Guideline for Editors in Peer Review of Manuscripts

All manuscripts submitted to the International Journal of Geohazards and Environment (IJGE) have to be peer reviewed, normally by an editor plus two qualified reviewers. The Editor-in-Chief or a delegate will select an editor based on the content of the manuscript to conduct peer review, which is an essential duty of editors.
    Editors in charge of manuscripts review must comply with the journal policy and the evaluation criteria given in Peer Review Policies and Criteria, and be familiar with the requirements given in Instructions to Authors. It is important for the editor to select appropriate, well qualified and responsible reviewers to ensure quality and timeliness.

Operation Procedure and Schedule in Manuscripts Review

1. All manuscripts are to be submitted to the portal of IJGE or by email to
2. The IJGE editorial office will send an acknowledgement message to the corresponding author upon receipt of a manuscript.
3. The appropriateness and format of manuscripts will be previewed for compliance with the Journal requirements. Manuscripts which do not meet the basic requirements given in the Instructions to Authors will be returned for revision.
4. A complete manuscript will be assigned within one (1) week to an appropriate editor.
5. The editor in charge will be responsible for timely completion of the peer review process, as follows:
    1) Select two reviewers based on the selection criteria given below within one (1) week and send them an invitation with abstract, instructing them to conduct the review within a specified time frame (normally four weeks). Reviewers are required to respond within one (1) week with their availability.
    2) Once reviewers have accepted the invitation, the editor will forward to the reviewers the full manuscript, Peer Review Policies and Criteria and a Reviewer Report form. The editor shall notify the editorial office for record, which may also assist in further communication with reviewers.
6. Each reviewer is required to evaluate the manuscript according to the criteria given in the Peer Review Policies and Criteria, make an unbiased recommendation, and send the Reviewer Report with comments in confidence to the editor in charge within four (4) weeks.
7. If both reviewers have consistent recommendations, the editor in charge will consider the feedback from both reviewers and make his/her own impartial recommendation to the Editor-in-Chief within one (1) week, together with reviewers’ reports.
8. In the case that a manuscript received inconsistent recommendations from two reviewers, the editor in charge may seek opinions from a third reviewer or conduct own review before making a recommendation. If a manuscript received conflict recommendations from the two reviewers, it will only be sent to a third reviewer for another opinion if the content of the manuscript is considered valuable to the Journal.
9. If a manuscript needs revision, the editor in charge will send it back to the corresponding author for revision within a specified time frame and ensure the revision being satisfactory. The revised manuscript may require re-review on different levels as given in the Peer Review Policies and Criteria.
10. In an exceptional situation where the editor in charge of a manuscript found him-/herself in a position unable to make an impartial decision due to reasons beyond his/her control, the editor should notify the Editor-in-Chief promptly. In that case all materials and the manuscript will be handed over to the Editor-in-Chief, who or a delegate will review and make a final recommendation.
11. The Editor-in-Chief will consider all feedback and recommendations, then make a final decision on acceptance or rejection and inform directly the corresponding author the outcome of the manuscript review within one (1) week, with a copy to the editor in charge.
12. If a manuscript is accepted “as is” by the Editor-in-Chief, it will be forwarded to the publisher for copyediting and publication.
13. The final paper will be published after proof read by author(s).
    Note: All records in the reviewing process should be well kept by the editor in charge. The final decision of acceptance for publication will however be made by the Editor-in-Chief according to the Journal standard.

Selection Criteria of Reviewers

1). Reviewers for a manuscript must have expertise in the relevant field.
2). Reviewers should be at arm’s length from the authors. “Arm’s length” here means “having not worked together, not collaborated in a project, and not co-authored in any publication in the past four (4) years”.
3). If all authors of a manuscript are from the same non-English speaking country, at least one reviewer should be from an English speaking country.
4). Typically one reviewer is from the Editorial Board and another may be from the list provided by author(s) or an internal database.


Reviewers are required to complete the review and submit a review report within four (4) weeks from the date receiving the manuscript. At the end of three weeks, the editor in charge may start sending reminders to the reviewers.

Manuscripts Solicited / Recommended by an Editor

For manuscripts solicited by an editor, he/she may take care of the whole review process described in Steps 1 - 10 above and should notify the IJGE office at Steps 2 and 5 for record. Once the review and revision, if required, are completed, the editor shall send his/her recommendation to the Editor-in-Chief together with the final version of the manuscript and reviewers’ reports.