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JCOM referees must be registered users.

If a referee is not yet a registered user, he may receive an e-mail with a temporary login and password in order to accept or decline online a review request. After logging in, s/he will be able to modify her/his personal data.

If you cannot remember your registration data, please do not register again, rather click on "Forgot your login name?" or "Forgot your password?" on the JCOM home page. You can update your profile and change login name and password by clicking on "modify my personal data".

Communication tools are available for each preprint to communicate with the Editor in charge and the Editorial Office. Please always use these tools instead of normal e-mail. These messages will be saved in the database and associated with the document to which they refer, which is crucial for the efficiency of the editorial procedure.


Timing for processing contributions

Referees are expected to follow the timetable below:

As soon as a referee is selected, the JCOM software automatically sends them a notification via e-mail.

Referees should accept/decline a request to reveiw a manuscript within 5 days of the editor's request. An automatic reminder will be sent if no response is received.

If referees do not react or reply within the deadline, Editors may be contacted to need to select additional reviewers.

Referees should review manuscripts within 3 weeks (from the date of the review request).

On the basis of the referee report(s), the final editor report is produced and an editorial decision taken on whether the submission is acceptable for publication.


The referee web page

Pending preprints in the referee pages are divided into sections displayed like an index:

When a preprint is assigned to you as a referee, you are kindly requested to accept or decline the assignment by using the appropriate buttons at the bottom of your referee pages for the preprint in question (i.e. JCOM_001A_0104). This is to make sure you have read the editor's review request and to inform them on whether you will be able to review the submission in the requested time frame.

The report must be prepared according to the guidelines in How to write the report and should be pasted into the appropriate form (clicking the "send report" tool on your pages) and finally uploaded (button "send report"). Please remember not to sign the report: the editor-in-charge will know your identity from the system. A standard, editable message addressed to the editor is available on your referee pages after you click the "send report" button. Here, you will be asked to summarize the paper's evaluation and give your recommendations for the editorial decision.

My reviews section: these are all the contributions reviewed by you throughout the years. You can access all the versions of the preprint up to the moment you have been appointed as referee. As far as published articles are concerned, you cannot see the final version in the referees section. However, this is accessible to all readers on JCOM's website:


How to write the report

Reviewers are expected to follow the JCOM guidelines for referees.

Please remember to edit out of your report - if present - any personal details about yourself or the editor, as this part of the report needs to be completely anonymous. Should you be wishing to send the editor any annotated pdf files of the author's paper containing your suggested corrections, please be so kind as to mention this in your report and then send the file via email to JCOM Editorial Office who will then take care of forwarding it to the editor and authors.

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