Peer Review

Peer-Review

By following a comprehensive and rigorous peer review policy, Osler Surgery ensures that the submitted manuscripts are evaluated objectively and fairly, and that only high-quality research is published in the journal. 

Our editors work in collaboration with authors and external peer reviewers to ensure fair and evidence based assessment, which frequently necessitates revisions and entails meticulous checking. 

A guide to Osler Peer-review System

The journal operates on a single-blind transparent review process. Although the reviewer's name is hidden from the author, the reviewers have accessibility to the authors' names in order to prevent any possible personal, professional, or financial conflicts of interest with authors.

The assigned editor(s) is responsible for selecting qualified peer reviewers for each manuscript. Reviewers are selected based on their expertise in the field, and their ability to provide critical and unbiased feedback. The journal may also consider the author's suggestions for reviewers, but it depends solely on the editor(s) if they want to consider it or not. The article will be rejected for willful falsification of information, such as recommending reviewers with a false name or email address, and may result in further inquiry in accordance with our misconduct policy.

Our built-in system ensures that the identity of the reviewer remains anonymous and an integer (a whole number) is assigned to them, to serve as an identity after the review is complete (e.g. Reviewer 1, Reviewer 2, etc).

The reviewers are given a timeframe, usually within two weeks (extendable by a further 2 weeks) to submit their reports. If a reviewer is unable to complete the review within the allotted time frame, they should notify the editor(s) as soon as possible. The editor(s) will make the final decision on whether to accept or reject the manuscript based on the feedback provided by the reviewers. The Editor-in-Chief may intervene in the review process of any manuscript and also seek additional input from the editorial board or external experts if necessary. In case of any discrepancies, the decision of the Editor-in Chief is final and binding.

Osler Surgery aims to have the average time from submission to first decision of 1 week for those submissions rejected without peer-review and of 4 weeks for those submissions that are sent for peer-review.