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Editorial process

We understand that you may feel a little reluctant about entering the editorial maze. Fear not, we will take the lead, respond quickly to any questions you may have and ensure that your article is published rapidly. You will have one point of contact throughout the process, and we will keep you up-to-date with the progress of your submission every step of the way.

Remember it costs nothing to submit your article. The author processing charge (APC) is only payable on 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

If you are not sure 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’. Feel free to attach a draft of your article if you wish. The Editor-in-Chief will review your manuscript and you will receive our response within 24 hours.

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 Editor-in-Chief reviews the article’s quality and determine how closely it aligns with the journal’s aims and scope. You will receive an initial decision within 24 hours.

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

10 days after receiving an initial decision, the corresponding author will receive the Peer Review Report. This report provides detailed comments from two reviewers embedded into the manuscript. 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 Editors 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 is 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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