Information for Authors - Manuscript Processing and Review

     Review process


Submit your manuscript to the Journal's manuscript management system, Editorial Manager, at Each new manuscript receives a unique number, and information on the manuscript is recorded in the Editorial Manager database. The editorial staff releases information on manuscripts only to authors. The Editorial Office will e-mail a letter to the corresponding author acknowledging receipt of a manuscript, whether new or a resubmission.

Review process

Each manuscript is assigned to an associate editor who has expertise on the subject of the manuscript. After review by the associate editor, if the manuscript is judged to be appropriate and competitive for publication in CMGH, it is sent to experts in the appropriate area for peer review. The associate editor chooses reviewers, who remain anonymous. Authors are encouraged to suggest an associate editor and 2 to 5 reviewers in the cover letter, though final assignments are at the discretion of the editor.

Reviewers provide comments for the editor and for the authors. The Journal expects reviewers to treat manuscripts as confidential communications and not to use the content for their own purposes or make copies of manuscript files or printed materials. Reviewers are also expected to declare to the editor any possible conflicts of interest.


The single most important criterion for acceptance is the originality of the work. However, a decision to accept a manuscript is not based solely on the scientific validity of its content. Other factors affecting decisions include the extent and importance of new information in the paper compared with that in other papers being considered, the Journal's need to represent a wide range of topics, and the overall suitability for CMGH. Decision letters usually, but not always, convey all factors considered for a particular decision. Occasionally, the comments to the authors may appear to be inconsistent with the editorial decision, which takes into consideration reviewers' comments to the editor, as well as the additional factors listed above.

Decisions on peer-reviewed papers are typically e-mailed to the authors within 14–21 days from the date of submission.

We make every effort to contact authors within 2 days for manuscripts that are rejected internally without peer review.

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