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IWA Publishing Peer Review

All papers submitted to IWA Publishing are fully peer-reviewed by the Editorial Board of the chosen journal. Editorial Boards are comprised of highly qualified researchers selected based on their experience and expertise in a particular subject area. Authors should ensure that their manuscripts follow the relevant Instructions for Authors prior to submission.

Authors submit their papers to IWA Publishing journals via the Journals' Homepage. Papers are then directed to Editors according to subject area. 

Editors make a preliminary assessment of whether the paper is suitable for the journal. This assessment takes into account the quality of the manuscript and the relevance of the subject matter. If the manuscript does not fulfil these criteria, it is rejected immediately. If it does, the Editor will send the paper out for review to a minimum of two Reviewers. 

Reviewers review the manuscript and based on these reviews, the Editor decides whether to:

(a) Accept the manuscript without further revisions

(b) Request minor or major revisions

(c) Reject the paper

If further revisions are requested, the authors are asked to complete these before resubmitting their manuscript to the Editor. If necessary, the revised manuscript is sent once again for review by the Reviewers. The Editor then makes a final decision whether to accept or reject the manuscript.

IWA Publishing adheres to ‘single blind’ peer review; author names are revealed to the Reviewers, however, Reviewer identities remain anonymous to the authors. 

IWA Publishing follows the Committee of Publications Ethics (COPE) guidelines when we are notified of any misconduct or unethical behaviour. This can be information received from anyone, regardless of their relationship to the Reviewers, Editors, authors or the papers.

Helpful Resources

Benefits of Reviewing for IWA Publishing

Editorial Services

Ethical Guidance in Peer Review

How to Review a Paper

IWA Publishing Journals Gateway

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