Purpose of Peer Review

Journal of Mining and Environment (JME)

Thank you for the effort and expertise that you contribute to reviewing, without which it would be impossible to maintain the high standards of peer-reviewed journals.

Peer review is a critical element of scholarly publication, and one of the major cornerstones of the scientific process. Peer Review serves two key functions:

  • Acts as a filter: Ensures research is properly verified before being published
  • Improves the quality of the research: Rigorous review by other experts helps to hone key points and correct inadvertent errors

 

On Being Asked To Review for JME

Does the article you are being asked to review truly match your expertise?

The Editor who has approached you may not know your work intimately, and may only be aware of your work in a broader context. Only accept an invitation if you are competent to review the article.

 

Do you have time to review the paper?

Reviewing an article can be quite time consuming. The time taken to review can vary greatly between disciplines and of course on article type, but on average, an article will take about 3-6 hours to review properly. Will you have sufficient time before the deadline stipulated in the invitation to conduct a thorough review? If you cannot conduct the review let the Editor know immediately, and if possible advise the Editor of alternative reviewer(s).

 

Are there any potential conflicts of interest?

A conflict of interest will not necessarily eliminate you from reviewing an article, but full disclosure to the Editor will allow them to make an informed decision. For example; if you work in the same department or institute as one of the authors; if you have worked on a paper previously with an author; or you have a professional or financial connection to the article. These should all be listed when responding to the Editor’s invitation for review.

 

Conducting the Review

Reviewing needs to be conducted confidentially, the article you have been asked to review should not be disclosed to a third party. If you wish to elicit an opinion from colleagues or students regarding the article you should let the Editor know beforehand. Most editors welcome additional comments, but whoever else is involved will also need to keep the review process confidential. Although journal practices vary, most journals do not share the identity of the reviewer with the author. To help us protect your identity, please do not reveal your name within the text of your review.

You should not attempt to contact the author. Be aware when you submit your review that any recommendations you make will contribute to the final decision made by the Editor.

Depending upon the journal, you will be asked to evaluate the article on a number of criteria. Some journals provide detailed guidance others do not, but normally you would be expected to evaluate the article according to the following:

Originality

Is the article sufficiently novel and interesting to warrant publication? Does it add to the canon of knowledge? Does the article adhere to the JME's standards? Is the research question an important one? In order to determine its originality and appropriateness for the JME, it might be helpful to think of the research in terms of what percentile it is in? Is it in the top 25% of papers in this field (Mine environmental geochemistrybiotechnology and related subjects)? You might wish to do a quick literature search using tools such as Scopus and Google Scholar to see if there are any reviews of the area. If the research has been covered previously, pass on references of those works to the Editor.

 

Structure

Is the article clearly laid out? Are all the key elements (where relevant) present: abstract, introduction, methodology, results, conclusions? Consider each element in turn:

  • Title: Does it clearly describe the article?
  • Abstract: Does it reflect the content of the article?
    • Where graphical abstracts and/or highlights are included, please check the content and if possible make suggestions for improvement(s).
    • Introduction: Does it describe what the author hoped to achieve accurately, and clearly state the problem being investigated? Normally, the introduction should summarize relevant research to provide context, and explain what other authors' findings, if any, are being challenged or extended. It should describe the experiment, the hypothesis(es) and the general experimental design or method(s).
    • Method: Does the author accurately explain how the data was collected? Is the design suitable for answering the question posed? Is there sufficient information present for you to replicate the research? Does the article identify the procedures followed? Are these ordered in a meaningful way? If the methods are new, are they explained in detail? Was the sampling appropriate? Have the equipment and materials been adequately described? Does the article make it clear what type of data was recorded; has the author been precise in describing measurements?
    • Results: This is where the author(s) should explain in words what he/she/they discovered in the research. It should be clearly laid out and in a logical sequence. You will need to consider if the appropriate analysis has been conducted. Are the statistics correct? If you are not comfortable with statistics, please advise the Editor when you submit your report. Interpretation of results should not be included in this section.
    • Conclusion/Discussion: Are the claim(s) in this section supported by the results, do they seem reasonable? Have the authors indicated how the results relate to expectations and to earlier research? Does the article support or contradict previous theories? Does the conclusion explain how the research has moved the body of scientific knowledge forward?
    • Language: If an article is poorly written due to grammatical errors, while it may make it more difficult to understand the science, you do not need to correct the English. You should bring this to the attention of the Editor, however.
    • Finally, on balance, when considering the whole article, do the figures and tables inform the reader, are they an important part of the story? Do the figures describe the data accurately? Are they consistent, e.g. bars in charts are the same width, the scales on the axis are logical.


