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Editorial process

It costs nothing to submit your manuscript. The author processing charge (APC) is only payable following successful peer review and publication. No publication, no APC.

The editorial process occurs in 6 stages:

  1. Pre-submission enquiry
  2. Submission of your article and initial decision
  3. Peer review and revision
  4. Acceptance for publication
  5. Copy editing, layout and proofreading
  6. Publication

Presubmission enquiry

To see if your article is suitable for Drugs in Context, or if you have any questions about the journal, simply send us an email labelled ‘Pre-submission enquiry’. You may attach the Abstract or a draft of your article if you wish. The Editor-in-Chief (EIC) will review your manuscript and you will receive our response within 24 hours (this may take longer if the EIC decides to discuss the manuscript with an Associate Editor (AE) or a Consulting Editor (CE). Send your email to the Editorial Office.

Submission of your article and initial decision

The corresponding author sends a covering letter, manuscript, and additional information. Full submission information and submission guidelines are here. The EIC reviews the article’s quality and determines how closely it aligns with the journal’s aims and scope. You will receive an initial decision within 24 hours (this may take longer if the EIC decides to discuss the manuscript with an Associate Editor (AE) or a Consulting Editor (CE). The initial decision is either ‘Accepted, subject to peer review’ or ‘Rejected’. If the latter, a reason will be provided. Rejection is usually because articles are outside the Aims and Scope of the journal, and a presubmission enquiry will normally avoid this.

Peer review and revision

EIC, AE, or CE will send invites to potential external peer reviewers and if they agree, we ask them to return comments within 10 days. You will then receive a Peer Review Report from the EIC. This report provides detailed comments from at least two reviewers. To assist you, any differences of opinion between reviewers will have been resolved prior to you seeing the Report.

More about the journal’s peer review process

Acceptance for publication

On receipt of a revised manuscript, the EIC/AE/CE (as appropriate) will assess whether the reviewers’ comments have been properly addressed and if so, you will be sent confirmation of acceptance for publication.

Copy editing, layout and proofreading

Following acceptance, the manuscript receives a technical edit from the EIC and is then copy-edited and typeset into pages. You will be sent PDF page proofs for comment and subsequent approval, and at the same time, we will proofread the pages.

Within 24 hours of your approval, your finished article will be published online and the entire author team alerted. Also, a new article alert will be sent our subscriber database. Your article will be sent to PubMed for indexing.

Following publication, we would be grateful if you would complete a short customer service questionnaire so that we can continue to improve our service to authors.


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Updated: 14/9/17; 2 Feb 2017; 
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