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Information for Reviewers

Peer reviewers for BME Frontiers are part of a valued community. A rigorous, fair, and timely peer review process is a vital component of a journal for effective dissemination of quality and exciting scientific advances.

Only some of the manuscripts submitted to BME Frontiers are reviewed in depth. We require at least 3 reviews before a decision is to be made for most manuscripts. Reviewers are asked to return their comments within 2 weeks, although editors may change this time parameter according to the circumstances. Rapid reports require 2 reviews to ensure expedited decision and online publication within 1 week. We greatly appreciate reviewer’s time spent in preparing a review, and will consult reviewers on a revision of a manuscript only if we believe the revision has been significantly improved but still requires further peer evaluation. The final responsibility for decisions of acceptance or rejection of a submitted manuscript lies with the editor.

Ethical Guidelines for Reviewers

  • Be objective. If you cannot judge a paper impartially, you should not accept the invitation to review it. If you have any professional, personal, or financial affiliations that are or even may be perceived as a conflict of interest in reviewing the manuscript, you should not accept the invitation for review, or, if you uncover this conflict of interest after you see the full manuscript materials, you should recuse yourself immediately and fully inform the journal editors. If there is an aspect of a manuscript you’re reviewing that you feel you are not qualified to evaluate, inform the editor.

  • Provide considerate and useful comments. You should strive to write thorough and constructive comments to the authors, and articulate criticisms to them as clearly as possible. BME Frontiers editors have the right to edit comments that are deemed to be rude or of a nature that will hinder constructive discussion of manuscripts.

  • Work promptly. BME Frontiers asks that most reviews be returned within 2 weeks, although editors sometimes extend the deadline. If you cannot meet the deadline you are given for returning a complete review let the editor and staff know as soon as possible.

  • Maintain anonymity. BME Frontiers currently uses a single blind review process: reviewers see the author names, but authors do not see the reviewer names. Reviewers should not reveal their identities to authors or others. The review itself will be shared only with the author, and possibly with other reviewers and our Board.

  • Maintain confidentiality. Any manuscript you access to review is a privileged and confidential document. You should not discuss the content or ideas in the document with others and you are expected to delete or destroy all copies of the manuscript after review. Please do not share the manuscript with any colleagues without the explicit permission of the editor. Reviewers should not make personal or professional use of the data or interpretations before publication without the authors’ specific permission (unless you are writing an editorial or commentary to accompany the article).

  • Know our Editorial Policies. You should be aware of BME Frontiers’ policies for authors regarding conflict of interest, data availability, and materials sharing. To review these guidelines, please visit the Editorial Policies page.

Criteria for Evaluation

  • Scope: The manuscript should fall within the scope of the journal.
  • Novelty: The information should not already exist in the literature. It should be innovative and answer an important question within the field. Ideally, it should also have the potential for implications outside of the field.
  • Methods: The approach should be clear, appropriate, rigorous, and current.
  • Conclusions: The evidence provided should justify the conclusions and the conclusions should be compelling enough to deserve rapid publication.

For general guidance on using the manuscript submission system, please read the tutorials for Authors, Editors, and Reviewers. For questions on specific functionality, explore the Editorial Manager video library.