The Journal of Biomedical Engineering Science and Technology (JBEU) follows a double-blind peer review process, where the identities of the authors and reviewers are concealed from each other. The peer review process aims to ensure the quality, originality, relevance, and validity of the manuscripts submitted to the journal.
The peer review process consists of the following steps:
- Submission: The authors submit their manuscripts online through the journal’s website. The authors are required to follow the journal’s guidelines for manuscript preparation and submission. The authors are also required to declare any conflicts of interest, ethical issues, or funding sources related to their manuscript.
- Screening: The editor-in-chief or an associate editor screens the manuscript for its suitability for the journal’s scope, policies, and standards. The editor may reject the manuscript without further review if it does not meet the journal’s criteria or if it has any major flaws or ethical concerns.
- Assignment: The editor assigns the manuscript to two or more reviewers who have expertise and experience in the relevant field of biomedical engineering and technology. The reviewers are selected from the journal’s editorial board or reviewer pool, or invited from external sources. The reviewers are asked to accept or decline the invitation within a week.
- Review: The reviewers evaluate the manuscript based on the journal’s review criteria, such as originality, significance, methodology, results, discussion, conclusions, references, and presentation. The reviewers are expected to provide constructive and objective feedback and suggestions for improvement. The reviewers are also asked to recommend one of the following actions: accept, minor revision, major revision, or reject. The reviewers are required to complete their review within four weeks.
- Decision: The editor collects and analyzes the reviews and makes a decision based on the reviewers’ recommendations and comments. The editor may also consult with other editors or experts if needed. The editor may accept the manuscript as it is, request minor or major revisions from the authors, or reject the manuscript. The editor communicates the decision and the reviews to the authors within six weeks from the submission date.
- Revision: If the manuscript is accepted with revisions, the authors are required to revise their manuscript according to the reviewers’ comments and suggestions. The authors are also required to submit a response letter that explains how they have addressed each point raised by the reviewers. The revised manuscript and the response letter are submitted online through the journal’s website within two weeks for minor revisions or four weeks for major revisions.
- Verification: The editor verifies that the authors have satisfactorily revised their manuscript and addressed all the issues raised by the reviewers. The editor may send the revised manuscript back to the original reviewers or new reviewers for further evaluation if needed. The editor may accept the revised manuscript, request additional revisions, or reject the revised manuscript.
- Acceptance: If the manuscript is accepted, the editor informs the authors of the acceptance and sends them proof of their manuscript for final checking. The authors are required to check and correct any errors in spelling, grammar, formatting, figures, tables, etc. The authors are also required to sign a publication agreement that grants the journal a non-exclusive license to publish their article. The proof and the publication agreement are submitted online through the journal’s website within a week.
- Publication: After receiving the proof and the publication agreement from the authors, the editor assigns a digital object identifier (DOI) to the article and publishes it online on the journal’s website. The article is also indexed and archived in various databases and repositories. The authors receive a confirmation email with a link to their published article.
The peer review process may vary depending on each case and situation. The journal reserves the right to make any changes or modifications to the peer review process as deemed necessary by the editor-in-chief or associate editors.