The scientific quality of the publications is maintained by an eminent editorial team as listed here.
Editor-in-Chief: As per the ICMJE guidelines, the editor-in-chief is ultimately responsible for editorial decisions. The editor-in-chief can reject any article at any time before publication, including after acceptance, if concerns arise about the integrity of the work.
The editorial team: The editorial team consists of a limited number of experts. They work together with the editor-in-chief to ensure the scientific quality of the published articles.
Concerns about published articles: If any allegation is made against a published article, it will be investigated by the Editor-in-Chief. It is mandatory that the person who raises the allegation discloses any conflict of interest. Two of the most appropriate editorial team will be assigned the task of investigating the case. After a thorough investigation, they will make a recommendation to the editor-in-chief either to dismiss the allegation, or to publish an erratum, corrigendum or retraction. The editor-in-chief will make a decision based on the recommendation. The decision will be published.
If the allegation is against a manuscript published by a member of the editorial team, then it will be handled by the publisher independent of the editorial team. A minimum of two experts will be assigned the task of investigating the case. To maintain transparency, the actions taken, and the outcome will be published.
Concerns about accepted, but not yet published articles: Accepted articles undergo copy editing by the in-house editorial staff before being published. If any concerns are noticed at this stage, it will be brought to the attention of the managing editor and the Editor-in-Chief. They will discuss the issue with the authors, and the article will be published only if the concerns are fully addressed.
Appeal for fair review: If an author for correspondence believes that his or her article did not receive a fair review, and rejected unjustly, the author can make an official complaint via [email protected] Again, a similar procedure as described above will be followed. The editor-in-chief will make the final decision based on the recommendations. This will be final, and no further appeal is possible.
If the appeal is from one of the editorial team members about his or her article, then it will be handled by the publisher independent of the editorial team as described above. The decision of the independent experts will be final, and a copy of the decision will be sent to the author.