Submission of manuscripts

Review process and follow-up of submitted manuscripts

  • I have submitted a manuscript how will I come to know about its progress?
    • In Process Articles‘ area will provide the latest information about the article; in which stage the article is and when it is likely to go into the next stage.
    • ‘Article Cycle’ page provides more details of how article is moving in the review process and how much time it is taking for each step.
    • Automated email from the system will be sent to the contributor when a decision on article is arrived at or when article is sent for proof check.

  • What would be the timeframe for review process?
    • The Editors review all submitted manuscripts initially which is
      completed within one week.
    • Manuscripts with insufficient originality, serious scientific flaws, or absence of importance of message are rejected.
    • Other manuscripts are sent to two or more expert reviewers without revealing the identity of the contributors to the reviewers.
    • Within a period of 10-12 weeks, the contributors will be informed about the decision.

  • I see that the due date for the phase has elapsed some time back, but I did not get the comments?
    • The ‘Likely exit date’ are set as per the expected date for completion
      and is based the average days taken in the phase. Occasionally, we,
      our editors and reviewers, may not be able to complete the review
      process within the set deadline. However, the final review process
      would be completed, definitely, within 12 weeks.

  • How will I get the comments of the referee and editor?
    • On completion of review process, an email informing completion
      of review process will be sent.
    • The comments of referee, editors
      and technical editors will be available from the site and will not
      be sent via email.
    • These comments can be seen by clicking ‘Remark’ on ‘View status of articles’ or ‘Article Cycle’ page.

  • I received a manuscript for technical corrections or revision, how do I respond?
    • DO NOT submit a revised article from ‘Submit New Article’ page.
    • From ‘In
      Process Articles
      area click on ‘Remark’ to check the remarks sent to you. Click on ‘Add/Modify
      Files’ to go to change article file page.
    • To change images or first page article click on “Change First Page File and Images”.
    • To attach/upload the revised file (which should include the reply to the referees’ comments) for the browse for the file and attach it, and submit it.
    • Please include the ‘comments’ and ‘reply to comments’ in the article file itself.

  • Can I submit a revised manuscript or proof via email?
    • No.
    • Please utilise this system for submissions. The system will help to streamline review process efficiently and enable you to track the progress of the manuscript.
  • My article was accepted for publication, when would it be published?
    • A likely date of publication (issue of publication) is assigned to a manuscript.
    • Usually the manuscript will be published in that issue. This date will be visible in the ‘Accepted Articles’ area.

  • How will I get articles for proof reading?

    How do I respond to articles received for proofs?

    • Manuscripts for proof reading will be sent through this system itself.
    • When a manuscript is in proof stage, contributor will be notified so. On login to ‘Articles for proofs’, one can check the details of proofs.
    • Article file can be downloaded from this area and corrected file can attached/uploaded again from here itself.

Submitting a revised manuscript

  • How should I reply to queries raised by editors/referees?

      Pleasereply to the comments of the referees/editors in following manner. This will ensure that the re-review is done fast. Include the original comments with reply at the beginning of article file.

    • There is no data on follow-up of these patients.
      Reply: The follow up of patients have been included in the results section [Page 3, para 2]
    • Authors should highlight the relation of complication to duration of diabetes.
      Reply: The complications as seen in our study group has been included in the results section [Page 4, Table]

  • The ‘Remarks’ says a file has been uploaded by the journal, how do I get this file?
    • Please also check the manuscript text, if provided with the comments which is he latest file in the article file list marked as ‘R’ symbolizing revised (e.g. JOW_191_03R1.doc). Few of the technical remarks marked directly are to point out the errors and no efforts have been made to correct ‘all’ the errors, which the contributors should check. [All the queries have been marked in the article itself as ‘Comments’ which will be visible as yellow highlight. View the query list by selecting ‘Comments’ from the ‘View’ menu in Word. (If there are no ‘yellow’ areas in the document, check your settings: from the ‘Tools’ toolbar, select ‘Options…’ then the ‘View’ tab, and ensure that ‘Highlight’ is ticked and ‘Field Codes’ box is not ticked).]

  • Do I have to change the First Page file or images at the time of revision?
    • If there are no changes in First Page file or images/legends, there is no need to make changes in these files.

  • Do I have to send images and contributors’ form?
    • If the article was submitted online at the initial stage, send the contributors’ form and images to the office of the journal. Unless these are received, the decision on the article will not be conveyed. Send only one copy of colour images of size 4″ x 6″.

  • What will be the line of action on receipt of a revised manuscript?
    • On receipt of the revised manuscript, the manuscript will be re-reviewed by the editors and if required the referee (those who reviewed the manuscript initially or new ones) and a final decision will be taken. Usually it takes 3-6 weeks for re-review.

  • Does submission of revised manuscript mean that my manuscript is ‘acceptable’ or ‘accepted’?
    • Submission of a revised manuscript does not guarantee its acceptance by the journal.

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