Peer review process

Peer Review Process

All submitted manuscripts are initially reviewed by editors to determine appropriateness of the manuscript. Having been content by the editor, the submitted manuscripts are sent off to at least 3 external and related examiners for double-blinded and deep review for scientific content of the articles. At least 2 of these 3 examiners are asked to submit their decisions before final decision is made. The final decision whether to accept or decline submission is entirely based on the judgement of the editors. The peer-review process takes 3 months to complete.

Submitting the manuscript

After the manuscript has been successfully submitted, the editorial office personnel will check the paper’s formatting and citation styles, and adherence to the specified author guidelines. If the required conditions are not met, the manuscript will be returned to the author for reformatting and resubmission. If the manuscript passes approval, it will be screened by the Editor-in-Chief to determine whether the submitted manuscript is within the journal’s aims and scope. The submitted manuscript will also be assessed for its originality, and has not been plagiarized. If the submitted manuscript does not meet this criteria, the Editor-in-Chief may decline the submission of the paper without sending it for further review.

Assignment of associate editors and reviewers

After initial screening of the submitted manuscript, the Editor-in-Chief will then assign the relevant associate editors which is based on the content of submitted manuscripts. Then the associate editor will begin reviewing process by inviting at least 3 potential reviewers for assessment of the submitted manuscripts. The reviewers must have different affiliation from all authors of the submitted manuscripts. The potential reviewers must consider the invitation according to their own scientific expertise, any potential conflicts of interest, and other relevant criteria. The Journal of Associated Medical Sciences guarantees to assign the reviewers within 3 days after initial manuscript submission.

Review process

The reviewers are usually given two to four weeks to review the manuscript. After the review is completed, the reviewers will submit the review results to the journal, with some recommendations and suggestions.

Evaluation of the reviews by associate editors

The associate editor will evaluate comments of the three reviewers to make overall decision. Consensus results from at least two of three reviewers will lead to final decision whether to accept, minor revise, major revise or reject.

The associate editor will send a decision to the authors via the online system, along with any relevant comments submitted by the reviewers. As the journal use double-blind peer-review principle, all comments and suggestions are kept anonymous.

Revision

Once the authors receive the review results, comments, and suggestions, they will be asked to proceed accordingly. The revised manuscript must be submitted at the original submission number with highlighted changes. The response to reviewers’ comments must also be submitted along with the revised manuscript. The author will be asked to complete the revisions within two weeks for minor revisions and four weeks for major revisions. All the revised manuscripts will be re-evaluated by the same reviewers, before a final decision is made.