Thank you for agreeing to review a manuscript for the Journal of Iranian Cultural Research (JICR). We hope you will find the following guidelines helpful as you prepare timely and informative reviews for manuscripts submitted to JICR.

Peer review, also known as refereeing, is a collaborative process that allows manuscripts submitted to a journal to be evaluated and commented upon by independent experts within the same field of research. The evaluation and critique generated from peer review allows the editor to assess the paper’s suitability for publication in the journal. Reviewers’ comments are invaluable to author(s) as their suggestions will help improve their submission. Reviewers will highlight serious flaws in submissions that will impede publication, or whether there are additional trials or data available which support author conclusions. Should a manuscript be rejected, the comments supplied will enable the authors to improve their research. The peer-review process does receive much criticism and is not without its limitations; however, it remains a widely recognized standard in terms of journal quality.

We trust you to be prompt, fair, respectful of the rights of the authors, respectful of our obligations to the readership, and to evaluate the manuscript carefully and in depth. At the same time, on behalf of the JICR membership, we are very grateful for the time and effort you invest in the review process.



Timing: If you are reviewing a manuscript, please aim to complete your review within 14 days. If you need more time or are unable to perform the review, please notify us immediately so that we can assign alternate reviewers if necessary.

Confidentiality: Any manuscript sent for peer review is a confidential document and remains so until it is published. Please do not show it to anyone or discuss it, except to solicit assistance with a technical point. If you feel a colleague is more qualified than you to review the paper, do not pass the manuscript on to that person without first requesting permission to do so. As reviewers’ identity is never disclosed to the Authors, make sure your comments are anonymous and you may not be identified from your observations.

Plagiarism: if you suspect that an article is a substantial copy of another work, please let the Editor know, citing the previous work in as much detail as possible.

Fraud: it can be very difficult to detect fraud, but if you suspect the results of any works to be untrue, please discuss your concerns directly with the Editor.

Conflicts of Interest: If you feel you might have difficulty writing an objective review, please return the paper immediately, unreviewed. If your previous or present connection with the author(s) or an author's institution might be construed as creating a conflict of interest, but no actual conflict exists, please discuss this issue in your confidential comments to the editor. If in doubt, feel free to contact the Subject-matter Editor who requested your review.

Fairness and objectivity: If the research reported in this paper is flawed, criticize the science, not the scientist. Harsh words in a review will cause the reader to doubt your objectivity; as a result, your criticisms will be rejected, even if they are correct! Comments directed to the author should convince the author that (1) you have read the entire paper carefully, (2) your criticisms are objective and correct, are not merely differences of opinion, and are intended to help the author improve his or her paper, and (3) you are qualified to provide an expert opinion about the research reported in this paper. If you fail to win the author's respect and appreciation, much of your effort will have been wasted.



Please provide a statement to identify the major contributions of the paper. What are its major strengths and weaknesses and its suitability for publication?

Support your general comments, positive or negative, with specific evidence. Remember that a review lacking substance will generally have less impact than a review that is well-reasoned and rich in content. If you intend to provide a marked up copy of your manuscript as part of your review, you can do so by uploading the file to the review form. However, we prefer to have these marked-up files in PDF format rather than Word to ensure that the comments and annotations can be easily forwarded to the author. Please remember to anonymize your comments. Comment on any of the following key points that significantly affected your judgment of the paper:

1. Presentation checklist

  • Title: Is the title adequate for the content, informative, concise and clear?
  • Abstract: Is it comprehensive by itself? Is the important and essential information of the article included?
  • References: Are appropriate and adequate references to related works covered sufficiently in the list? Full papers typically have approximately 30 or more references.
  • Structure and length: Is the overall structure of the article well organized and well balanced? Is the article written in the minimum length necessary for all relevant information?
  • Logic: Is the article written clearly and correctly? Does it have logical consistency?
  • Figures and tables: Are they essential and clearly presented?
  • English Abstract: Is the English language used in the article readable and good enough to convey scientific meaning correctly?

