Biochemia Medica gives equal consideration to every carefully performed study investigating an important question relevant to the Journal’s readership, whether the results are negative or positive.
Each manuscript received is evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief. The manuscripts that do not meet the main criteria listed in the Instructions for authors are returned to authors. Contributions that qualify for further consideration are further processed. Each manuscript is subjected to the additional editorial review of the methodological quality, statistical analysis, and data presentation. The estimated time from submission to the first decision is 6-8 weeks. Authors are usually given 4 weeks for manuscript revision.
Editor-in-Chief has full authority over the whole editorial process and also decision making responsibility.
Manuscripts that meet the scope of the Journal and are prepared according to Instructions for authors are sent to peer-review. Biochemia Medica favors double blinded peer-review process which means that both reviewer and author remain unknown to each other. It is our belief that this model ensures objectivity during the process. All manuscripts are reviewed by at least two peer-reviewers. Each author may suggest up to three reviewers and also point out reviewers that he wishes to avoid. Editors are not obliged to follow author’s suggestions and final choice of reviewers is made according to the manuscript´s subject. The manuscript may be reviewed additionally by a statistical reviewer if shown necessary.
Biochemia Medica advises its reviewers to adhere to the Journal’s Guidelines for peer-reviewers available on the Journal webpage. In order to improve peer-review process and maintain high quality reviews, all peer-reviewers are encouraged to use Reviewer’s Check List while reviewing the manuscript. For additional information on ethical standards in peer-review process, all reviewers are instructed to read the article Šupak-Smolčić V, Šimundić AM. Peer-review policy and guidelines for Biochemia Medica journal. Biochem Med (Zagreb) 2014;24:321-8.
In order to improve our editorial procedure and detect potential non-conformities, Editorial Board occasionally conducts research to obtain the information needed. All manuscripts submitted to Biochemia Medica may be used for such research. Also, Biochemia Medica archives all submitted manuscripts whether rejected or accepted and keeps them strictly confidential.
Editors may occasionally also wish to submit manuscripts to Biochemia Medica. All manuscripts submitted by the editors are considered and processed the same way as all other manuscripts received by the Journal and according to ethical standards for good editorial practice (available at: http://publicationethics.org/files/Code%20of%20Conduct_2.pdf). In order to assure impartial decision making and avoid potential conflict of interest, author of such manuscript is excluded from any editorial handling of the manuscript (review, editing and final decision).
All authors are welcome to submit an appeal if they feel there were irregularities during the submission process or if they do not agree with Editor-in-Chief’s decision. It is Editor-in-Chief’s responsibility to provide an answer based on the stated editorial policy and in the timely manner. All appeals can be sent to the Biochemia Medica e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Readers and authors are also welcome to submit comments to published articles. Authors of criticized article have the opportunity to respond to such comments. All such written material should be submitted as any other manuscript through on-line submission system.