The Strides in Development of Medical Education Journal (SDME) is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal and its purpose is providing an accurate and fair critical review of all submitted manuscripts.
To ensure the correct review process, the following steps are seriously considered:
After the submission of the manuscript by the corresponding author, the manuscript is checked firstly upon Ethics and Plagiarism issues. In case of any fraud, the manuscript is rejected. In a similar vein, the editorial office staff check the manuscript about Aim/Scope, Language and Format/Style. If there is something wrong, the manuscript is sent back to the author to be resubmitted.
All manuscripts are considered to be confidential. The associate editor will assign the manuscript to at least 2 anonymous reviewers. All reviewers are selected according to their expertise and are blinded to the authors' identities and their affiliations.
As SDME is a rapid response journal, the review process takes between 1 to 2 months. SDME decision letter determines the status of the manuscript in three ways:
1. Minor Revision:
Authors will receive comments on their manuscript and will be asked to submit a revised copy (showing all changes they have made to the manuscript using Track and Change or highlighted color) beside a response to the reviewer file in which they need to respond to each and every comment of the reviewer one by one (for each reviewer separately). Revisions should be submitted in 4 weeks after the decision letter.
2. Major Revision:
It means a chance to reorganize the manuscript to meet the required scientific criteria for another review process. Here also authors are asked to submit a revised copy (showing all changes they have made to the manuscript using Track and Change or highlighted color) beside a response to the reviewer file in which they need to respond to each and every comment of the reviewer one by one (for each reviewer separately). Revisions should be submitted in 4 weeks after the decision letter. Otherwise, authors need to go through a resubmission process.
In most cases, methodological and scientific concerns are the main origins of rejection. Causes of rejection will be sent to the authors to provide more chance for them for publication in other journals.
Accepted manuscripts will be edited according to the SDME Guide for Authors (our journal provides English language service to non-English speaking authors too) and returned to the corresponding author for final approval. All contributing authors are responsible for all statements made in their manuscript during editing and production that are authorized by the corresponding author.
Requests for publishing corrections should be sent to the editorial office. Corrections will be reviewed by editors and are published immediately and linked online to the original paper.
Below diagram shows the review process of SDME journal in detail.