Guide to Referees

Guide to Referees

Peer review

The Psychosomatic Medicine Research editors are very appreciated for the reviewers whose thoughtful comments and critiques are essential to improve the quality of the articles. Reviewers should keep the confidential information to themselves. Three types of contribution to Psychosomatic Medicine Research journal are peer-reviewed: Articles, Reviews, Hypothesis. We recommend peer-reviewers to submit their reports via our online system. For any general questions and comments about the peer-review process, the journal or its editorial policies, we encourage reviewers to contact us by e-mail.

The primary criterion
To be published in a Psychosomatic Medicine Research journal, a paper should meet five general criteria: 
1. Relevant to the science of human life.
2. Provides strong evidence for its conclusions. 
3. Novel (Especially from interdisciplinary perspective). 
4. Of certain importance to scientists in multiple fields. 
5. Interesting to researchers in all related disciplines.

The review process
Only those papers that seem likely to meet our editorial criteria are sent for formal review, typically to two or three reviewers. The editors then make a decision based on the reviewers' advice:
1. Accept, with or without editorial revisions 
2. Revise their manuscript to be acceptable for publication before a final decision is reached, including major revision and minor revision.
3. Reject temporarily and permit resubmission 
4. Reject and no more resubmission.



Please tell us if you were unable to fully assess any particular part of the manuscript when it is outside the scope of your expertise. After declined manuscripts are transferred to another journal in the TMR publish group the referee comments are also transferred, and can be used to determine the suitability of publication at the receiving journal.