2. Scientific quality rating

  • Completeness of presentation: Is the presentation complete for a scientific article? Please rate the article by considering the evaluation given in 1.
  • Novelty and originality: Is the article novel and original? Does the article contain material that is new or significantly adds to knowledge already published?
  • Importance and impact: Do the presented results have significant importance and impact to the advancement in the respective field of research? Is this article likely to be cited in the future?
  • Theory: Does the submission contain a well-developed and articulated theoretical framework? Are the core concepts of the submission clearly defined? Is the logic behind the hypotheses persuasive? Is extant literature appropriately reflected in the submission, or are critical references missing? Do the hypotheses or propositions logically flow from the theory?
  • Method: Are the sample and variables appropriate for the hypotheses? Is the data collection method consistent with the analytical technique(s) applied? Does the study have internal and external validity? Are the analytical techniques appropriate for the theory and research questions and were they applied appropriately.
  • Errors: Is there any errors in technique, fact, calculation and interpretation?
  • 13. Overlap: Does this paper report data or conclusions already published or in press? If so, please provide details.
  • 14. Scientific misconduct 

3. Overall rating and recommendation

  • Summary of reviewer’s ratings: The result of reviewer’s rating is summarized.
  • Recommendation: Provide recommendation if it is needed.


Once you’ve read the paper and have assessed its quality, you need to make a recommendation to the editor regarding publication. The specific decision types used by a journal may vary but the key decisions are:

  • Accept – if the paper is suitable for publication in its current form.
  • Minor revision – if the paper will be ready for publication after light revisions. Please list the revisions you would recommend the author makes.
  • Major revision – if the paper would benefit from substantial changes such as expanded data analysis, widening of the literature review, or rewriting sections of the text.
  • Reject – if the paper is not suitable for publication with this journal or if the revisions that would need to be undertaken are too fundamental for the submission to continue being considered in its current form.

Reviewer’s remarks to the authors

Please provide comments and suggestions constructive and useful for the authors to improve the scientific quality and presentation of the article. If you are submitting a reviewer’s report to reject the article, you are asked to provide the reasons for rejection. Those comments are sent to the authors.

In order to make the time between manuscript submission and publication as short as possible, the reviewer is expected to make an effort to minimize the number of manuscript turnarounds between the authors and the reviewer. In preparing the reviewer’s report, it is recommended to point out all the critical issues involved in the article in the first round of the review process rather than adding new criticisms in the subsequent reviewing rounds.

Reviewer’s confidential remarks to the editor

Those comments are sent for the editor responsible to the review of the article, not to the authors. So any potential scientific misconducts, conflict of interest, etc can be mentioned here.

  • If you recommend “publish, please concisely describe the background and novelty/importance of the present research to merit its publication in the journal.
  • If you recommend “reject,” please briefly provide the reasons.

Other comments: Please provide additional information, if any, in relation with the evaluation of the article.


When authors make revisions to their article in response to reviewer comments, they are asked to submit a list of changes and any comments for transmission to the reviewers. The revised version is usually returned to the original reviewer if possible, who is then asked to affirm whether the revisions have been carried out satisfactorily.


