Editorial Committee. Manuscripts submitted to Rheumatology Research are assessed and assigned to reviewers by the Editor-In-Chief and editors at the first 15 days of submission. Up to 3 reviewers are selected for review of a manuscript.
Invitation to Review. The Editor-In-Chief and editors email invitations to review, which include a copy of the abstract. When a reviewer accepts a request to review, the journal will email a link providing access to the full manuscript. On completion of their assessment, reviewers are asked to visit our online submission system at http://www.rheumres.org to submit their comments.
Confidentiality. Reviewers are asked to respect the confidential nature of the information to be evaluated. Manuscripts reviewed for the journal should not be discussed with anyone who is not directly involved in the review process. If colleagues are consulted, they should be identified to the Editor-In-Chief. Reviewers should not disclose their identity to the authors or to other colleagues.
Effective Reviews. While the primary purpose of the evaluation is to provide the Editor-In-Chief with the information they need to reach a decision on the value of the manuscript, reviews should also provide separate suggestions to authors on how to strengthen their manuscript. Reviewer feedback is therefore helpful when provided in two forms: as confidential comments reserved for the editors and Editor-In-Chief and as open comments to be shared directly with the authors and co-reviewers. These two types of comments should be prepared and inserted as separate texts in the fields provided for each. When making their recommendation, reviewers will want to keep in mind that other reviewer recommendations, including those with conflicting assessments, will be considered by the editors. Other editorial considerations may also bear on a final decision.
When preparing commentary directed to the authors, assessment should focus on the manuscript and should be expressed in an objective and neutral tone. Dispassionate and constructive criticism is invited; and the editor reserves the right to edit or delete comments judged to be inappropriate.
The most effective reviews often include an initial paragraph summarizing major findings presented and the reviewer's overall conclusions as to major strengths and shortcomings of the manuscript. In the main part of the review comments are numbered and broken down into major and minor criticisms if appropriate. The numbering of comments facilitates the editor's evaluation of the manuscript and the author's response.