Submitted manuscripts are first checked to ensure that they comply with instructions to authors and are in accordance with the “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals”, Annals of Internal Medicine, 1997,126, 36-47, and that all references, figures and tables meet the journal’s requirements.
All manuscripts sent to the journal are routinely screened using specialized anti-plagiarism soft-wares. In all cases where any possible irregularity exists, the editorial office will follow the principles stated in COPE (Committee on publication ethics) guidelines.
Only manuscripts complying with the above requirements and free of possible irregularities, will be entered into the review process. The author(s) will be informed that the manuscript has been accepted for review.
Authors are invited to suggest the names of potential reviewers and the Editor may choose, without obligation or explanation, to use one or more of these. Authors may also specify the names of a person(s) which they do not wish to review their manuscript, in which case a brief explanation should be given.
All articles will be reviewed by at least two colleagues with expertise in the manuscript’s subject matter. The identities of the reviewers, chosen by the editor, will not be disclosed to the authors.
The average time from submission to a decision following the first review is approximately 4-6 weeks.
Based on the reviewers’ opinion, the Editor will choose one of the following alternatives:
- Minor revisions required;
- Major revisions required;
In cases where revision is required, the author(s) will be invited to amend their manuscript, which should be resubmitted as soon as possible, but not later than 6 weeks. The revised manuscript will be reappraised by the initial reviewers and notification of a final decision will be sent to the author in approximately three weeks.
After acceptance and prior to publication, authors will receive a pdf file with the edited version of their manuscript for final proofreading and will be asked to carefully check the completeness and accuracy of the text, tables and figures.
Conflicts of interest
Any existing or potential conflict of interest about a manuscript should be disclosed by all participants in the peer-review and publication process (authors, peer reviewers, editors, editorial board members). Authors should disclose any potential conflict of interest at the time of manuscript submission. The statement regarding the disclosure of conflicts of interest should be included in the manuscript and mentioned in the cover letter accompanying the manuscript.
Authors should disclose any potential conflict of interest at the time of manuscript submission. The statement regarding the disclosure of conflicts of interest should be included in the manuscript and mentioned in the cover letter accompanying the manuscript. Prior to the allocation of manuscripts for review, the Managing Editor checks for the existence of any potential conflict of interest. The reviewers will be asked to confirm that there is no conflict of interest about the review process of the manuscript. Reviewers should recuse themselves from reviewing any manuscript in relation to which their opinion could be biased. Furthermore, reviewers must not use knowledge of the work they are reviewing before its publication to their own interest. Editors should recuse themselves from editorial and publication decisions in relation to manuscripts to which they have any conflict of interest.
In cases where the Deputy Editor and Managing Editor have any conflict of interest in connection with a manuscript, the entire work related to the review process of that manuscript will be undertaken by the Editor in Chief. In cases where the Editor in Chief has any conflict of interest in relation to a manuscript, the entire work related to the review process of that manuscript will be undertaken by the Deputy Editor.In cases where the Deputy Editor, Managing Editor and the Editor in Chief have any conflict of interest in relation to a manuscript, the entire work related to the review process of that manuscript will be undertaken by another member of the editorial board.
Submissions from members of the editorial board, editors and employees of the journal will be handled by the Editor in Chief, who will allocate the manuscripts for review to independent and blinded reviewers.
Submissions from members of the owner institution will be assigned for review to members of the editorial board or external reviewers, taking into consideration the necessity to avoid any potential conflict of interest in the process of reviewer allocation.
Editorial manuscripts sent by members of the editorial board, following an invitation by the Editor in Chief, will undergo a review process in the editorial office.
Editors of ASMJ will not share information regarding the manuscripts submitted to ASMJ to any other than the authors and the reviewers.
At the time of reviewer allocation, reviewers will be instructed to keep the manuscripts and associated material strictly confidential. Reviewers should not publicly discuss author`s work and must not retain any manuscript for their personal use
In case of manuscript rejection, the full content of the manuscript will be deleted from the editorial content of the Journal. In
In case of manuscript acceptance and publication, the Journal will keep copies of all the manuscript-related materials for at least three years.
The identity of the reviewers will not be revealed to authors, under no circumstances.