Peer Review Policies
CJGS uses double-blind peer review. Neither the referees nor the authors know the information of each other.
The primary criteria for judging the acceptability of a manuscript are its quality, novelty, and scientific importance. However, editorial decisions are based not just on the technical merits of the work, but also on factors such as ethics concerns, policy and regulation, presentation of the material, and relevance to the journal’s general readership.
On submission of a manuscript for publication, the submission is checked for duplication and compliance with these author instructions. If the submission is complete, the Editor-in-Chief assesses the manuscript for suitability. A small percentage of manuscripts are rejected without peer review at this stage; for example, if the article type is inappropriate (for example, CJGS does not publish case reports), if the subject matter is unsuitable for the CJGS readership (for example, ‘Research progress in the application of autologous blood transfusion in orthopedic tumor surgery’), or if the scientific and/or surgical merit of the paper is flawed (for example, if it is not ethical). Three referees are usually invited to comment on each submission. When the opinions of the referees differ significantly, the manuscript is discussed at our monthly Editors’ meeting. When a decision has been reached, this is communicated to the author.
Articles not subjected to peer review include solicited Leading Articles (in which case the topic and structure of the article is largely designed by the Editor-in-Chief in collaboration with the author), Invited Comments, and Scientific Surgery, all of which are overseen to the highest standards by a dedicated editor.
The editors’ decision is final unless there is a proven to be an error in the process of manuscript evaluation or peer review. If you believe that there has been an error of process in the handling of your manuscript, please address your concerns to the Editor-in-Chief (firstname.lastname@example.org), quoting the manuscript submission number.