Here at the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine we are always on the lookout for interesting papers, be they original research articles, case studies, professional development or reviews. Below we have outlined the submissions and peer review process to hopefully make it less daunting. Maybe you have an idea for a paper but would like to discuss it before submitting? If so, please do get in touch with the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to go through it with you!
We have four issues per year (printed twice a year) and aim to get your paper published online as soon as possible. As an author you will also receive 50 free e-prints of your manuscript to share as you wish.
The paper submission process for the Journal is largely the same for all article types. All manuscripts for consideration need to be submitted to the journal’s ScholarOne website, which you can find at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cjau. Under the Author tab, click ‘start a new submission’ to begin.
When you begin the process of submitting your manuscript to ScholarOne, you will be required to select an article type from a number of options:
- Book Review
- A Backward Glance
- Scientific and Technical
- IMI Gallery
- Special Gallery
- Gallery Frontispiece
- Professional Development
The Gallery submission (in italics) process is slightly different to regular submissions, as it requires less information to the process that is outlined here.
Once you have inputted all of the necessary information and completed the submission form, you will be asked to upload your files. Two files are required as a minimum: an anonymous version, from which all identifying information has been removed (Main document); and a full, named version that includes a Title page (File not for review). The files that you upload must be easily editable (.doc, rather than .pdf, or pages for example). This will help to ensure that your manuscript moves through to the review process without delay.
Further information on submission can be found on the Taylor & Francis website, which also hosts the journal’s Instructions For Authors. Head to http://www.tandfonline.com/ijau for more details. It is important to read these thoroughly and ensure that your submission complies with the guidelines outlined, as this will help to avoid unnecessary delay to the peer review process.
Ensuring that you have submitted your files in the correct format and with all the required information will help to ensure that your manuscript passes through the technical check first time. Your manuscript will go through initial checks to ensure a) that all the required information is present, and b) to ensure double-blind peer review. If your manuscript does not pass through the technical check, you will receive an email letting you know the changes that need to be made before peer review.
Once your submission has passed the technical check, your manuscript will undergo peer review. It will be assigned to a Section Editor by the Editor-in-Chief based on article type and expertise, who will send your manuscript out for review. It is difficult to predict how long this part of the process will take, as peer review is undertaken by external reviewers who operate voluntarily. Taylor & Francis is committed to peer-review integrity and upholding the highest standards of review. Once your paper has been assessed for suitability by the editor, it will then be double blind peer-reviewed by independent, anonymous expert referees. Double blind peer review means that the referees will not know the identity of the author, and vice versa.
At this point, no further action will need to be taken by you until notified otherwise.
When a decision has been made on your manuscript you will receive an email from the editor to update you on its status, outlining any further action.
If your manuscript is accepted, it will be sent to our production team for the next steps. If your manuscript receives a revise decision, you will have a given amount of time to submit the revised version of your manuscript based on the comments provided to. This amount of time is dependent upon the editorial decision and how much change is required, and can range between two and twelve weeks.