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Review process

This journal uses a double-anonymised model of peer review. Neither author nor reviewers know the identity of each other. 

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

Please note that PHN 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

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