Reviewer Name Specialty Affiliation
S. Ahamad Firouzabadi Sociology, Sociology of Development University of Tehran
majid fouladiyan Theoretical and Cultural Sociology souit 312. AmirAbad. tehran
Leila Falahati
N. Fazeli anthropology, Social Sciences and Communications University
Mohammad Fazeli Sociology Mazandaran University
Mohammad Mahdi Faturehchi Communication- Cyberspace University of Tehran
S. Fereidouni Management and Educational Planning Institute for Research and Planning in Higher Education
M. Farasatkhah Higher Education, Higher Education, Planning the development of higher education Institute
Zahra Farzizadeh Sociology of Development University of Tehran
najmeh keikha Political Science Member of the faculty of Shahid Beheshti University
Elaheh Koolaee Women Studies Faculty member
Mohammadreza Kolahi Sociology Academic Staff/ Institute for Research in Culture and Art
Mohammad Amin Kanani Sociology Faculty member / University of Guilan
Afsane Kamran Art and Aestetics Assistant Professor of Multimedia Arts, Kharazmi University
Abbas Kazemi Sociology Institute for Social and Cultural Studies
Abdollah Karimzadeh Literature and Iranian Culture Institute for Cultural,Social and civilization Studies
Jalil Karimi Sociology, Theoretical and Cultural Sociology Sociology, Social Sciences Faculty, Razi University, Kermanshah
Elahe Karimi Riabi Russian Studies Russian studies, World studies, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Khadijeh Keshavarz Sociology, Women Studies Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Women's Studies, Institute of Cultural and Social Studies, ‎Tehran, Iran‎
Abdollah Givian Communication University of IRIB
mohammad reza Pouyafar Sociology of Religion and Culture
Nahid Poorrostami Japanese Studies Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran
Siyavash Gholipour Sociology PhD in sociology and faculty member of Razi university
ali ghanbari Sociology poroffistion
Mohammad Reza Ghane Knowledge and Information Research Department of Evaluation and Collection Development, Regional Information Center for Science and Technology
Hamid Reza Ghorbani Archeology Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Art, University of Birjand, Birjand, Iran
jamshid noroozi History, History, Geography & Archeology Associate Professor, Department of History, Payam-e Noor University.
Reza norouzzadeh Educational Sciences, Psychology, Behavioral Sciences and Physical Education Ministry of Science, Research & Technology
Younes Nourbakhsh Sociology, Sociology of Religion and Culture Tehran- Kargare shomali- Faculty of Social Sciences
Asadolah Naghdi Sociology Hamedan-Bualisina scince faculty
Maryam Nakhoda Knowledge and Information University of Tehran
Ahmad Naderi Department of Anthropology, University of Tehran
Seyed Abdolamir Nabavi Political Science Regional Studies Department. University of Tehran
Seyyed Mahmoud Nejati Hosseini Theoretical and Cultural Sociology Researcher in Sociology, Institute for Social and Cultural Studies.
Emilia Nercissians Anthropology, Social Sciences and Communications Dept. of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Hamed Nasiri Management Ph.D student of ATU
Mohammad Sadegh Nasrollahi Intercultural Communications, Sociology of Communication Imam Sadegh University
Rouhollah Nosrati Anthropology, Social Sciences and Communications Anthropology, Social sciences. Tehran university
Seyyed zia Hashemi Sociology هیئت علمی
Jafar Hezarjaribi Sociology of Development Faculty of Social Science. Allameh Tebatebaei University
Behrouz Minaei-Bidgoli Computer Science & Engineering School of Computer Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran
Mohammad gholi Minavandchal Media studies IRIB University, Faculty of Communication
Hossein MIRZAEI anthropology
Seyed Mohammad Mirsondosi Sociology, Sociology of Religion and Culture Imam Hosein University
Hamide Molaei Communication Tehran University
kazem moazen Communication Researcher
Manijeh Maghsudi anthropology, Cultural Studies University of Tehran, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology
Reza Mahdi Higher Education Faculty member/ ISCS
Sharare Mehdizade Sociology Alzahra University
Abbas Mehregan Sociology University of Tehran
Meghdad Mehrabi Communication, Communication and Media Studies University of Tehran
Reza Mahoozi Theory and Criticism Associate Professor, Cultural Studies, Institute for Cultural and Social Studies
Baharak Mahmoodi Hanarood Sociology of Communication Allame Tabatabaee University
Ebrahim Mohseni Ahooei Communication- Cyberspace Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran
