Peer Review Policy for the International Journal of Fatigue

The practice of peer review is to ensure that good science is published representing acomprehensive perspective of the field. It is an objective process at the heart of good scholarly publishing and is carried out on all reputable scientific journals. Our referees therefore play a vital role in maintaining the high standards of the International Journal of Fatigue and all manuscripts are peer reviewed following the procedure outlined below.

Special issues and/or conference proceedings may have different peer review procedures involving, for example, Guest Editors, conference organisers or scientific committees. Authors contributing to these projects may receive full details of the peer review process on request from the editorial office. The Guest Editors will strive to employ the same standard of peer review that is applied to regular papers in an effort to ensure uniformity across all publications.

Acceptance of a manuscript for publication in the journal carries with it an understanding that the author, when requested, will fulfil an obligation to contribute their expertise to the review of others' manuscripts. Authors who are unwilling to assist with the review of a colleague's paper may in extreme cases find that their manuscripts are no longer welcomed for publication in the International Journal of Fatigue.

Initial manuscript evaluation
The Editor first evaluates all manuscripts. It is rare, but it is entirely feasible for an exceptional manuscript to be accepted at this stage. Those rejected at this stage are insufficiently original, have serious scientific flaws, have poor grammar or English language, or are outside the aims and scope of the journal. Those that meet the minimum criteria are passed on to at least 2 experts for review.
Authors of manuscripts rejected at this stage will be informed within 2 weeks of receipt.

Type of Peer Review
This journal employs single blind review, where the referee remains anonymous throughout the process.

How the referee is selected
Referees are matched to the paper according to their expertise. Our database is constantly being updated. We welcome suggestions for referees from the author though these recommendations may or may not be used.

Referee reports
Referees are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript:
  • Is original
  • Is methodologically sound
  • Follows appropriate ethical guidelines
  • Has results which are clearly presented and support the conclusions
  • Correctly references previous relevant work
  • Represents an archival advance in science or engineering
  • Has not been published before by the author or by others
Referees are not expected to correct or copyedit manuscripts. Language correction is not part of the peer review process.

How long does the review process take?
Typically the manuscript will be reviewed within 4 months. Should the referees' reports contradict one another or a report is unnecessarily delayed a further expert opinion will be sought. Revised manuscripts are usually returned to the initial referees within 2 weeks. Referees may request more than one revision of a manuscript.

Final report
A final decision to accept or reject the manuscript will be sent to the author along with any recommendations made by the referees, and may include verbatim comments by the referees.

Editor's Decision is final
Referees advise the editor, who is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article.

Becoming a Referee for the International Journal of FatigueIf you are not currently a referee for the International Journal of Fatigue but would like to be added to the list of referees for this title, please contact either Professor M.N. James (Department of Mechanical and Marine Engineering, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AA, UK. M.James@plymouth.ac.uk) or Professor D.L. McDowell (Georgia Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering, 801 Ferst Dr., N.W., Atlanta, GA 30332-0405, USA. david.mcdowell@me.gatech.edu). The benefits of refereeing for the International Journal of Fatigue include the opportunity to see and evaluate the latest work in your research area at an early stage. You may also be able to cite your work for the International Journal of Fatigue as part of your professional development requirements for various Professional Societies and Organisations.