The Evolving Scholar Publishing process
The Evolving Scholar Publishing process is part of Open TU Delft Publishing. Orvium is the central platform that we use to facilitate the editorial process of the conference proceedings.
In Orvium, go to the ARCH22 community page and submit your short or full conference paper!
All submitted papers are in the review process, but the draft version (pre-print) is open access on the Orvium platform as soon as the final version is submitted. The final paper we refer to as the pre-print version.
These papers can be sorted by tracks, title of the paper, or names of the authors, etc.
- You can decide yourself whether you submit a short or full conference paper
- You can also decide to submit a poster instead. A poster will not be peer reviewed. You can upload your poster at a later time.
- Posters and abstracts will be made available from the conference website.
We will send you an invitation from the Orvium platform to act as a reviewer for one of the papers in the session. The session chair is invited to review multiple papers.
If you accept the invitation , then you can access the selected paper from the Orvium platform.
At [my reviews] you can then create a review.
We have asked all reviewers to upload a word document as we prefer to use the review option in word to suggest any changes.
So there is both the possibility to summarize and have general remarks as well as specific remarks per section.
Here, you can also upload the review as a word document and clarify in the Word document itself by using the comments function in the tab Review in Word.
How to do a review
We slightly adapted the Wiley guidelines https://authorservices.wiley.com/Reviewers/journal-reviewers/how-to-perform-a-peer-review/step-by-step-guide-to-reviewing-a-manuscript.html that one can use to make a review report that can be inserted at General comments.
In the Word version it would be helpful to make comments whenever things are really nice or if things are unclear.
How to Structure Your Report
You can follow an informal report format and you could structure your report in three sections: summary, major issues, minor issues. Make specific comments in the word document using Review.
- Give positive feedback first. Authors are more likely to read your review if you do so. But don’t overdo it if you will be recommending rejection
- Briefly summarize what the paper is about and what the findings are
- Try to put the findings of the paper into the context of the existing literature and current knowledge
- Indicate the significance of the work and if it is novel or mainly confirmatory
- Indicate the work’s strengths, its quality and completeness
- State any major flaws or weaknesses and note any special considerations. For example, if previously held theories are being overlooked
- Are there any major flaws? State what they are and what the severity of their impact is on the paper
- Has similar work already been published without the authors acknowledging this?
- Are the authors presenting findings that challenge current thinking? Is the evidence they present strong enough to prove their case? Have they cited all the relevant work that would contradict their thinking and addressed it appropriately?
- If major revisions are required, try to indicate clearly what they are
- Are there any major presentational problems? Are figures & tables, language and manuscript structure all clear enough for you to accurately assess the work?
- Are there any ethical issues? If you are unsure it may be better to disclose these in the confidential comments section
- Are there places where meaning is ambiguous? How can this be corrected?
- Are the correct references cited? If not, which should be cited instead/also? Are citations excessive, limited, or biased?
- Are there any factual, numerical or unit errors? If so, what are they?
- Are all tables and figures appropriate, sufficient, and correctly labelled? If not, say which are not
On Presentation and Style
Your review should ultimately help the author improve their article. So be polite, honest and clear. You should also try to be objective and constructive, not subjective and destructive.
You should also:
- Write clearly and so you can be understood by people whose first language is not English
- Avoid complex or unusual words, especially ones that would even confuse native speakers
- Treat the author’s work the way you would like your own to be treated