Aliasghar Morovat Philosophy Bu-Ali Sina University
Alireza Moradi Sociology Institute for social and cultural studies- Department of cultural studies
Seyed Hadi Marjaei Sociology The Institute for Research and Planning in Higher Education
A. Morshedi Sociology Yazd University
Omid Ali Masoudi Sociology, Theory and Criticism Soore Univesity ,Tehran, Iran
Jahangir Masoudi Islamic philosophy and wisdom. faculty of Theology. Ferdowsi University of Mashhad.
Mohsen Hesam Mazaheri Sociology of Religion and Culture Arma Publish
Saeed Moeidfar Social Sciences and Communications, Sociology University of Tehran
keivan Aghamohseni Anthropology Assistant Professor
Mohammad Atashak Educational Management, Management and Educational Planning Planning and budgeting organization
Hamidreza Arasteh Higher Education, Management Educational Administration, Faculty of Management, Kharazmi University
A. Eftekhari History, Geography & Archeology, Sociology Tarbiat Modares University
Mohammad Sadegh Afrasyabi Cultural Policy-making Sooreh University
H. Imani Jajarmi Sociology University
Asghar Izadi-Jeiran anthropology University of Tabriz
Zohreh Anvari anthropology Member of faculty of social science of Tehran university
Saeedeh Amini Sociology of Politics Allameh Tabataba'i University
Masoud Omid Culture and Cities associate professor
Armin Amir Theoretical and Cultural Sociology Allame Tabatabaei University
N. Amiri anthropology University
lugman emamgoli Sociology Assistant Professor of Sociology Department of Kurdistan University
Hosein Ebrahimabadi Educational Psychology Institute for Social and Cultural Studies
Y Ahmadi Jurisprudence, Principles of Islam, Qur'anic Sciences & Hadith Faculty Member
Shirin Ahmadnia Sociology Faculty of Social Sciences, Allameh Tabataba'i University
Leila Ardebili Social Sciences and Communications Unviersity
Vali ullah Esfandiyar Political Science Assistant professor of Imam Ali university
mohammad javad esmaili Sociology of Politics Assistant Professor at Beheshti University. Research Institute for Basic Science and Technology
S.M. Etemadifar Sociology University of Tehran
ّFiroozeh َAsghari Higher Education Institute for Social and Cultural Studies
Abdollah Bicharanlou Communication and Media Studies, Media studies Associate Professor ,The University of Tehran
Farhad Bayani Sociology Department of Science and Technology, Institute for Social and Cultural Studies
Mohammad Bitaraf Computer Games, Psychology, Video Games مشاور برنامه ریزی
Mohammad Hossein Badamchi Sociology institute of social and cultural studies
Soosan Bastani Sociology Alzahra University
Kobra Bakhshizadeh Borj Allameh Tabatabai University
Hassan Bashir Sociology of Communication Imam Sadiq University
Hossein Basirian Jahromi Communication and Media Studies Allahme Tabatabaei University
Fataneh Taghiyare Computer Science & Engineering University of Tehran
Naseeruddin Ali Taghavian Philosophy of Education Institute for Social and Cultural Studies
Reza Taslimi Tehrani Theoretical and Cultural Sociology The research center of and communication
A. Tashakori History, History, Geography & Archeology University of Yazd
Fatemeh javaheri Sociology, Women Studies Kharazmi university
mohammad reza javadi yeganeh Sociology university of tehran
M Javid Jurisprudence, Principles of Islam, Qur'anic Sciences & Hadith Tehran University
Hamid Javdani Higher Education Associate Professor of IRPHE
zouhayr hayati Knowledge and Information Shiraz University
Arash Heydari Cultural Studies Assistant professor at University of Science and culture
Mahmood Heydarian Archeology Shahrekord University, Dept of Archaeology
Hamed HajiHeidari Sociology Department of Sociology in University of Tehran
karam Habibpour Gatabi Sociology of Development Department of Sociology, University of Kharazmi
Rasoul Hoseinpour Tonekaboni Philosophy, Philosophy of Education Assistant Professor, Department of Islamic Philosophy at, Hakim Sabzevari University
davood Hosseini-Hashemzadeh Sociology Researcher
Zohreh Kharazmi Cultural Studies, North American Studies faculty of World Studies, University of tehran.
Gholamreza Khoshfar Sociology Department of Sociology and Communication/ Golestan University
Esmaeil Khalili Knowledge and Information Associated researcher in institute for social and cultural studies
Sadra Khosravi Communication No.124, MomenNejad St. (Golestan 1), Pasdaran Ave.
Behnaz Dowran Psychology, Video Games, Psycology Medical University of Baghitallah
hossein dehghanzadeh Management and Educational Planning allameh tababaei
