JPCRR Peer Review Policy

Editors rapidly review each new submission to gauge its worthiness for double-blind peer review. Every submission sent out for peer review is blinded of authorship identifiers and receives a minimum of two and typically three or more anonymous reviews. Once all reviews have been received by the editors, corresponding authors are given editorial decisions along with the anonymous reviewer feedback. Most manuscripts require revisions prior to acceptance. If invited to revise and resubmit a manuscript, authors are responsible for completing the requested revisions in a timely manner, as stipulated by the decision letter.

Final decisions on submissions are ultimately the responsibility of the JPCRR editorial board, which makes determinations based on reviewer recommendations, author responses and revisions, and the paper’s novelty, clarity and relevance to the journal’s aims and scope. Editorial decisions are not affected by the origins of the manuscript, including the nationality, ethnicity, political beliefs, race or religion of the authors. Submissions by members of the editorial board are processed by the managing editor and production team to ensure blinded peer reviewers are used and unbiased reviews obtained. Copyright infringement and plagiarism are not tolerated.

During the review process, editors do not disclose any information about the submission to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers and other editorial advisers. Any manuscripts received for review be treated as confidential documents. Editors strive to ensure that peer review is fair, unbiased and timely. The journal encourages reviewers to comment on ethical questions and possible misconduct raised by submissions (e.g., unethical research design, insufficient detail on patient consent or protection of research subjects [including animals], inappropriate data manipulation), and to be alert to redundant publication and plagiarism.

Reviews are conducted objectively and include supporting arguments for observations so that authors can use them for improving the paper. Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. The journal acknowledge the contribution of volunteer reviewers to the journal in an annual supplement, and ceases to use reviewers who consistently produce discourteous, poor quality or late reviews.

Human and Animal Rights, Informed Consent

Original research or any report involving research using human or animal subjects must have appropriate Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approvals or determinations prior to submitting. You may be required to provide proof of appropriate oversight.

Identifying information, including names, initials or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs or pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent must be obtained if there is any doubt that anonymity can be maintained.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

All authors should disclose in their submission any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project must be disclosed at time of submission.

Additional Policies


Philosophy of Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews

For more information, please see Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details regarding the preferred formatting of the initial submission. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file. It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Rights for Authors and SHARE @ Advocate Health - Midwest

As further described in the Submission Agreement, in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to SHARE @ Advocate Health - Midwest all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal-use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exception or by written agreement of Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews, requires credit to SHARE @ Advocate Health - Midwest as copyright holder (e.g., SHARE @ Advocate Health - Midwest © 2024).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from SHARE @ Advocate Health - Midwest provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the SHARE @ Advocate Health - Midwest website and/or software agree not to misuse the Advocate Aurora Health Institutional Repository service or software in any way.

The failure of SHARE @ Advocate Health - Midwest to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between SHARE @ Advocate Health - Midwest and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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