The peer review process at the Journal of Reproduction and Infertility (JRI) includes the following steps:
- Authors submit an article.
- The Editor-in-chief verifies relevance of the article to the journal's policy for publishing such papers and then, assigns associate editors, including biostatistician, for initial evaluation.
- Associate editors suggest peer-reviewers, who are authorities in the selected fields (usually three). If the manuscript is not approved for further evaluation, they ask Editor-in-chief to reject the paper without peer reviewing (Fast rejection).
- To help decide on the merits of the paper and reach a common conclusion on the paper's suitability for publication, the Editor-in-chief usually asks for an editorial board gathering to study the peer-reviewer's comments.
- The authors may be asked to respond to the questions raised by reviewers if the paper is accepted for publication or a rejection letter is sent if not accepted.
- The author/s are to respond in due time and clarify ambiguities if any.
- Upon receiving the revised paper, the reviewers (usually two out of three and the biostatistician) check for the author/s feedbacks on their comments.
- Upon the last round of review (mentioned at 7), and their approval, the paper is revised by editors and it is put in the queue for publication.