Clarification and Appeals

If something in the editor’s decision letter or the review materials is unclear or inconsistent, authors may email questions to the editorial office to request clarification from the editor before revising their manuscript.

Editors cannot discuss the review process directly with authors. All correspondence about your submission must be emailed to the editorial office (not the editor) and should come from the designated corresponding author on the manuscript.

The managing editor will upload your written clarification request to the peer review system where it will only be visible to the editor and the associate editor (reviewers will not see authors’ clarification requests). The editor will decide whether to consult with the associate editor, and the editor will provide a response that will be archived in the system (reviewers will not see the editor’s response).

Requiring written requests for clarification is not meant to act as a barrier. This process ensures good record-keeping, gives the editor sufficient time to reflect on answers, and allows the editor to consult with the AE before responding.

Note: JCR does not provide or approve formal revision plans. The editor will consider your request and try to provide the best possible feedback. However, clarification from the editor does not guarantee a positive outcome and should not be mistaken as a signal of approval of a specific revision plan. If a revised manuscript is submitted, it will be evaluated by the entire review team.


Appealing an Editor’s Decision

(posted July 24, 2019)

The purpose of the appeal process at JCR is to provide authors with an opportunity to overturn factual or procedural errors by the review team that materially affected the editor’s decision. Subjective factors such as the evaluative judgment of the editor, the perceived fairness of the decision, and whether the concerns are addressable are not grounds for appeal.

Authors who wish to appeal a decision should submit a letter of appeal to the editorial office within 120 days of receiving the decision letter. The letter of appeal should be no longer than three pages and should describe the factual or procedural errors that were made and provide evidence from the decision letter that said errors were material to the editor’s decision.

If you have any questions, contact the editorial office.