Editorial and Peer Review Process

Editorial and Peer Review Process

 

Peer-reviewed manuscript: The submitted manuscript of Mini-review, Meta-analysis, Clinical Trial, Visual Experiment, and Research Article are peer-reviewed. Letter to the Editor is not peer-reviewed.

Initial Internal Editorial Review

  Initially we do the internal editorial review with the purpose a) to avoid unnecessary delay to get a decision about the manuscript and b) to avoid manuscript overload.

Using this method, about one-third of all submitted manuscripts are rejected without peer-review. That is, initial rejection is often much quicker. In that case, authors have the option to submit their manuscript to another journal without unnecessary delay.

  > Is the research unethical? If yes, then we reject the manuscript.

 

  > We read the title of the manuscript and then think whether is it within our area of priority?

[Authors are requested to read some of the Table of Contents of the issues of our journal published within the last 2-5 years. This will help you to find out our area of priority. Some of the non-priority areas are, for example, antihypertensive drugs, anti-HIV agents, molecular docking without the data of wet lab, nanotechnology, etc].

 

> If your topic is not within our priority area, we directly reject the manuscript. If yes, then find out the 2 or 3 main keywords from the title.

[For example, Mr. X is a corresponding author and has submitted a manuscript “Larvicidal, leishmanicidal, insecticidal and anthelmintic effects of Sterculia diversifolia stem bark and leaf” to Bangladesh Journal of Pharmacology. The keywords are Anthelmintic; Insecticidal; Larvicidal; Leishmanicidal; Sterculia diversifolia. Then we browse the www.google.com and www. scholar.google.com web search engines. In the search space, copy and paste two words, Sterculia diversifolia and Anthelmintic. Then enter the key and find out is there any published data]

  > If there is published data (duplicate publication), then we directly reject the manuscript. If no, then we go through the abstract of the manuscript and then do the plagiarism check.

>  Make one copy of the manuscript. Delete the title page, figures and references. Then rest part of the manuscript is checked by dependable plagiarism software (more is written in the plagiarism section). If the percentage of plagiarism is more than 10 (ten), then we reject the manuscript directly without any explanation. We have software to detect the image manipulation as well.

Screenshot showing the percentage of plagiarism by the colored text of a manuscript

  >  If the contents are informative and will be useful to our reader, then we think whether the manuscript was written according to our journal style.

>  Are there:

  • any authorship abuse
  • any author mentioning more than one affiliation? Discuss with the corresponding author by email to solve the issue (more is written in the authorship and affiliation sections).

>  Does the manuscript written according to our journal style?

>  If the editorial office is satisfied, then we decide to send an email to the corresponding author to prepare and submit a video clip of one methodology. There is no time limit to submit the video clip.

>  When we get the video clip (only in case of Research Article), we review it whether it is acceptable or not. If not, then request the author to improve it. Otherwise, the manuscript is rejected.

>  If yes, then our office checks the English language, grammar and typographical mistakes using a software (more in the English grammar section). Our office corrects the minor mistakes on behalf of the authors. If the English language and grammar are too bad, then we request the corresponding author to correct it by themselves and send it again to us.

>  Our layout editor prepares the dummy Article (formatted text with proper placement of image, Figure(s) and Table(s), if any).

[This is helpful for easy review by the External Editors and save time and labor]

>  Finally the dummy Article is send to external reviews.

The usual reasons for rejection at this stage are

  • topic is not within the area of priority
  • insufficient originality (inadequate review of literature)
  • the absence of important message to the scientific community
  • not written according to our journal style, or
  • ill-written

>  It usually takes about 3-10 days.

External Peer-Review

  Review of a manuscript is done by either single-blind, double-blind or none. Bangladesh Journal of Pharmacology practices the single-blind peer review where the reviewer will know the authors’ names, but reviewer’s name will not be disclosed to the authors. The review report will appear in the editorial decision letter where it can be read by the authors.

 

  > If any manuscript passes the first step and meets the Criteria for Publication, then the manuscript is sent to two independent external reviewers (preferably the reviewers of other countries) for comment/advice

>  External reviewers are given 3 weeks’ time to complete the review