Includes research papers, systematic reviews, practical notes, short communications.
By submitting the manuscript you will receive an email notification of its registration. This automatic notification contains an ID which you must use whenever corresponding about the manuscript.
All submitted manuscripts are reviewed within 7 days of registration on the journal website by a technical expert for completeness of documents and compliance with the authors' guide, and by the editor for compliance with the journal's scope and scientific strength. This phase may be extended up to 10 days in case of holidays. There are three options for the next step:
The option may be selected upon editor’s first read based on:
If the paper’s priority is estimated to be less than 40% probability of final acceptance the paper will be rejected immediately, without further review in order to prevent wasting time of the authors and reviewers.
Manuscripts that at least have potential will be reviewed on more details. The editor will then send his initial impressions to the authors.
Then the editor selects two reviewers (rarely three reviewers in specific cases). The reviewers will be assigned from:
The reviewers’ criteria:
The reviewers will be contacted by email and if they accept, they are given access to the plaint blind version of the paper which does not include the title page detailing the authors and originating. Reviewers are given guidance and review form that are available to anyone on JRRS website.
Following return of all reviews, the editor reads the paper, the reviewers’ comments, and his own initial opinion. The next decision may be:
The authors will be informed by an email that usually includes: the anonymous reviewers’ comments, editor’s initial comments, the reasons that why the manuscript has been rejected or what major areas need revision. The editor notifies the authors that they may contact the editor if they want further advice on revisions or, in the case of rejection, if they wish to make any comments or ask questions.
The reviewers will also receive a copy of the same email and attachments (blind to each other’s identity and without disclosing their identity to the author) so that they may learn of the decision and so that they may read the opinion of others.
When the author resubmits their revised version, the editor reads any covering letter provided outlining their response to comments and changes made, and reads the revised paper. The editor may make one of three decisions:
The papers are not routinely returned to the reviewers although the editor obviously reserves the right to do this if he considers it necessary. The author will be informed of the decision by email, with an accompanying letter if needed to explain the decision.
Important reports on latest achievements in the rehabilitation fields or recently abandoned/ adopted protocols may be submitted in the form of letters to the editor. The text should contain maximum of 500 words with at most one table or illustration and a maximum of five references.
These letters are not subject to peer review. The editor reads the letter and he usually decides immediately on further actions, though rarely he may seek advice. Any letter that comments significantly on a published article will be sent to the author of that article inviting a comment or reply. The author will be given a short time to reply (usually 14-21 days). Then the editor will:
All the procedures and payments are exactly the same for the manuscripts from JRRS editorial board. To confirm a true peer review process, 5 members of editorial board will select the reviewers secretly and a blind supervisor will monitor the whole peer review process.
The editorial process in Journal of Research in Rehabilitation Sciences is briefly illustrated below