Previous Research

If the article builds upon previous research does it reference that work appropriately? Are there any important works that have been omitted? Are the references accurate?

Ethical Issues

  • Plagiarism: If you suspect that an article is a substantial copy of another work, please let the Editor know, immediately, citing the previous work in as much detail as possible.
  • Fraud: It is very difficult to detect the determined fraudster, but if you suspect the results in an article to be untrue, discuss it with the Editor
  • Other ethical concerns: For medical research, has confidentiality been maintained? Has there been a violation of the accepted norms in the ethical treatment of animal or human subjects? If so, then these should also be identified to the Editor

 

Communicating Your Report to the Editor

Once you have completed your evaluation of the article the next step is to write up your report. As a courtesy, let the Editor know if it looks like you might miss your deadline.

Some journals may request that you complete a form, checking various aspects of the paper, others will request an overview of your remarks. Either way, it is helpful to provide a quick summary of the article at the beginning of your report. This serves the dual purpose of reminding the Editor of the details of the report and also reassuring the Author(s) and Editor that you have understood the article.

The report should contain the key elements of your review, addressing the points outlined in the preceding section. Commentary should be courteous and constructive, and should not include any personal remarks or personal details including your name.

Providing insight into any deficiencies is important. You should explain and support your judgment so that both Editor and Author(s) are able to fully understand the reasoning behind your comments. You should indicate whether your comments are your own opinion or are reflected by the data.

When you make a recommendation regarding an article, it is worth considering the categories the Editor most likely uses for classifying the article.

a)       Reject (explain reason in report)

b)       Accept (without revision)

c)        Revise (either major or minor)

d)       Last, clearly identify what revision is required, and indicate to the Editor whether or not you would be happy to review the revised article.

