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Review process

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

Manuscripts are normally reviewed by two external peer reviewers and a member of the Editorial Board.

Please note that BJN uses plagiarism-checking software to screen papers. By submitting your paper you are agreeing to any necessary originality checks your paper may undergo during the peer review process

When substantial revisions are required to manuscripts after review, normally authors are given the opportunity to do this to a maximum of two consecutive rounds of major revision; the need for any further changes should at most reflect only minor issues. If a paper requiring revision is not resubmitted within 1 month, it may, on resubmission, be deemed a new paper and the date of receipt altered accordingly. If you require an extension to this date, please let the Editorial Office know. 

Appeals process

Appeals against an editorial decision will be considered under exceptional circumstances only. Any appeal should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief via the Editorial Office ( and must be received within 3 months from the date of the rejection letter. Such appeals must state clearly the grounds for the appeal. Uninvited resubmissions will not be considered.

If you have any other concerns about the handling of a manuscript or editorial processes of the journal, please contact the Editorial Office at: or the journal’s publisher, Cambridge University Press, at