Peer Review Policy
All submitted manuscripts passed preliminary check then will be sent to the relevant editor (the Editor-in-Chief/Editorial Board Member of a journal or the Guest Editor of a Special Issue) to check whether it can be sent to peer review. Editors will consider the peer-reviewed reports when making a decision, but are not bound by the opinions or recommendations therein. A concern raised by a single peer reviewer or the Editor may result in the manuscript being rejected. Authors receive peer review reports with the editorial decision on their manuscript.
Please note that MRE Press journals follow the standards of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals.
2. Peer Review Process
Type of Peer Review
MRE Press operates a double-blind peer-review system to assess a manuscript, where the identities of both the reviewer and the author are kept unknown to each other throughout the review process.
Selection of Reviewers
Reviewer selection is based on expertise, reputation, specific recommendations, conflict of interest, etc.
Potential reviewers should inform the Editor of any possible Conflicts of Interest before accepting an invitation to review a manuscript. Communications between Editors and reviewers contain confidential information that should not be shared with third parties. For more information, please visit For Reviewers and Editorial Policies and Research Ethics.
3. Privacy and Confidentiality
In MRE Press journals, manuscripts must be reviewed with due respect for authors’ confidentiality. In submitting their manuscripts for review, authors entrust editors with the results of their scientific work and creative effort, on which their reputation and career may depend. This means you cannot share the contents of the manuscript with anyone without prior authorization from the editor. Since peer review is confidential, you also must not share information about the review with anyone without permission from the editors and authors.
Information concerning the manuscript (including the content of the manuscript, the status of the review process, peer review comments, and editorial decisions, etc.) must not be disclosed by the editor to anyone other than the author and reviewers.
Reviewers and editors must respect the rights of authors, and must not publicly discuss the authors’ work or misappropriate their ideas before the manuscript is published. Without the permission of the editor, reviewers are not allowed to make copies of the manuscripts and are prohibited from sharing the manuscript with others.
4. Conflict of Interest in Reviewing Process
Reviewers should declare their conflicts of interest and recuse themselves from the peer-review process if a conflict exists. For details, please refer to ICMJE.
MRE Press requires editorial staff or editors not be involved in processing their own academic work. Guest Editors should not hold conflicts of interest with authors whose work they are assessing (e.g., from the same institution or collaborate closely). In this case, the Editor-in-Chief or a suitable Editorial Board member will make final acceptance decisions for submitted papers.
5. Publication Ethics Statement
It is essential that all who participate in producing the journal, who conduct themselves as authors, reviewers and editors, strictly adhere to the highest level of professional ethical standards. By submitting a manuscript to this journal, each author explicitly confirms that the manuscript meets the highest ethical standards from the author and coauthors including proper statistical investigations and thorough ethical reviews by the data owning organizations.
MRE Press follow the best practices such as those outlined by these organizations:
Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)
Council of Scientific Editors (CSE)
National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
World association of Medical editors (WAME)
World Medical Association (WMA)