Open Peer Review Policy

All submitted monographs and book chapters first go through the initial Editorial screening. The Academic Editor(s) reviews the work on the ground of plagiarism, and the scientific value, to decide whether they are suitable for the book. The manuscripts are subject to external blind review.

Reviewer selection is a critical parameter to maintain the high peer review standard. Many factors are considered during peer reviewer selection like: proof of expertise in terms of published papers in the same area in reputed journals, affiliation, and reputation, specific suggestion, etc. We try to avoid reviewers who are slow, careless or do not provide sufficient justification for their decision (positive or negative). We also, as much as possible, try to rule out those reviewers who may have an obvious competing interest.

With the help of the reviewers’ comments, FINAL decision (accepted or accepted with minor revision or accepted with major revision or rejected) is taken by the Academic Editor. The final decision is sent to the corresponding author. The Editorial office may request a re-review regardless of a reviewer’s response in order to ensure a thorough and fair evaluation. Reviewers who may have offered an opinion not in accordance with the FINAL decision should not feel that their recommendation was not duly considered and their service was not properly appreciated. Experts often disagree, and it is the job of the editorial team to make a FINAL decision.

Authors are encouraged to submit the revised version within 15-21 days of receipt of reviewers’ comments (in case of minor corrections). But at any case, the revised manuscript submission should not go beyond eight weeks (only for the cases of major revision), in order to maintain B P International’s mission of the fast publication. Along with corrected manuscript authors need to submit filled ‘review comment forms’, any rebuttal to any point raised by reviewers. The Academic Editor will have the exclusive power to take the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of a manuscript during peer review process.

B P International strongly opposes the practice of any type of plagiarism. All manuscripts are checked by several plagiarism checking software and tools and plagiarized manuscripts are rejected immediately. If reviewers suspect any unethical practice in the manuscript, the reviewers should write it in the report with some proof/web links.

B P International believes in constructive criticism. Reviewers are encouraged to be honest but not offensive in their language. Unnecessarily harsh words may be modified or removed at the editors’ discretion. It is expected that the reviewers should suggest the authors on how they can strengthen their paper to make it acceptable. Comments of the reviewers should be sufficiently informative and helpful to reach an Editorial Decision. We strongly advise that a negative review should also explain the weaknesses of any manuscript, so that the concerned authors can understand the basis of rejection and he/she can improve the manuscript based on those comments. Authors also should not confuse straightforward and true comments with unfair criticism. Substantially Extended version of previously published articles in conference or similar scholarly communications or digital archives or prepublication repositories may be considered by the reviewers and editors provided a clear disclaimer is added inside the chapter with complete transparent disclosure about the genesis of the manuscript and all required permissions are collected by the authors.

B P International is very much reluctant to go against suggestions (particularly on technical areas) of the reviewers. Therefore, authors are requested to treat the suggestions of reviewers with utmost importance.