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Peer Review Week 2016

This week is extra special for HBKU Press and the academic community because it recognizes an integral component of the publishing process: peer review.

What is peer review?
For those not familiar with the term, peer review is the process by which peers evaluate the quality of work submitted for publication. Peer reviewers dedicate countless hours, days, months to read research papers written by academics in a related field of study and dissect the subject matter to verify its scientific soundness, relevance to the field and, ultimately, assess and improve an article or book to ensure it adds value to the intended readership.

At Hamad bin Khalifa University Press, we constantly rely on peer reviewer comments and recommendations when deciding on our new publications, whether it’s for our open access platform, QScience.com, or for our academic books.

How does peer review fit into the overall article submission process?
As a publisher, HBKU Press is constantly receiving submissions from all over the MENA region and international research communities. The submissions are sifted through and the best are selected to move forward to the peer review process. An editor within HBKU Press recognizes the academic field of the paper or book and accordingly picks a relevant peer reviewer to evaluate the submission.

The peer reviewer then reads the work and provides any feedback he/she deems necessary. This feedback is sent to the author who can either make the recommended changes or they can choose not to, depending on how they feel the changes affect the overall impact of their work.

What are the types of peer review?
There are two types of peer review: single and double-blind.

Single-blind peer review: this is when the author is not told who their reviewer is but the peer reviewer knows the author of the paper they’re reviewing. This allows for the author’s credentials to be a part of the decision process on whether or not the work submitted is impactful.

Double-blind peer review: in this instance, neither the author nor the peer reviewer know who the other is. This allows for a much more objective environment and assessment is purely of the subject matter of the research material and nothing else.

In addition to hand selected peer reviewers, HBKU Press has partnered with a double-blind peer review service called Rubriq that helps speed the typically lengthy process along and has its own database of established peer reviewers across a diverse list of research fields.

How does HBKU manage the peer review of Arabic language articles?
HBKU Press is proud to be a leading advocate of the Arabic peer review practice as we are one of a select few publishers that carry out the entire process, purely in Arabic. The double-blind review process is extremely fast as reviewers are requested to submit their comments within a 7-day period. Quality of reviews is of the same caliber as their English counterpart as HBKU Press has created a robust set of guidelines for reviewers to follow.


For further information on peer review week and scheduled events, please visit the official peer review week 2016 webpage. https://peerreviewweek.wordpress.com/