If you are interested to review for OJIM, please register yourself in the submission system here, and make sure that in your profile information you correctly set your classifications, as many as you are comfortable being a reviewer for. Make sure you also choose "Reviewer" for the "Reviewer Role" option. When an Associate Editor wants to assign a paper to reviewers, s/he can search the reviewer database by expertise, and might select you as a reviewer. Please note that you are not officially a OJIM reviewer for a given calendar year if you haven't submitted any reviews any in that calendar year.

Reviewer Guide

Before you start, we urge you to watch the video "Reviewing an Article", found at the bottom of this page.

When you receive a review request, please first check to make sure you have no conflict of interest. If you do have conflict of interest, please inform the requesting Associate Editor and decline the review. For example, decline the review if the paper is from your own institute, or from an author with whom you work or have worked before (former or current student, supervisor, collaborator, etc.) or an author with whom you have co-published before.

When you review a paper, you can submit two sets of comments:

  1. Remarks for the Associate Editor/Editor (optional, invisible to authors). This section is optional. Please use this to report exceptional situations, such as plagiarism, double submission, conflict of interest, private comments to the editor, etc. Remember that authors will not be able to see these comments.
  2. Remarks for the Author (mandatory, visible to authors). This section is mandatory. Here, please write your review and evaluation about the paper. Please also remember two very important notes:
    1. Never disclose your identity to the authors! Remember that authors can read this section, so don't leave any clues about who you are. Reviews must be blind.
    2. Do not ask authors to cite/compare with your own paper! Not only this might reveal your identity (see above), but it might also give the perception that you want to increase your citation count. It is also implicitly not allowed by IEEE, as per IEEE PSPB Manual section 8.2.2.A.4.

Review Requirements

IEEE PSPB Operations Manual, 8.2.1.B (Responsibilities of Authors) and 8.2.2.A.4 (Review of Articles by Referees), address several critical issues related to the publications and review process.

Specifically, “IEEE requires that referees treat the contents of articles under review as confidential information not to be disclosed to others before publication. It is expected that no one with access to an article under review will make any inappropriate use of the special knowledge that access provides.”

In addition and critically important is the following statement regarding AI-generated review: “Information or content contained in or about a manuscript under review shall not be processed through a public platform (directly or indirectly) for AI generation of text for a review. Doing so is considered a breach of confidentiality because AI systems generally learn from any input.”

  • Reviews must be submitted in English.
  • Please comment on both the presentation and the technical aspects of the work, including novelty, technical soundness, practicality (if applicable), experiments, comparison to related works, etc.
  • Please pay extra attention to the novelty of the paper. Is the contribution novel? This is key for a journal paper. Also, note that the contribution does not necessarily need to be a novel method. OJIM accepts novelty of method, instrument, system, or application. As such, it is perfectly fine to combine existing methods and create a novel system; it's still novel. Please make sure to carefully read our I&M scope requirements.
  • A review should critique the work, not the authors! Reviews should NOT address the authors as "you", but simply as "the authors". In addition, reviews must be objective and mindful, and must avoid emotional, condescending, joking, accusing, attacking, or aggressive language. As per IEEE PSPB Manual section 2.6, "... reviewers should avoid the use of ad hominem and deprecating comments in their review and judgment statements for communications with authors."
  • Reviews should give detailed constructive comments that authors can use to improve their work. Please avoid generalizations and subjective comments. Please be very specific, providing objective and detailed comments.
  • See the following examples: 

    Unacceptable review statement (too general)

    The problem with that statement

    The level of detail we expect at OJIM

    The contribution is not novel.

    It doesn’t say why the contribution is not novel.

    The contribution is not novel because it has already been done in paper [x].

    The experiments are not enough.

    It doesn’t say why they are not enough, and also doesn’t say how much is “enough”.

    The experiments are not enough, because for this type of measurement a minimum population of 1000 samples is needed, see paper [x].

    The experiments are not enough; 100 measurements are too low.

    It doesn’t say why 100 measurements are too low, and also doesn’t say how many are “enough”.

    The experiments are not enough; 100 measurements take less than the minimum 5 seconds of continuous measurement required by standard XYZ.

    The language/presentation should be improved.

    It doesn’t say what is wrong with the current language/presentation.

    The language should be improved. Here are some examples of language problems: (provide list)

    The description of the algorithm is not clear.

    It doesn’t say which part is not clear.

    The description of the algorithm is not clear; in step 5 why are the authors taking the square root of x?

    Experimental analysis is not enough.

    It doesn’t say why it’s not enough.

    Experimental analysis is not enough, because we still don’t know which factor is contributing to the improvement of the system.

    Important references are missing.

    Literature search is incomplete.

    Authors should compare their work to the state of the art.

    What are the missing references?

    Why is literature search incomplete?

    What are those state of the art?

    Authors have not considered the following methods which achieve the same results: (provide a list of references)

  • From a scientific perspective, both authors and reviewers must support their statements. As such, a review should not make statements like “it is a fact that…” or “everyone knows that …” without proof. Instead, it should include citations for those claims.
  • IEEE OJIM policy on papers appearing in preprint repositories, such as in TechRxiv or arXiv:
    • If a paper under review is already in a preprint repository, but has not been published anywhere else, it is an acceptable submission to IEEE OJIM, since such preprint papers are neither peer reviewed nor published in any publication.
    • Please do not ask authors to cite or compare against a paper that appears only in a preprint repository, because such papers are not peer-reviewed publications. If you know of an interesting preprint paper that authors need to look at, you are welcome to tell the authors about it, for their perusal, but make sure you don’t ask for its inclusion in the paper.

Reviewers List in OJIM

An annual list of reviewers is published in each year for the previous year. For example, reviewers who did one or more reviews in 2022 are listed in the OJIM 2022 Reviewer List published in 2023.

This list is archived in IEEE Xplore, similar to a regular paper, and can be used by reviewers as official proof of their review activities for IEEE OJIM.

Please note that OJIM does not issue individual certificates to reviewers.

Reviewing an Article

A Video Tutorial