The following is the editorial workflow that every paper submitted to the International Journal of Epidemiologic Research (IJER) will undergo during the course of the peer-review process. The entire editorial workflow is performed using the online manuscript tracking system. Once a manuscript is submitted by the corresponding author, all authors are notified about the submission and the corresponding author can track the manuscript in his/her account which is made on the IJER website. The Editor-in-Chief of the journal inspects the submitted manuscript.
The Editor-in-Chief also invites the section editor or one of the associate editors or co-editors, based on the subject of the manuscript, to inspect the paper.
If they determine that the manuscript is not of sufficient quality to go through the normal review process or if the subject of the manuscript is not appropriate to the journal scope, the manuscript will be rejected with no further processing. If the Editor-in-Chief determines that the submitted manuscript is of sufficient quality and falls within the scope of the journal, then the manuscript will go to one of editorial board members based on its subject, the availability of the editors, and the lack of any potential conflicts of interest with the submitting authors. If the editor declares that the submitted paper is of sufficient quality and falls within the scope of the IJER, the manuscript will be sent to a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 external reviewers for peer-reviewing.
When the reviewers submitted their reports, the editor can make one of the following editorial recommendations:
1. Acceptance: the manuscript could be e-published. We try to reduce this process to maximum two weeks. Before e-publication, corresponding author can verify a proof copy of the paper. After e-publication, paper will be in a queue to be published in one of IJER upcoming issues.
2. Minor revision: authors will receive comments upon their manuscript, in which the authors will be asked to submit a revised copy besides the cover letter showing authors’ rejoinders as well as a marked copy utilizing Track Changes in Review menu of Microsoft Word Documents. Revised manuscript should be submitted up to two weeks after the decision letter. Otherwise, authors need to go through a re-submission process.
3. Major revision: it means a chance to reorganize the manuscript to meet the required scientific criteria for another review process. Authors should pay more attention to reviewers’ comments and focus on their highlighted points. Editor may/may not request the authors to resubmit their revised manuscript besides the cover letter and a marked copy. Revised manuscript should be submitted up to two weeks after the decision letter. Otherwise, authors need to go through a re-submission process.
4. Reject: in most cases, methodological and scientific concerns are the main origins of rejection. Causes of rejection will be sent to the authors to provide more chance for them for publication in other journals.
5. Withdraw: if the manuscript does not meet the scopes of the IJER, it will be withdrawn with suggestion to be sent to another journal.