Research Article

Challenges Faced by Arab Peer-Reviewers


  • Reima Al-Jarf Full Professor of English and Translation Studies, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


This study attempted to find out the challenges that Arab peer-reviewers face in reviewing journal articles, the time given for finishing the review, following up the reviewers, the evaluation criteria, decision-making, accepting and rejecting articles, and pressures imposed on the reviewers. Forty Arab peer reviewers responded to a survey with open-ended questions. The responses were sorted out and classified according to 10 categories. The most common problems facing reviewers can be summarized as follows: papers sent for review have linguistic and methodological weaknesses. The evaluation standards/benchmarks vary from one periodical to another and from one institution to another. The reviewers vary in efficiency experience, caliber, and meticulousness. The majority of reviewers are lenient and have an inadequate background in their field. The amount of time taken in the review and publishing process is long. Some journals do not state clearly the reviewing and publishing policies, do not have an evaluation form, do not mention the characteristics and percentage of accepted research articles to authors, reviewers, and the public, the areas of specializations covered by the journal, and have a limited number of specialized and qualified reviewers. Some recommendations for overcoming those challenges are given.

Article information


International Journal of Arts and Humanities Studies

Volume (Issue)

3 (4)





How to Cite

Al-Jarf, R. (2023). Challenges Faced by Arab Peer-Reviewers . International Journal of Arts and Humanities Studies, 3(4), 31–41.



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