Philippine Science Letters
Each manuscript submission is assigned to an Editor-in-Charge (EIC). This Editor is by invitation only due to his extensive background and area of expertise in relation with the manuscript's subject matter. It is assumed that the EIC has no conflict of interest with respect to the subject matter of the paper, nor with the authors or the research funders. The EIC will be facilitating the review process for the assigned submission.
As the EIC, you will have complete responsibility and authority to reject or accept the manuscript. The EIC should be alert to errors and, especially, to fraud and in such cases should recommend outright rejection.
The EIC shall be inviting reviewer, who are experts in the field, by first sending them an invitation with only the title and abstract of the submission. After the acceptance of the reviewers, you may send the full paper to the reviewers.
The paper being reviewed should be treated with strict confidentiality. The reviewers are expected not to have any conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the research funders.
The manner of the review is free form. Reviewers are encouraged to provide comments of any form and can also make use of the sample referee sheet and guidelines provided for Authors, Reviewers, and the Journal's Policy, respectively. Reviewers shall send the comments to you within a three-week period.
After receiving all the reviews, it is your responsibility to collate all comments by the reviewers. You may decide to accept the manuscript and inform the Corresponding Author (CA) if no revisions are needed, request the CA to respond point-by-point if minor revisions are needed, or reject the manuscript and inform the CA with the collated comments if major revisions are needed.
If revisions are needed, the CA should respond in a separate letter indicating how the manuscript was revised (or not) in response to each comment of the reviewers.
After revisions are incorporated, you may decide to reject or accept the manuscript for publication. You may then inform the CA of the final decision.