Upon receipt of the manuscript, our journal/s’ Editorial office will assign a manuscript number and send a confirmation email to the corresponding author within three to five days. Please contact the Editorial office if you have not received this confirmation.
At COPG, we use a double-blind system for peer-review. Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed by our experts and this process may take up to SIX to EIGHT weeks. Based on the comments provided by the reviewers, our editorial team will then decide to accept, reject or send back to the author/s for initial revision (chart below). The accepted article will be published (online) on the journal’s webpage.
Before reviewing a manuscript please consider the following:
Confidentiality: All submissions to the Canadian Online Publication Group‘s Journal/s are confidential; please do not discuss any parts of the submission with a third party.
Time to review the submission: The reviewer should finish evaluating the manuscript within two-three weeks. If additional time is required, please contact the editor as soon as possible or feel free to recommend alternative reviewer/s.
Potential conflicts of interests: Please disclose all conflicts of interest to the editor before reviewing the manuscript.
We really appreciate it if you could provide detailed comments and make suggestions (if needed) to our authors to improve the quality and clarity of their research work. When reviewing a manuscript, please consider the following issues:
Plagiarism: If an article is a substantial copy of another research work, or if you suspect that the results to be untrue, please contact the editor as soon as possible.
Medical Ethics: In research studies involving human subjects, the research protocol must be submitted for consideration, comment and approval to an appropriate research ethics committee and must be declared in the manuscript under the methodology sections.
At COPG we follow the ICMJE’s Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals. For more information please visit the ICMJE’s website (Preparing for Submission).
You should have the following questions in mind when reviewing a manuscript:
TITLE: Submission title should be informative and clearly describes the research work.
ABSTRACT: The abstract of a research work is critically important and should be brief and clearly describe the content of the manuscript.
INTRODUCTION: In the Introduction section, authors must clearly state the problem(s) being explored in their research study and clarify previous findings in the literature, if applicable.
METHODOLOGY: We highly recommend our authors to consider the following items in the Methodology section: 1) The research design must be appropriate for solving the problem(s) stated in the introduction section, 2) Authors must provide sufficient information for their research to be replicable. Moreover, the method for all forms of data collection must be clearly explained in this section, 3) Proper in-text citation and reference (Vancouver style) to previous research work, 4) Suitable and reliable equipment and/or software for collecting and analyzing the data.
RESULTS: In the Result section, authors must report their findings in words, tables or figures. Presented tables and figures must be original and comprehensible with informative and appropriate captions.
DISCUSSION: In the Discussion and Conclusion sections, authors must support their findings with intelligible explanations. New findings or results should not be presented in these sections. Moreover, the authors should compare their findings with relevant literature and state their study’s limitations at the end of the discussion section. All authors are required to reveal at the end of the manuscript, under a subheading ” DECLARATION OF CONFLICTING INTERESTS“, any financial and personal relationships with organizations or individuals that might have influenced their research.
REFERENCES: Authors must indicate references to the literature by using in-text citations in the “Vancouver” style. References must be listed in numerical order (1,2,3,…), and in the same order in which they are cited in the article. The reference list must appear at the end of the manuscript. ” References should follow the standards summarized in the NLM’s International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals“.
After reading and assessing the quality of the paper, please make a recommendation (Accept, Minor Revision, Major Revision, or Reject).
Accept: The paper is suitable for publication in its current form.
Minor Revision: The paper is suitable for publication after minor revisions.
Major Revision: The paper has the potential for publication after major revisions.
Reject: The paper is not suitable for publication with this journal due to fundamental issues.