Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Gut Pathogens operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous.
The benefit of single-blind peer review is that it is the traditional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.

Manuscripts submitted to Gut Pathogens will be examined by the Editor-in-Chief before being sent for peer review. Manuscripts will be sent to two reviewers, one of which may be a member of the Gut Pathogens Editorial Board with specialist knowledge in the area of the submitted manuscript. If conflicting recommendations arise from the peer-review, the manuscript will be sent for further review. Statisticians will be consulted where needed, and final decisions will be made by the Editor-in-Chief with consultation of the Editorial Board.

Edited by Niyaz Ahmed and Leonardo Sechi, Gut Pathogens is supported by an expert Editorial Board.