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Referee Guide for ScholarOne Submissions - IET Research Journals

In partnership with Wiley, the IET have taken the decision to convert all of its hybrid journals from a library/subscriber pays model to an author-pays Open Access model effective from the 2021 volume. All of the IET’s journals, including its existing Open Access journals, have migrated to a new online peer-review management system using ScholarOne which is now open for new submissions.

If you have been invited to review a paper submitted to ScholarOne, please use the ScholarOne Referee Guide on this page.

Any papers that have been submitted to the journal prior to the system migration will continue to run in ReView and reviewers of these submissions should use the Referee Guide for ReView submissions.

If you are uncertain of which Referee Guide to use, please contact [email protected].

In order to ensure a high standard of publication, all papers submitted to IET Research Journals will go through peer review prior to acceptance for publication. The review process ensures papers are original, significant, novel and well presented.

We value the work of our reviewers and recognise that you are very busy and dedicated people. We are always interested to hear from you, especially regarding your views on how we can provide you with the best possible service. To help us do this we encourage you to alert us, either by emailing the relevant journal inbox or editing your account in the manuscript submission and peer review site to the following:

  • changes in your contact details
  • periods of unavailability (e.g. holidays, sabbaticals)
  • if you are no longer able to complete a review after accepting an invitation
  • changes in your research interests


All submissions should be given unbiased consideration regardless of affiliation, race, gender, ethnic origin, or religion of the authors. Your review should be objective; please do not make comments about the paper or authors that could cause offence.

All reviews are single-blind, i.e. although you as a reviewer know who the authors are, your anonymity is strictly preserved. Please do not correspond with or transmit your review directly to the authors. In addition to this if you choose to attach a document to the review form please make sure that any reference to your name is removed. Please use the Comments to Editor field to make any comments that you do not wish the author to see. Any comments made in the Comments to Author field will be transmitted to the author in the decision letter.


Please do not disseminate the research or findings of the papers you review in any way as paper should be treated as confidential.

Review Wiley's policy on the confidentiality of the review process

Conflict of interest

Your review should be objective. Please contact us immediately if:

  • you are in direct competition with the authors
  • you have been or are currently a co-worker or collaborator with any of the authors


Papers submitted to the IET Research Journals must record original work not previously published or under consideration by another journal. Please inform the editorial office if you believe either of these to be true.
The editors are particularly grateful when reviewers draw their attention to papers to which proper reference has not been made to papers that are closely related.
Reviewers who have been sent review papers should judge the papers on their coverage of the subject and that the reference list is comprehensive.
If further references are needed for either of the above reasons please be objective in your suggestions, list only relevant articles that are significant in the research area rather than only listing your own papers. Please be aware that if you have only listed your own papers the Editor-in-Chief will be contacted to confirm the validity of the suggestions, if they are not relevant to the research area the comment will have to be removed from your review and you may be contacted by the editorial office. The IET do not allow reviewers to self-promote their own papers in the review process, this may also reveal the identity of the reviewers which is prohibited in a single-blind review process.

While reviewing the paper if you suspect that the paper is in breach of the IET Policy in Relation to Plagiarism, Infringement of Copyright and Infringement of Moral Rights and Submission to Multiple Publications please contact the editorial office immediately and this will be investigated.


The editors encourage the publication of papers that describe work of high calibre engineering and science. Where a paper has high theoretical or mathematical content, it is essential that its application is specified rather than given in general terms.


Reviewers are asked to consider whether the author presents new material, and whether the work and its significance is clearly presented.

Graphs and other illustrations should be clearly drawn and labelled. Graphs are an effective method of displaying results although too much information in one graph can cause confusion. Tabular information should not duplicate graphical information.

Review Forms

IET Journals use a web-based manuscript submission and peer review site. When you have been invited to review a paper you will receive an email containing of the article and a link for you to respond. Upon acceptance of the invitation you will receive a confirmation email that will contain a link to the review form where you will be able to access the complete version of the paper.

The review form contains a number of questions related to the originality, clarity, references and presentation of the paper. If any of your answers to these questions need further explanation you can write comments in the Comments to Editor and Comments to Author section.

The Overall Rating allows you to give an overall opinion of the paper, and you will also be asked to choose a Recommendation of ‘Accept’, ‘Minor Revision’, ‘Major Revision’* or ‘Reject.’

There is the option to upload files alongside any comments on the review form, please make sure that they are referred to in the comments to author or comments to editor box and successfully uploaded before submitting your paper. If the files are for the authors’ reference please make sure they do not contain your name, this includes the comment boxes on pdfs and any file names.

*'Major revision' is not available on Electronics Letters.

Editor Decision

Once the Editor has received sufficient reviewer reports, they will make one of the following decisions:

  • the paper is accepted
  • the paper is accepted subject to minor revisions being made
  • the paper is accepted subject to major revisions* being made
  • the paper is rejected

If the authors are asked to improve or modify their paper, the editor may return the paper to the original reviewers.

Revised Papers

If you are invited to review a revised paper the authors are required to include a response to the previous round of review and this should be considered in your review.

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