The procedure for peer reviewing articles published in the scientific journal "Vestnik of the Karaganda University" is as follows:
Manuscripts of scientific articles in the journal are peer reviewed in order to ensure academic quality, as well as the correctness and reliability of the presentation of the results. Peer review maintains a high scientific and theoretical level for publications, and confirms the selection of the most relevant and significant scientific works.
1. All articles should be submitted to the editorial office of the journal “Vestnik of the Karaganda University” so that they may undergo an primary expertise and peer review.
2. The manuscript of a scientific article received by the journal’s editorial board will undergo an initial review process in order to comply with the journal’s profile, editorial requirements, and design rules. At this stage, the article (the entire article file, with all the output data, annotations and keywords in three languages, references, and bio about the authors) will be checked for the presence of borrowed text via “Strikeplagiarism.com” system. In case of inappropriate comments on the subject, design, or originality, the article will be returned to the authors without review, and any authors will receive notification regarding their error.
3. The editors of the journal have adopted international standards for double blind peer review to meet the requirements for objectivity regarding recommendations. Thus, the identity of the reviewers is also not disclosed to the authors or other reviewers (only if the reviewers themselves ask for a name). Reviewers, who are specialists in the relevant field of research, are appointed by the chief editor, from among the leading specialists in the profile of the article. Peer review is done by the double blind peer review method. All reviewers must adhere to the ethical requirements of scientific publications, requiring them to be objective and impartial.
The author may submit a review with his article, while the editors reserve the right to conduct additional reviews. Peer reviewing is carried out confidentially. If the article is rejected by reviewers, a refusal notice will be sent to the authors indicating reasons for rejection. The period for peer reviewing articles will be no longer than three weeks.
4. Peer review indicates the relevance of the article, the reliability of the research results, the degree of their novelty, scientific and practical significance. The main disadvantages, defects of the material (if any) are also indicated. The peer reviewer makes a conclusion about the possibility of publishing the article: accept (including with minor corrections); conditionally accept (with revision and re-review); or reject.
5. If given a positive review, the article will be submitted to a meeting of the editorial board. In the presence of any objections by a peer reviewer, which require revisions to the article, it will be sent to the author for revisions. After receiving the opinion of the peer reviewer, the issue of when to insert the said article for publication will be considered at an editorial board meeting.
In the case of a negative review, the work will be sent for subsequent examination. With two negative reviews, the author is given a reasoned refusal, certified by the Editor-in-Chief. If the second review is positive, the issue of publication after requisite revisions will be discussed at an editorial board meeting.