Hosein Daneshmehr Sociology of Development Kurdistan
hasan zolfagari Language and Literature -
Narges Zaker Jafari Art and Aestetics Department of music, Faculty of Art and Architecture, University of Guilan, Rasht, Iran.
Gh. ZakerSalehi Higher Education Institute for Research and Planning in Higher Education
Behrouz Roustakhiz Social Sciences and Communications Assistant Prof. of Anthropology and Member of Research Institute for Social Policy and Social Studies, Allameh Tabatabai University; Tehran, Iran.
Azam Ravadrad Social Sciences and Communications Faculty of Social Sciences,. University of Tehran
Ali Razizade Psychology, Video Games University of Religion
Jabbar Rahmani anthropology
Mohammad Mahdi Rahmati Theoretical and Cultural Sociology Department of social science, Faculty of literature and humanities science, University of Guilan, Rasht
qasem zaeri Sociology sociology, social sciences, tehran
Fathollah Zare khalili Art and Aestetics, Visual Communications Assistant Professor, Department of Art Research, Faculty of Art and Architecture, Shiraz University
Reza Zafarian Tehran University
Seyed Mohammad Ali Seyed Hosseini Psychology, Video Games, Social Sciences and Communications Department of Social Sciences, Islamic Azad University North Tehran Branch, Tehran, Iran
K. Saljoghi Management University
Sahar Soltani Philosophy of Education Khawrazmi University
Mohammad Samiei Political Science Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran
Fatemeh Shafiee Sarvestani Political Sciences, International Relationss & Regional Studies Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran
Maryam Shafiee Sarvestani Management and Educational Planning, Sociology Shiraz University
Tahmineh Shaverdi Sociology Associated professor of Academic Center of Education, Culture and Research
Vahid Shalchi Cultural Studies, Theoretical and Cultural Sociology Associated Frofessor in Sociology Department, Allameh Tabatabi’e University
Ehsan Shaghasemi Communication University of Tehran, Faculty of Social Sciences
Mahnaz Shahalizade Sociology University of Tehran, Faculty of World Studies
Vahid Tolooei Cultural Studies, Theoretical and Cultural Sociology University of Toronto
Saeed Tavoosi History Allame Tabatabaei University
mohammadreza taleban Sociology, Sociology of Politics Research Institute of Imam Khomeini and Islamic Revolution
Hamed Taheri Kia Cultural Studies assistance professor/ Iranian Institute for Social and Cultural Policy
manouchehr alinejad Sociology, Sociology of Development Assistant Professor, Department of Cooperatives and Social Welfare, Faculty of Social Sciences, Yazd University
fardin alikhah Culture and Cities, Sociology assisstant Prof. Guilan University
Seyedmohsen Alavipour Political Science Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies
Marzieh Aali Philosophy of Education University of Tehran
Hamid Ebadollahi-chanzanagh Sociology Associate Professor and Faculty Member of Social Sciences Department of University of Guilan
mahdi Abbaszadeh Philosophy Faculty Member at Research Institute for Culture and Thought
Mohamadtaghi Abbasi shavazi Sociology of Communication Sociology Department, Social Sciences Faculty, Shiraz University
Hamid Abdollahyan Historical Sociology, Sociology Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tehran
Mehrdad Arabestani anthropology Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tehran
Parastoo Eshrati Art and Aestetics Assistant Prof., School of Architecture,, College of Fine Arts, University of Tehran
Farzad Gholami Communication Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Department of Social Communication Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tehran
Javad Gholami Language Teaching Assistant Professor in TESOL, Urmia University
Reza Gholami Political Science Faculty member of the Institute of Humanities and Cultural Studies and Head of the Institute of Cultural and Social Studies of the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology
reza safari shali Sociology of Development Associate Professor of Sociology, Kharazmi University
Siavash Salavatian
soheyla salahi moghaddam Literature and Iranian Culture Persian literature professor Alzahra uni. Iran Tehran
Reza Samim Sociology Associate Professor in Department of Cultural Studies, Institute for Social and Cultural Studies
ata allah salehi Theory and Criticism Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman
Hossein Sadeghi Law University of Tehran
Sh. Sabbar Communication Assistant Professor - University of Tehran
Ameneh Sedighian Bidgoli Sociology iscs,tehran,iran