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Editorial process

It costs nothing to submit your manuscript. The article 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 – email the Editor-in-Chief
  2. Submit your manuscript:
  3. Peer review and revision
  4. Acceptance for publication
  5. Technical edit/check by the EIC
  6. Copy editing, layout and proofreading
  7. Publication

Presubmission enquiry
To see if your manuscript is suitable for Drugs in Context, or if you have any questions about the journal, simply send the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) an email labelled ‘Pre-submission enquiry’. You may attach the Abstract or a draft of your manuscript if you wish. The EIC will review your manuscript and you will receive normally receive a response within 24 hours. Send your email to the Editor-in-Chief.

Submission of your manuscript and initial decision
Submit your manuscript and required forms via Manuscript Manager:

Full submission information and submission guidelines are here. The EIC will evaluate the content of the manuscript. 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). 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 prevent this step.

Peer review and revision
The EIC or AE will send invites to potential external peer reviewers and if they agree, will 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 peer reviewers. To assist you, any differences of opinion between peer reviewers will have been resolved prior to sending you the Report.

More about the journal’s peer review process

Acceptance for publication
On receipt of a revised manuscript, the EIC/AE (as appropriate) will assess whether the peer reviewers’ comments have been properly addressed and if so, you will be sent confirmation of acceptance for publication. If accepted, you will be sent an email about the next stages, and about payment of the APC.

Copy editing, layout and proofreading
Following acceptance, the manuscript will receive 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 and publication on PubMed Central.

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.

Making changes to articles after publication
It is very important that authors carefully check final PDF proofs before publication as we cannot make corrections to published articles. Once an article is electronically published, corrections of critical errors may only be made via publication of a ‘Corrigendum’ or ‘Erratum’ article that would be published electronically, and would link back and forth with the original article and also be posted on PubMed.