• Introduction
  • Conflict of interest
  • Timeliness
  • Completion of the arbitration form
  • Sources


1) Introduction to the “Peer-Review” Process

The review process is an important aspect of the process of publishing articles; because the reviewers’ opinions help the writer to improve the quality of the article and help the editor in deciding on the article.

The “Journal of Cellular and Molecular Anesthesia (JCMA)” uses the “peer-review process” to improve the quality of the articles they publish. In this way, the manuscripts that are candidates for peer-reviewing are sent to the selected reviewers after removing the information that identifies their authors. Each of the manuscripts is sent to at least two specialized reviewers and one statistics and methodology reviewer.

Note: A “manuscript” refers to an article that has been received from the author, but has not yet been published.

Before sending each manuscript to each reviewer, permission is first obtained from the reviewer by sending an email, and then the manuscript is submitted through the reviewer's panel on the journal's website.

If you have been selected as a reviewer for a manuscript, please pay attention to the following points before starting the peer-reviewing process:

1- Make sure that the topic and content of the article are consistent with your knowledge and expertise, and if it is not consistent, please immediately inform the journal office.

2- The manuscript file and all its appendices are considered confidential until publication, and therefore should not be made available to any third party.

3- Write your comments to the editors as if the authors might read them (1).


2) Conflict of interest

As a reviewer, please try to improve the quality of the article by conducting a “fair review”, by providing appropriate guidance and solutions to the authors.

We will be very grateful if you do not accept the reviewing of manuscripts in which you have a conflict of interest due to competitive, cooperative, or relationships with any of the authors, companies, or institutions related to the manuscript, and notify the editor with the reason (2, 3).


3) Timeliness

Please note that after sending the reviewing request, you have one week to respond to this invitation. Also, considering that the people involved in the journal tend to speed up the reviewing process, after accepting the request, you have two weeks to do the reviewing.

If for any reason, either before accepting the review or during the reviewing, you find out that you cannot do the reviewing within the specified time frame, please inform the editor, so that we can select an alternate reviewer as soon as possible (2).


4) Completion of the reviewing form

Please complete the review form provided to you in the reviewer panel, and if you have a file containing your comments related to the review or if you have made corrections to the article that you would like the authors to know, please upload the file in the same reviewer panel.

To attract the attention of the authors to your comments, we recommend that at the beginning of your reviewing opinions, briefly say what the article is about and what its findings are, and also explain the strengths of the work.

If you wish, in the Review Discussions section, you can mention your corrective comments to the editor of JCMA.

If you think the manuscript should be rejected, please do not overdo it with negative comments.

Finally, express your recommendation as a reviewer by specifying one of the following choices:

  • Accept Submission
  • Revisions Required
  • Submit for Review
  • Resubmit Elsewhere
  • Decline Submission
  • See Comments


5) References

1. Responsibilities in the Submission and Peer-Review Process 2017

2. Ethical guidelines for peer reviewers (English) 2019.

3. Conflict of Interest in Peer-Reviewed Medical Journals 2009.