the work.
In case of any of the above conflicts of interest, the reviewer should decline to review. If the reviewer still wishes to review, the conflicts of interest should be specifically disclosed. A history of previous collaboration with the authors or any intimate relationship with the authors does not prohibit the review.
3. Reviewer should not use any material or data originated from the manuscript in review; however, it is possible to use open data of the manuscript after publication.

Post-review work by the editorial office: Review opinions and recommendations may be analyzed by the editorial office without identifying the reviewer. If certificate of review is required, please contact the editorial office at http://e-jwj.org/about/contact.php.

Journal of
Welding and
Joining

Print ISSN: 2466-2232
Online ISSN: 2466-2100

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