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Guidelines for Reviewers

​1- UOS's journals adopt the double-blinded peer review method. The peer-reviewing process assists the editor and the editorial board in making editorial decisions and may also serve the author in improving the paper.

2- Reviewers are not supposed to examine submissions that fall out of the scope of the journal.

3- Any external reviewer who feels unqualified to review the submitted manuscript should notify the editor and withdraw from the review process.

4- All reviewers who carry out peer review on behalf of UOS journals should understand and abide by the standards of confidentiality relating to the peer-review process.

5- Reviewers must treat manuscripts received for review as confidential documents. They must not disclose or discuss them with others except as authorized by the editor.

6- Reviewers shall conduct the review process objectively and should not address any personal criticism to the author. They should also express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

7- Reviewers shall notify the editor of any considerable similarity or overlap between the reviewed manuscript and any other published work of which they have knowledge.

8- Reviewers must not use any information or data obtained from the reviewed manuscript for their personal advantage.

9- Reviewers must not accept to review manuscripts where they have conflicts of interest as a result of competitive, collaborative, or other connections with the author(s).

10- Reviewers' names and affiliations must be maintained in a secure database that is compliant with data protection standards.