Reviewer Name Specialty Affiliation
Hadi Abdollahi Mineral Processing School of Mining Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran 1439957131, Iran
Mahmood Abdollahi Mineral Processing Tarbiat Modares University
Arezoo Abedi Environment, Geology Shahrood university
Maysam Abedi Exploration University of Tehran
Peyman Afzal Geochemistry South Tehran Branch, Azad University
Peyman Afzal غیر فعال Geochemistry South Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University
Peyman Afzal, غیر فعال Geochemistry University of Exeter
Azadeh Agah Environment Mining department, engineering Faculty, Sistan and Baluchestan University, Zahedan, Iran
Hamid Aghababaie Exploitation Sahand University of Technology
Hamid Aghajani Gravimetry Shahrood University of Technology
Abbas Aghajani Bazzazi Exploitation University of Kashan
MohammadAli Aghighi Petroleum University of Tehran
Ali Ahmadi Mineral Processing Isfahan University of Technology
Morteza Ahmadi Rock Mechanics Tarbiat modares university
Kamal Alamdar Electromagnetism Yazd University
Imiaz Ali Mineral Processing UET, Peshawar
Muhammad Ali Mine Economy Department of Mining Engineering, Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences, Quetta, Pakistan.
Abdolhamid Ansari Gravimetry Yazd University
Alireza Arab Amiri Electromagnetism Shahrood University of Technology
Ahmad Ariafar Environment University of Birjand
Ahmad Aryafar, غیر فعال University of Birjand
Omid Asghari Exploration University of Tehran
Soheila Aslani Geology University of Tehran
Mojtaba Asoodeh University
Majid Ataee-pour Exploitation Amirkabir University of Technology
Mohammad Ataei Exploitation Shahrood University of Technology
Mohammad Ataei, غیر فعال Exploitation Shahrood University of Technology
Asghar Azizi Mineral Processing Shahrood University of Technology
Haleh Azizi Seismology Research and Education branch of Azad University, Tehran
Nima Babanouri Rock Mechanics Department of Mining Engineering, Hamedan University of Technology, Hamedan, Iran
Rahim Bagheri Geology Shahrood University of Technology
Rahim Bagheri Geology Shahrood University of Technology
Mojtaba Bahaaddini Rock Mechanics Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman
Mohammad Reza Bakhtiari Seismology Amir Kabir University of Technolog
Sunday Bako Environment Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
Amir H. Bangian Tabrizi Environment Department of petroleum and mining engineering, South Tehran branch, Islamic Azad university, Tehran, Iran
Samad Banisi Mineral Processing Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman
Abbas Barabadi Exploitation University of Tromsoe
kianoush barani Mineral Processing Lorestan University
Farnoosh Basaligheh Rock Mechanics Shahrood University of Technology
Mohammad Hossein Basiri Exploitation Tarbiat Modares University
Dejan Bogdanovic Mine Economy University of Belgrade
Behnaz Dahrazma Environment Shahrood University of Technology
Bahram Daneshfar Geochemistry University of Ottawa
Ali Akbar Daya Exploration University of Sistan and Baluchestan
Ali Dehghani Mineral Processing Yazd University
Hesam Dehghani Exploitation Hamedan University of Technology
Nuray Demi Exploitation Department of Mining Engineering Middle East Technical University Ankara
Roussos Dimitrakopoulos Exploitation McGill University
Faramarz Doulati Ardejani Environment University of Tehran
Mohammad Ali Ebrahimi Farsangi Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman
Vahid Ebrahim Zadeh Ardestani Gravimetry Institute of Geophysics, University of Tehran
Ali Entezari Zarandi Mineral Processing Département de génie chimique, Université Laval
Abbas Fanaei Electromagnetism Birjand University Of Technology
Abbas Fanaei Electromagnetism Birjand University of Technology
Akbar Farzanegan Mineral Processing University of Tehran
Mohammad Fatehi Marji Rock Mechanics Yazd University
Mohammad Fatehi Marji Rock Mechanics Associate professor of Mining and Metallurgical engineering department of Yazd University
Mohammad Fatehi Marji, غیر فعال Rock Mechanics Yazd University
Hadi Fattahi Rock Mechanics Arak University of Technology
Behnam Ferdosi Rock Mechanics Curtin University
Kostas Fytas Exploitation Laval University
Mehdi Gharabaghi Mineral Processing University of Tehran
Ebrahim Ghasemi Exploitation Isfahan University of Technology
Ebrahim Ghasemi Rock Mechanics Faculty of Mining Eng., Esfahan University of Technology, Iran
Habib Ghasemi Geology Shahrood University of Technology
Seyed Reza Ghavami-Riabi Geochemistry Shahrood University of Technology
Abdolhadi Ghazvinian Rock Mechanics Tarbiat modares university
Behzad Ghodrati Exploitation Division of Operation and Maintenance Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Raoof Gholami Seismology Curtin University
Raoof Gholami Seismology Curtin University
Javad Gholamnejad Exploitation Yazd University
