Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Journal of Biomedical Semantics operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous.

The benefit of single-blind peer review is that it is the traditional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.

Manuscripts submitted to the journal are reviewed by at least two experts selected by the Editors, with the aim of reaching a decision as soon as possible.

Journal of Biomedical Semantics considers the following types of article: Database, Research, Review, Short report, and Software. For more specific information, please take a look at our Submission Guidelines.