BI Open Access journals maintain the highest standards of peer review while increasing the efficiency of the process.
All research articles published in a BI Open Access journal undergo full peer review, key characteristics of which are listed below:
All research articles are reviewed by at least two qualified experts.
All publication decisions are made by the journals' Editors-in-Chief on the basis of the reviews provided
Members of the international Editorial Boards lend insight, advice and guidance to the Editors-in-Chief generally and to assist decision making on specific submissions
Editorial Assistants provide the administrative support that allows BioIT Open Access journals to maintain the integrity of peer review while delivering rapid turnaround and maximum efficiency to authors, reviewers and editors alike.
BioIT Open Access journals additionally benefit through the manuscript referral process from the high quality peer review conducted by established journals.
Peer review of referred papers:
Editors of our Open Access journals will decide promptly whether to accept, reject, or request revisions of referred papers based on the reviews and editorial insight of the supporting journals. In addition, Editors will have the option of seeking additional reviews when needed. Authors will be advised when Editors decide further review is needed.
Peer review of novel submissions:
Articles submitted directly to a Open Access journal will be fully peer reviewed by at least two appropriately qualified experts in the field selected by the Editor-in-Chief. The Editor-in-Chief or a designated member of the Editorial Board will then decide whether to accept, reject or request revisions based on the reviews and comments received.
Editors will decide whether each submission reports well-conducted research with conclusions supported by the data presented in the paper.
Withdrawal of Manuscripts
Authors are not allowed to withdraw submitted manuscripts, because the withdrawals are waste of valuable resources that editors and referees spent a great deal of time processing submitted manuscript, money and works invested by the publisher.
However, it is unethical to withdraw a submitted manuscripts from one journal if accepted by another journal. Withdrawal of manuscripts are only allowed after withdrawal request has been made to the Publisher.
Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects
If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify these in the manuscript.
Fundamental errors in published works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.