Peer Review at Hindawi

All Hindawi journals are fully peer-reviewed. We only publish articles that have been reviewed and approved by highly qualified researchers with expertise in a field appropriate for the article.

Hindawi's Peer Review Process

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Every journal that we publish has an Editorial Board comprising qualified academics from institutions around the globe. You can find out who sits on the Editorial Board of a journal by visiting the ‘Editorial Board’ page, linked from each journal’s page on Hindawi.com. A member of the board will be appointed as Handling Editor for your manuscript. This selection is based on the Editors’ availability and suitability. Conflicts of interest are taken into consideration when making a selection. An appointed Editor may decide not to review a manuscript

Upon receiving a manuscript, the Editor has the option to reject it outright. This may happen if it is not a good fit for the journal (for help on selecting the right journal, see our page ‘selecting the right journal for your research’) or of insufficient quality. Providing the Editor is satisfied, they will initiate the peer review process.

The Editor appoints a number of external reviewers. Hindawi has developed software that helps them to identify suitable reviewers. They are also free to nominate reviewers from contacts within their field. The editor cannot also act as a reviewer. To encourage honest and constructive feedback the identities of the reviewers are not known to the author(s).

Providing they accept the request to review, the reviewers will read and assess the manuscript. They will then make one of the following recommendations:

Using the submitted reviews, the Editor is then able to make a final recommendation on the manuscript. A manuscript must be rejected when the majority of the reviewers recommend doing so.

Based on the recommendation made by the reviewers, further steps may be necessary:

Providing a manuscript is accepted for publication, it will be listed in the ‘Articles in Press’ section of the journal’s page on Hindawi.com.


Hindawi operates a ‘single blind’ approach to peer review; reviewers know the authors’ names, but the authors are not told the reviewers’ names. Each Hindawi journal has an acknowledgment page for researchers who performed the peer review process for one or more journal manuscript in the past year. Without the significant contributions of these researchers, the publication of the journal would not be possible.