Javad Gholamnejad Exploitation Yazd University
Javad Gholamnejad Exploitation Yazd University
Ahmad Ghorbani Geophysics Yazd University
Ghasem Ghorbani Geology Damghan University
Kamran Goshtasbi Rock Mechanics Tarbiat Modares University
Alireza Goudarzi Seismology Graduate University of Advanced Technology, Kerman
Fathi Habashi Mineral Processing Laval University,
Mohammad Habibi Environment Univerity of Isfahan
Hadi Haeri Rock Mechanics Sharif University of Technology
Mohsen Hajihassani Exploitation Urmia University
Behrooz Hassani Rock Mechanics Ferdowsi University of Mashhad
Hossein Hassani Exploration Mining and Metallurgy department, Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT), Tehran, Iran
Hamid Hassanpour Shahrood University of Technology
Jafar Hassanpour Rock Mechanics University of Tehran
Mohsen Hemmati Chegeni Mineral Processing Arak University of Technology
Moones Honarmand
Seyed Hadi Hoseinie Exploitation Luleå University of Technology
Mehdi Hosseini Rock Mechanics Imam khomeini International university
Mehdi Hosseini Imam Khomeini international university
Mohammad Farogh Hosseini Rock Mechanics University of Tehran
Seyed Hadi Hosseini, غیر فعال Exploitation Isfahan University of Technology
Hossein Inanloo Arabi Shad Faculty of Mining, Petroleum and Geophysics, Shahrood University of Technology, Shahrood, Iran,
Mohammad Jahani Chegeni Mineral Processing Shahrood University of Technology
mohammad jalali Environment Former researcher of Geostatistics and natural hazars, CODES,university of Tasmania
Hossein Jalalifar Rock Mechanics Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman.
Hossein Jalalifar غیرفعال Rock Mechanics Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman
Hemayat Jamali Geochemistry Department of Geology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran
Ahmad Jamshidi Zanjani Environment Tarbiat Modares University
Morteza Javadi Rock Mechanics Shahrood University of Technology
Sepideh Javanshir Mineral Processing University of birjand
Izhar Mithal Jiskani Environment, Mine Economy School of Mines, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, China.
Behshad Jodeiri Shokri Geophysics Hamedan University of Technology
Seyed Esmaeil Jorjani Mineral Processing University of
Golnaz Jozanikohan Exploration University of Tehran, Mineral Exploration Engineering
ali kadkhodaie Geology Tabriz university
Ali Kadkhodaie Petroleum University of Tabriz
Roohollah Kalatehjari Rock Mechanics Built Environment Engineering Department School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences Auckland University of Technology
Abolghasem Kamkar Rouhani Electromagnetism Shahrood University of technology
Mohammad Karamoozian Mineral Processing Shahrood University of Technology
Mohammad Karamoozian, غیر فعال Mineral Processing Shahrood University of Technology
Homayoon Katibeh Environment Amirkabir University of Technology
Jafar Khademi Hamidi Exploitation Tarbiat Modares University
Reza Khaloo Kakaie Exploitation Shahrood University of Technology
bushra khan Mineral Processing CUMT, china
Naseer Khan Rock Mechanics Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences, Quetta.
Ahmad Khodadadi Darban Mineral Processing Tarbiat Modares University
Ali Asghar Khodaiari Exploitation University of Tehran
Hamid Khoshdast Mineral Processing Mining Engineering Department, Higher Education Complex of Zarand
Mohammad Hossein Khosravi Rock Mechanics School of Mining Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Vahid Khosravi Environment Department of Mining, Faculty of Engineering, University of Birjand, Birjand, Iran
Ece Kilinc Aksay Mineral Processing Mining Technology Program, Torbali Vocational School, Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey
Mohammad Koneshloo Exploration University of Wyoming, Laramie, USA
Mohammad Koneshloo Exploration University of Wyoming, Laramie, USA
Natalia Larina Geochemistry Department of Organic and Ecological Chemistry
Jorge Loredo Environment University of Oviedo
Nasser Madani Exploration Nazarbayev University Kazakhstan
Abbas Maghsoudi GIS Faculty of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
Bijan Maleki Exploitation Imam Khomeini International University
Pedram MASOUDI Exploration Geovariances
Reza Mikaeil Exploitation Urmia University of Technology
Mahmood Mirzaei Gravimetry Arak University
Hossein Mirzaei Nasir Abad Rock Mechanics Sahand University of Technology
Ali Mirzaghorbanali School of Civil Engineering & Surveying, Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences, University of Southern Queensland| Queensland, 4350, Australia
Sadjad Mohammadi Exploitation Shahrood University of Technology
Ahmad Reza Mokhtari Geochemistry Isfahan University of Technology
Mojtaba Mokhtarian Asl Urmia University of Technology
Masoud Monjezi Tarbiat Modares University
Masoud Monjezi غیرفعال Exploitation Tarbiat Modares University
