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  • Referee Guidelines

    1.  Volunteer to be a referee

    To maintain the quality of our journals, we are constantly updating and expanding our list of expert referees. If you are willing to referee articles occasionally please register  at our website  http://journals.math.tku.edu.tw .

    2. . General referee guidelines
    Thank you for acting as a referee for our journals. We rely on the expertise of our reviewers and their reports to maintain the quality of our journal. When a manuscript is sent to you for refereeing, you will  be asked to confirm that you are able to report, and whether you are able to do so by the given deadline or if you would like an extension. It is important that you let us know as soon as possible whether or not you will be able to review the article, as we will not usually select an alternative referee until we have heard from you, and this can cause delays in publication.

    Referee reports

    Referees are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript:

    • Is the work original  and correct ?
    • Is methodologically sound ?
    • Follows appropriate ethical guidelines ?
    • Makes significant contribution to the literature ?
    • Has results which are clearly presented and support the conclusions ?
    • Correctly references previous relevant work ?
    • English: In general, you do not need to make corrections to the English in an article. It is, however, helpful if you correct the English where the scientific meaning is unclear. Tamkang Journal of Mathematics production staff will ensure that spelling, punctuation, grammar and format are corrected when the article is accepted for publication.

    How to return your report ?
    Referee reports should be returned to the Publishing Administrator of the journal, preferably via the web ( http://journals.math.tku.edu.tw ,   e-mail or by fax. The relevant contact details   for Tamkang J. Math. can be found on the  journal homepages. We would also strongly encourage those referees who have set up their referee account to report using the web method, as you are then able to keep a record of articles refereed along with any previous reports. The video tutorial for the web method can be found here.
    If you are unable to report on an article, please inform us as soon as possible so that the assessment process is not delayed. In this situation it is very helpful if you are able to recommend an alternative expert or pass the manuscript on to another scientist working in the field.

    Conflict of interest
    Please contact us if you are asked to referee an article in the following instances:

    • you are in direct competition with the authors
    • you are a co-worker or collaborator with one of the authors
    • you are in a position to exploit the authors’ work (commercially or otherwise)
    • you are in a position which prevents you from giving an objective opinion of the work.

    We will then select an alternative referee.

    Referee reports
    Referee reports are sent to the authors. You should bear this in mind when preparing your report.
    The identity of referees is strictly confidential and we ask that you do not transmit your report directly to the authors. We also ask that you do not disclose your identity to the authors or discuss the papers you have reviewed with colleagues unless they have been published.
    General procedure
    Papers
    Papers submitted for publication in Tamkang Journal of Mathematics are generally sent to one referee who is asked to report on the scientific quality and originality of the work as well as its presentation.
    Tamkang Journal of Mathematics is committed to publishing high-quality original papers. Papers which referees deem to be technically sound, but of little interest, are referred to the Editorial Board of the journal for further consideration.
    Revised Papers
    When authors make revisions to their article in response to the referees’ comments they are asked to submit a list of changes and any replies for transmission to the referee. The revised version is usually returned to the original referee who is then asked whether the revisions have been carried out satisfactorily. If the referees remain dissatisfied, the Paper can be referred to the Editorial Board of the journal for further consideration. However, the Board will not usually insist that the authors respond to any new criticisms raised by referees at this stage. You should bear this in mind when refereeing a Paper with a large number of faults. If the faults are too numerous to cover in your report, you should mention this so that the authors can be asked to resubmit their Paper rather than just revise it.