Peer Review

PEER REVIEW POLICY

INITIAL ASSESSMENT:
The manuscript is immediately acknowledged, and initial screening is done for its suitability according to journal guidelines, originality, and similarity index. If the manuscript is found satisfactory, it is sent to two or more external reviewers.

PEER REVIEW:
JSHMDC is a peer-reviewed journal. Double blind peer-review policy is followed. After initial assessment, the manuscript is sent to two reviewers and 3 weeks’ time is given for review. In case reviewer doesn’t submit the review in 3 weeks’ time, a reminder is sent. If the reviewer doesn’t respond in one week after reminder, then the manuscript is sent to 3rd reviewer. Each reviewer will be asked to evaluate not more than two manuscripts for each issue of this semi-annual journal. The authors can suggest reviewers themselves with affiliation and contact details of the reviewers in cover letter, but it is up to the editor to accept it. Reviewers must assure that:
• Each manuscript is critically assessed for the originality, importance, and quality of research work.
• The title and objectives of the study are in line with the conclusion.
• Rationale of the study is mentioned.
• Presence of Study design, duration & place where study was conducted, inclusion & exclusion criteria, methodology and statistical analysis.
• Presentation of result must be supported by tables and figures
• New findings must have been discussed and compared with previous data.
• Conclusion, Strengths, limitations of the study and future recommendations must be mentioned.
• Source of funding must be declared.
• Acknowledgements if any.
Reviewers should declare any conflict of interest to the editor and must complete the review within specified time period (usually four weeks). Reviewers should fill the review form sent with the manuscript.

On receipt of comments, reviewer's comments are communicated to the author. The author will be given 2 weeks to incorporate the reviewers’ comments in the revised manuscript. The revised version of the article is checked for incorporation of suggested changes. A period of 2-4 months is set to finalize the process and if approved, letter of acceptance is issued to the author.
Due to blind peer review policy, details of the reviewers are not shared publicly. However, the details can be provided to national and international indexing agencies (e.g. HEC Pakistan, PMC, Scopus, DOAJ etc.) on demand.