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Peer Review Policies:
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Please read the peer review policies of Case Reports International here:

All papers submitted to Case Reports International undergo double-blind, external peer review.

Case Reports International is committed to providing its authors a through and fast review process with "submission to first decision" time being less than six weeks.

After a manuscript is submitted, it is reviewed by a member of the Editorial Board. If the manuscript passes the Editorial review, it is sent to external reviewers for double-blind peer review. In the double-blind peer review process neither the reviewers nor the authors know the identity of each other. This enables an unbiased and accurate review of the manuscript.

The reviewers are selected on the basis of their area of expertise and interests, their reputation and our past experience with the reviewers. The reviewers will be sent an invitation to review the manuscript. If the reviewer accepts the offer to review the manuscript, they will be sent the complete manuscript and a Manuscript Review Form.

In all cases, reviewers will be asked to declare any conflict of interest based on the contents of the manuscript. If a conflict of interest exists, the reviewers are requested to decline to review the manuscript.

We strive to provide authors with a fast review process with 'submission to first decision' time being less than six weeks. We request you to help us in reducing the decision time as much as possible by providing your valuable reviews on time. As you are authors yourself, you will realize that it is very frustrating for authors to wait for months or years to receive reviewer's comments for their manuscript. We request the reviewers to respond promptly to messages from Editorial Office and inform us if they are unavailable for any length of time.

When a manuscript is sent to you for evaluation it will be accompanied by a Manuscript Review Form. You are requested to use the form for reviewing the manuscript. Using a form will save your time to review the manuscript and ensure a more structured and accurate review.

The Manuscript Review Form has two sections - 'Comments transmitted to authors' and 'Confidential comments for Editors'. Anything written in the "Comments transmitted to authors" will be sent to the authors. You can use the section "Confidential comments for Editors" to send any confidential comments to the Editors, which will not be transmitted to the authors.

You can submit the completed Manuscript Review Form using 'Submit Review' page of Case Reports International website under 'For Reviewers' tab which can be accessed from the left column. You can also send the completed Manuscript Review Form as email attachments to the following email address: Submit Manuscript Review Form as email attachment.

Please provide an objective critical assessment of the manuscript about the concept of the study, relevance in relation to current scientific knowledge, scientific content, language and grammar. You will be asked to make a recommendation for publishing the manuscript. Please provide reasons for your recommendations.

If you believe that the manuscript needs changes for improvement before it is accepted for publication, please make the suggestions on how to improve it. If the comments are negative please help the authors in improving their manuscript by explaining weaknesses in scientific content or language. We do not tolerate any offensive language in the comments. We may edit the reviewer's comments for any errors in facts or language or to remove confidential information.

The review process is a confidential communication between the Reviewers, Editors, Editorial Staff and the Corresponding author. Please do not discuss any manuscript received for review from Case Reports International, with anyone not directly involved in the review process.

Based on the reviewer's comments the assigned Editor will take the final decision about the acceptance or rejection of the manuscript. The Editor may decide to: 1) accept the manuscript with major or minor revisions, 2) invite authors to resubmit the manuscript after revisions while the final decision is kept pending, or 3) reject the manuscript. Editorial decision in all cases will be based on the arguments of the reviewers and authors.

When the manuscript review process is complete, reviewer's and editor's comments are sent back to the author with the editorial decision. If the authors are asked to resubmit the manuscript with changes and response to comments, we may send the revised manuscript and author's responses to the Reviewer for further review.

We realize that reviewing the manuscripts poses an extra burden on the reviewer's precious time. As an appreciation for their valuable services and taking out time to review the manuscripts, for every completed peer review we will be offering the reviewers a 20% discount on the Article Publication Charges, for one manuscript, if they submit their manuscripts to Case Reports International. As a further token of encouragements to the reviewers, we will acknowledge the reviewer's contribution in the annual statement published in Case Reports International. The reviewers will also receive the table of contents for every volume of Case Reports International in their email before the articles are published online. Please see 'Privileges' section in the left menu of this website.

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