LiLT follows the guidelines and recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Reviewers should be familiar with the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers before they undertake a review and comply with these guidelines during the review.
Reviewers should consider these points for discussion:
Topic and content:
- Is the topic relevant for the journal?
- Is the content important to the field?
- Is the work original? (If not, please give references)
Introduction / Background:Is the study rationale adequately described?
Objectives:Are the study objectives clearly stated and defined?
Methodology (where applicable):
- To what extent is the study design appropriate and adequate for the objectives?
- If applicable, is the sample size appropriate and adequately justified?
- If applicable, is the sampling technique appropriate and adequately described?
- How well are the methods and instruments of data collection described?
- How well are techniques to minimize bias/errors documented?
- Have the authors included enough information to allow reproduction of results?
- If there are issues related to ethics, are they adequately described? (For human studies, has ethical approval been obtained?)
- If there is data related to individual persons, are they appropriately anonymized?
- Have privacy and permission issues been taken into consideration?
Analysis and results
Discussion and conclusion(s)
- Is the paper clearly written?
- Is the paper presented logically (e.g. correct information in each section, logical flow of arguments)?
- Are there problems with the grammar / spelling / punctuation / language?
These discussion points are modified from the AJOL Recommended Peer-Reviewer Guidelines.