Author & Reviewer Guidelines

General Guidelines
The peer review process through SPapers focuses on helping authors improve their research and manuscript. It does not require a decision whether the manuscript can be published or not. Both the author and the reviewer know each other’s identity, and they can communicate during peer review. Here are some suggestions for authors and reviewers:


  • Make sure your manuscript is well written and free of errors. If necessary, use English language editing services before requesting peer review.
  • Provide a manuscript in a format ready for submission to a journal.
  • Submit your manuscript as a single Word or PDF file.
  • If you have specific requests, ask the reviewer. Examples: “Do you think Figure 4a is necessary?”, “Do you think the experiment is described in sufficient detail?”, or “Which journal would you recommend for the publication of this manuscript?”


  • If authors have specific requests, address them in your review.
  • If authors have no specific requests, conduct the review as you would for a regular journal, with emphasis on constructive feedback.
  • Communicate with authors if you have questions or need clarifications.

Review Time
Please complete the review within 14 calendar days. If you are unable to, please let us know so that we can notify the authors.

Conflict of interest
If you think there is a conflict of interest (for example, if you are a direct competitor of any of the manuscript’s authors), please do not accept the review request. If you are not sure if there is a conflict of interest, let us know about your concerns before accepting to review the manuscript.

The manuscript you receive is confidential. You must ask written permission from the author to share this manuscript or the information derived from it with anyone. If the author gives you permission to share this manuscript with other parties, you must declare if a third party participated in the review.

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