Peer Review Policy

  • Peer Review Policy

    All research articles, and most other article types, published in Journal of Chinese Pharmaceutical Sciences undergo thorough peer review. The review process includes two rounds with a total of three independent peer reviewers.
    All manuscripts are assessed by an Editor, who will decide whether they are suitable for peer review. Manuscripts felt to be suitable for consideration will be sent for the first round of peer review with two appropriate independent experts. Editors will make a decision based on the reviewers’ reports. If the manuscripts meet our journal publishing requirements, they will be sent to a different expert for the final review. The reports of peer review will be sent to the authors authors along with the editorial decision on their manuscript. Authors should note that even in light of one positive report, concerns raised by another reviewer may fundamentally undermine the study and result in the manuscript being rejected.
    Closed peer review
    The Journal of Chinese Pharmaceutical Sciences operates a closed peer review process. Reviewers will be treated anonymously and the pre-publication history of each article will not be made available online.
    Peer reviewers
    Authors may suggest potential reviewers if they wish; however, it is at the Editor(s)’ discretion whether to invite these reviewers. Authors should not suggest recent collaborators. Authors who wish to suggest peer reviewers can do so in the cover letter and should provide institutional email addresses where possible, or information which will help the Editor to verify the identity of the reviewer.
    Authors may request exclusion of individuals as peer reviewers, but they should explain the reasons in their cover letter on submission. Authors should not exclude too many individuals as this may hinder the peer review process.
    Intentionally falsifying information, for example, suggesting reviewers with a false name or email address, will result in the manuscript being rejected and may lead to further investigation in line with our misconduct policy.
    Peer Review processes and Criteria for acceptance
    Editor receives manuscript and then sends it to two qualified reviewers in the first round of review. Only both of the two reviewers agree with publication, editor will sent the manuscript to a different reviewer for second round of review (final review). If he/she agrees with publication, editor will inform the author for acceptance. If any reviewer shows disagreement with publication, the paper will be rejected. If no experts included in our expert database are qualified for the peer review of an article, editor will invite other competent experts to review the article. The final decision of acceptance lies with the editor-in- chief based on the comments of the reviewers and authors will be informed of the decision including: Acceptance, revision or rejection. Each peer review process is expected to be completed within about fifteen days and Advice for acceptance will normally be supplied within one or two months.
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