Evaluation and review process for original documents and research notes

In the interests of making the evaluation process for articles more transparent and more streamlined, RHE-JILAEH provides the following information for authors and evaluators regarding the evaluation and revision process from the arrival of the original through to publication of the article.

Acknowledgment of receipt
 RHE-JILAEH promises to acknowledge receipt of an original manuscript within 10 days when the manuscript is received in electronic format.

Initial Evaluation
Manuscripts will be subjected to a “rapid review” by the editors or other specialists in the particular area who will usually be members of the Editorial Board. This review will focus on originality, relevance and scientific interest in order to decide whether the text is submitted to an external review. This decision will be communicated to authors within a maximum of 30 days from the acknowledgment of receipt of the manuscript.

Full Evaluation
If the initial evaluation is positive, RHE-JILAEH will send the manuscript to two or more external experts, following the peer review system, with the double-blind format. This does not imply that the article will be accepted. RHE-JILAEH will only take a decision after receiving at least two of the referees’ reports. RHE-JILAEH encourages specialists to review manuscripts quickly (within a period of three to five weeks) to allow a final decision within three months of the decision to send a manuscript for full review.

In all the following cases authors will receive, on completion of the evaluation process, the anonymous comments made by the specialists.

Acceptance and Conditional Acceptance
If the reviews made by the anonymous specialists are favourable, the manuscript will usually be accepted on the condition that the author considers the comments and doubts expressed in the reviews. It is rare for an article to be accepted which requires absolutely no changes at all.

Revise and resubmit
If the majority of the above reviews is favourable but suggests revision and changes in the manuscript, the text will be rejected and the author will be invited to consider the specialists’ comments and resubmit a revised document. If the author incorporates the suggested changes and resubmits the manuscript it will be sent to one of the original anonymous referees and to a new expert in the field. At this stage the specialists will evaluate the author’s comments and the changes made as a result of the original criticisms. This review process is also anonymous. If the reviews of the resubmitted manuscript are favourable it is likely that the text will be accepted for publication.

Adaptation of accepted articles to the publication norms.
Authors of accepted articles will be required to send a new version of the manuscript in which the RHE-JILAEH publication norms are applied within a maximum of 10 days.

Correction of proofs of articles accepted for publication. 
Authors may be required to correct galley proofs which should be returned within 72 hours. Major changes are not permitted at this stage, the objective being simply to correct errors with respect to the accepted version.

The period between the receipt of the final version of a manuscript, including the required changes, and publication will be between eight months and one year.

Note: An article no resubmitted within six month from the referees’ report will be considered
a new submission.