Review Guide

About our Journal

SBV Journal of Basic, Clinical and Applied Health Science, (JBCAHS) is a biomedical open access journal published quarterly. It publishes reviews, original research papers, short communications, research correspondence/letters to the editor, Opinion/Hypothesis/Viewpoint, interesting images, emerging techniques, case reports and book reviews drawn from basic sciences, medical, dental and nursing specialities including allied health sciences. It also welcomes articles pertaining to translational research.

What is peer review?

Peer review enhances the quality of articles published in JBCAHS. Experts in the field are invited by our Editorial office to assess the quality, validity and novelty of the submitted manuscripts. The reviewer’s assessment helps the Editor to take a decision to accept or reject the manuscript. The peer review help authors to improve their work.

We follow a double-blind review system i.e.,  both the reviewer and author identities are kept anonymous

Your willingness to be a peer reviewer helps us to publish quality and reliable research papers in our journal and also support the fellow researchers, while you are keeping abreast of advances in their field. If you would like to be a reviewer, please contact us directly (, including information on your areas of expertise. Alternatively, you may create an account on our journal website ( including relevant keywords representing your areas of expertise.

Peer review process

Performing a review

Kindly consider the following points before accepting an invitation to review an article:

  • Does the review timeline suit your schedule? If not, kindly suggest alternative reviewers 
  • Is the topic within your field(s) of expertise?
  • You should be comfortable assessing the article for novelty, scientific accuracy and importance
  • We recommend that you read the journal’s Aims and Scope and access our Author Guidelines for further information on article types and their criteria.

Questionnaire and Detailed comments

After evaluation of the manuscript, you will be requested to fill the following Questionnaire

Does the title aptly represent manuscript’s contents?




Does the manuscript contain original information to justify publication?




Does the Abstract clearly and accurately describe the content of the article?




Have the background information and the limitations/lacunae been clearly and concisely stated in the Introduction?




Whether the Methodology has been described adequately?




Whether statistical methods are adequately described?




Are the interpretations and conclusion justified by the results?




Are the references adequately cited in the text and written as per the journal format?




Whether the Tables and Figures are adequate? Are they self-explanatory?




Is the language acceptable?




The overall score for the article, between 1 (Lowest) – 10 (Highest)

Besides the questionnaire, you are also requested to submit more detailed comments for the Editor and Author.

Kindly bear the following in mind:

  • DO number your comments, to help the authors when they return their responses
  • DO justify your responses to the earlier questionnaire, giving examples from the text. Vague comments are more difficult for the Editor to interpret, and for authors to address appropriately. This applies whether you are recommending acceptance, rejection or revision of the article
  • DO provide suggestions for further references where appropriate
  • DO raise any ethical concerns with the Editor only
  • DON’T share the article with any colleagues; this is a breach of publication ethics


Editorial Office:
SBV Journal of Basic Clinical and Applied Health Science,
Central Interdisciplinary Research Facility,
Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, SBV Campus,
Pillaiyarkuppam, Pondicherry – 607402.

Website:, Email:

Contacting the Editor

During the process of reviewing, if you are unable you to meet the deadline or have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. (

It is particularly important if you have been invited to perform an expedited review, that you inform the editorial team immediately if you are unable to meet the specified deadline by replying to the invitation email. 

Further review

If the revisions requested by reviewers after the first round of review are particularly extensive, the Editor may decide to send the revised manuscript for further review when it is re-submitted by the authors. If so, you will be given the opportunity to accept or decline this invitation. You may also indicate during your initial review whether you would be willing to review subsequent versions of the paper.

When conducting further review, the comments do not need to be as detailed as the first time you reviewed the article; however, you will be asked to assess whether the author has addressed your previous critiques sufficiently. Of course, any additional comments at this stage are appreciated.