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Review process

This journal uses a single-blind model of peer review. The author does not know the identity of the reviewers, but the reviewers know the identity of the author. 

All submissions will be initially assessed for suitability by the journal Editor-in-Chief (or a Handling Editor, if the Editor-in-Chief has a conflict of interest, or if she has delegated editorial responsibility for certain topic areas). After the initial assessment, submissions are single blind peer reviewed by a minimum of two independent, anonymous expert referees and the Learning Objectives and Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) are reviewed separately. Find out more about what to expect during peer review here.

No person is permitted to take any role in the peer-review of a paper in which they have an interest, defined as follows: fees or grants from, employment by, consultancy for, shared ownership in, or any close relationship with, an organisation whose interests, financial or otherwise, may be affected by the publication of the paper.

When editorial board members of this journal submit papers, the journal follows the below process:

  1. Editorial board members include a declaration of interest statement in their submission stating their role with the journal.
  2. Editorial board members submit to the journal via ScholarOne and do not take part in the review or decision-making process regarding their own paper.
  3. Editorial board members who have submitted papers to the journal are blinded from accessing information on their paper in the system and are notified of decisions in the usual way.

Appeals & Complaints

If an author believes their manuscript has been incorrectly rejected, an appeal letter can be submitted by responding to the decision email directly or contacting BJPAdvances@rcpsych.ac.uk.

To have an appeal considered, please provide full details regarding your reasoning for the appeal letter. All appeals are reviewed and discussed by the Editorial Board with a final decision communicated to the author via email. We can consider only one appeal per manuscript.

Please direct all complaints to the Editor-in-Chief or the editorial office at BJPAdvances@rcpsych.ac.uk.