Hassan Moomivand Rock Mechanics Associate Professor of Mining Engineering
Mehdi Moosavi Rock Mechanics University of Tehran
Seyed Hani Motavalli Anbaran Gravimetry University of Tehran
Mehdi Najafi Exploitation Yazd University
mehdi Nasiri
Vidal Navarro Torres Lisbon University
sajjad negahban Petroleum faculty of mining, petroleum and geophysics engineering, shahrood university of technology
Hamid Reza Nejati Rock Mechanics Mining Engineering Departmen, Tarbiat Modares University
Ali Nejati Kalateh Electromagnetism Shahrood University of Technology
Madjid Nikkhah Rock Mechanics Shahrood University of Technology
Mohammad Noaparast Mineral Processing University of Tehran
Hossein Noferesty
Reza Noori University
Mehdi Noroozi Rock Mechanics Shahrood University of Technology
Morteza Osanloo Exploitation Amirkabir University of Technology
Behrooz Oskooi Electromagnetism University of Tehran
Umit Özer Exploitation Department of Mining Engineering, Istanbul University - Cerrahpasa, İstanbul, Turkey
Mohammad Parsasadr Geochemistry Tehran-Iran
Kaveh Pazand Exploration Islamic Azad University
Iradj Piruz Seismology Shahrood University of Technology
Afshin Qishlaqi Geology Shahrood University of Technology
Ramin Rafiee Exploitation Shahrood University of Technology
Mohammad Javad Rahimdel Department of Mining Engineering, University of Birjand
Mehdi Rahmanpour Exploitation School of Mining, College of Engineering, University of Tehran
Ahmad Ramezanzadeh Rock Mechanics Shahrood University of Technology
Farshad Rashidi Nejad Environment University of New South Wales
Farshad Rashidi Nejad Environment University of New South Wales
Vamegh Rasouli Petroleum Curtin University
Mohammad Rezaei Rock Mechanics Department of Mining Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Kurdistan, Sanandaj, Iran
Mehdi Rezaei Kahkhaei Geology Shahroud University of Technology
Reza Rooki Exploration Birjand University of Technology
Amin Roshandel Kahoo Seismology Shahrood University of Technology
Christos Roumpos Environment, Mine Economy Head of Mining Engineering Unit, Public Power Corporation of Greece, Former Assistant Professor at Technical University of Crete, School of Mineral Resources Engineering
Mohammad Parsa Sadr Department of Mining and Metallurgy Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology
Omid Saeidi Exploitation Oil Company
Amir Saffari Exploitation Shahrood University of Technology
vahab sarfarazi Rock Mechanics Hamedan university of technology, mining engineering department
Ahmad Reza Sayadi Mine Economy Tarbiat Modares University
Kumars Seifpanahi Shabani Environment Shahrood University of Technology
Farhang Sereshki Exploitation Shahrood University of Technology
Farhang Sereshki, غیر فعال Exploitation Shahrood University of Technology
Seyed Zia Aldin Shafaei Mineral Processing Univrsity of Tehran
Ziaeddin Shafaei, غیر فعال Mineral Processing University of Tehran
Agabu Shane Environment, Exploitation School of Mining, Copperbelt, University
Mostafa Sharifzadeh Rock Mechanics Amirkabir university of technology
Vahideh Shojaei Mineral Processing Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman
Robert Siaw Environment Gold Fields Ghana Limited
Mehrdad Soleimani Seismology Shahrood University of Technology
Saeed Soltani Mohammad Exploitation University of Kashan
Farzad Sotoudeh Faculty of Mining, Petroleum and Geophysics, Shahrood University of Technology, Shahrood, Iran
somayeh tabasi Assistant professor, Sistan and Baluchestan University, Zahedan, Iran
Mohammad Reza Tavakoli Mineral Processing Jahad e Daneshgai - Tarbiat Modares University
Behzad Tokhmechi Exploration Faculty of Mining, Petroleum & Geophysics Engineering, Shahrood University of Technology, Shahrood, Iran
Behzad Tokhmechi (غیرفعال) Petroleum Shahrood University of Technology
Behzad Tokhmechi (غیرفعال) Exploration Faculty of Mining, Petroleum and Geophysics, Shahrood University of Technology, Shahrood, Iran
Erkan Topal Exploitation Curtin University
Seyed Rahman Torabi Rock Mechanics Shahrood University of Technology
Bahtiyar Ünver Rock Mechanics Mining Engineering, Hacettepe University, Beytepe 06800 Ankara Turkey
Saffet Yagiz Rock Mechanics Nazarbayev University
Saeed Yousefi Environment University of Birjand
Mahyar Yusefi Geochemistry University
Masoud Zare Rock Mechanics University of Nevada, Reno
Shokroallah Zare Rock Mechanics Shahrood University of Technology
Masoud Zare Naghadehi Exploitation University of Nevada, Reno
Shokroallah Zare, غیر فعال Rock Mechanics Shahrood University of Technology
Mansur Ziaii Exploration, Geochemistry Faculty of Mining, Petroleum and Geophysics, Shahrood University of Technology, Shahrood, Iran
Mansour Ziaii غیرفعال Geochemistry Shahrood University of Technology
Sedigheh Zirjani Zadeh Geology University of Gonabad, geology and mine, Khorasan-razavi, Iran