Revista Colombiana de Endocrinología, Diabetes y Metabolismo operates a double-blind peer-review system through the following stages:
Document review to formalize submission. Two documents requested by the journal must be attached to papers submitted: a conflict-of-interest form, duly completed by all authors, and a letter of submission and commitment, introducing the manuscript, reaffirming its originality, and preventing simultaneous application.
Editorial review (antiplagiarism and permissions). If the documents to formalize submission to the journal are delivered, manuscripts will be checked for originality and good use of texts or content protected by copyright using antiplagiarism software.
Authors should avoid using, reproducing, or adapting figures, images, or tables from other sources without due authorization; authors should prepare their graphic material. If authors need to reproduce any figure, image, or table from another source, they must send the relevant permits to the journal on behalf of the copyright holder (person, journal, publisher, or organization). The journal will not process any permit for authors, as it is their responsibility. Failure to process these permits or submitting a manuscript that reproduces unauthorized content will be grounds for rejection.
Finally, the manuscript will be reviewed for structure. If necessary, the editor-in-chief or the responsible editor will request adjustments from authors or even discard its publication due to quality issues, irrelevance for the journal’s theme spectrum, or any ethical consideration.
Peer review. Once manuscripts pass the application formalization and editorial review stages, they will begin their peer-review process. The journal will find expert peers on the subject of each manuscript and invite them to read them thoroughly to establish their scientific quality. Possible outcomes of this peer review include:
- Manuscript approved without changes; 2) manuscript approved with minor changes; 3) manuscript with approval conditional on major adjustments (subject to verification); 4) manuscript rejected.
If contradictory opinions are expressed —one reviewer approves, and another rejects the manuscript—, it will be submitted to review by a third party or to review and decision by the editor-in-chief or the responsible editor.
Corrections and correction verification. Request for corrections, adjustments, and clarifications from the authors of the manuscripts is entirely usual in peer review. The journal’s editor or the editorial coordinating area will establish the deadlines for correction according to complexity.
If an author cannot meet the suggested deadline for correction, the editor must be informed and receive an explanation. Repeated failure to meet the deadlines for correction will result in the rejection of the manuscript, and the author will not be able to resubmit it to the journal.
Moreover, authors who are asked for major corrections will only have a single opportunity to rectify them if the responsible editor or the reviewers consider that the article has not wholly solved its issues. Faced with a failed rectification by the authors, the case will be assigned to the editor-in-chief or the editorial and scientific board. They may terminate the process of a manuscript due to dissatisfaction with the adjustments.
Results. The journal will issue an official result twice: once the reviewers’ opinions have been consolidated and upon receiving and checking the corrections. The second result may be positive or negative, according to the quality and thoroughness of the corrections made by the authors. The final decision, then, will be this second result after verification of the adjustments.
Timing. The process of reviewing a manuscript, between submission and final decision, will take one quarter on average. According to the subject and the availability of peers, some processes may end in less time, and others may take a little longer.
In any case, the journal will try to provide a result as soon as possible for authors to be sure of its publication or submit the manuscript to another journal if rejected.