Before carrying out the review, reviewers are required to refer to the editorial guidelines, the topics dealt with by the journal and the type of submissions accepted by  IJET .

To help reviewers in their reviewing task, IJET provides a "Review form". This form presents all the main aspects on which the Referees are is required to give their opinion about the article with regard to:

  1. overall quality of the submission, including its relevance to the educational technology field and degree of originality/novelty - the Referee would assign a score on a four-point sliding scale;
  2. the clarity and coherence of the author’s argumentation - the Referee would assign a score on a four-point sliding scale;
  3. pertinence to the journal’s themes (see the topics' list above) - the Referee would assign a score on a four-point sliding scale.
  4. in addition, if the submission was made in response to a Call for Papers on a specific theme, the Referee must rate its pertinence to the stated call theme/s;
  5. comments and suggestions for the author/s - click here for more details;
  6. possible comments for the Editorial Board (not visible to author/s) - click here for more details.

Next, Referees must make a recommendation based on their evaluation of the manuscript. The Referees can choose the following 6 options:

  • Accept Submission: this is rarely used, but indicates that the submission should be accepted with no changes.
  • Revisions Required: this is commonly used, and indicates that the author needs to make some small changes before publication. The changes will be reviewed by the editor and no further peer review will be required.
  • Resubmit for Review: this indicates that major changes are required, but the submission does show promise. The author will need to make the requested changes and go through another round of peer review, usually with the same reviewer.
  • Suggest to resubmit Elsewhere: the submission looks good, but isn't suitable for this journal. Typically this option must be chosen when the contribution falls outside the scope of the journal.
  • Decline Submission: this indicates that the submission is too far below the standards of the journal and is beyond revision.
  • See comments: this indicates to see comments for the Editorial Board (see Review form's point 6 above).