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Editorial process

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. Full details on APC charges can be found below as well as in the ‘Submission’ section.

The editorial process involves 6 stages:

  1. Pre-submission enquiry – please contact the Editorial Office.
  2. Submit your manuscript:
  3. Peer review and revision
  4. Acceptance for publication
  5. Technical/copyediting, layout and proofreading
  6. 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 an email to the Editorial Office labelled ‘Pre-submission enquiry’. You may attach the Abstract or a draft of your manuscript if you wish. We will review your manuscript and you will normally receive a response within 24 hours.

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

Full submission information and submission guidelines are here. We will evaluate the content of the manuscript. You will receive an initial decision usually within 24 hours. The initial decision is either ‘Sent for 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
We 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 editorial office. This report provides detailed comments from at least two peer reviewers.

More about the journal’s peer review process

Acceptance for publication
On receipt of a revised manuscript, we 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.

Copyediting, layout and proofreading
Following acceptance, the manuscript will be copyedited and typeset into pages. You will be sent PDF page proofs for comment and subsequent approval. Finally, the article will be proofread.

Following approval, your finished article will be published online and the entire author team alerted. Additionally, 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.

Publication charges

Standard track: APC for an unsolicited manuscript is US$1900 / £1500 / €1680 + VAT (where applicable). This applies to Reviews, Original Research, Case Series and Meeting Reports. Case reports and Editorials/Commentaries qualify for a 50% APC discount. There are no additional charges. Charges are reviewed annually. Waivers can be granted on a per case basis; please contact our Editorial office for assessment.

Fast track: We can prioritise a manuscript through peer review and production. The manuscript still receives our usual peer review and checks and we do not pay peer reviewers to do this work. An additional fee applies in the case of fast-track publication (Fast Track APC €3500 + VAT, where applicable) in view of the resources required in the expedited administration of peer review and production procedures. Please contact the Editorial Office if you wish to discuss this option.