plus Manuscript Processing

  • Each submission to plus will undergo a rigorous quality control check and peer review before a decision is reached. All manuscripts are handled by a "Specialty Editor" who then judges suitability for publication with help from "Specialty Editorial Board" members, our scholarly reviewers, reviewers on our reviewers' database, author suggested reviewers, and external reviewers.
  • Each submitted manuscript will go through an initial background check to ensure that it meets basic ethical/research standards as laid out above. Our support team will ensure that authors have disclosed competing interests, sources of funding, author contribution etc and that they have obtained necessary consents and clearances.
  • Suitable manuscripts are then assigned to a plus Specialty Editor. Specialty Editors will send suitable manuscripts for further review by plus Specialty Editorial Board Members or other reviewers (as above). Reviewers are invited at the sole discretion of specialty editors.
  • On the basis of reviewers' reports, Specialty Editors will make a recommendation on whether it should be accepted/rejected/accepted with major or minor revisions. We aim to reach an initial decision on most manuscripts within 6 weeks of submission.
  • Authors can suggest reviewers but plus is not obliged to use these suggestions. The decision of our Specialty Editor will be final in this regard.