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Peer Review Process

Selection for publication
Each manuscript will be read by the editors to decide whether it should be further reviewed. It will be subjected to a standard plagiarism check and those selected for review will be sent anonymously to peer reviewers.

Peer review
The journal uses a double blind peer review process. Reviewers are requested to treat submissions as confidential communications and not to share their content with anyone except colleagues they have asked to assist them in reviewing, or to use content for their own purposes. They are asked to declare any conflict of interest (such as personal ties to authors), and not to copy manuscripts.

All articles will be submitted anonymously to the Editorial Board. Members of the board assess articles on the basis of importance of the research problem, scientific strength, clarity of presentation and appropriateness for readers of the SLJA. 

A research article or clinical investigation goes to two reviewers and a third statistical reviewer, if necessary. If diverse opinions are received from the reviewers, then a fourth reviewer is used. Case reports go to only one reviewer. The peer-review process can take up to two months to complete but is usually less.

Editors reserve the right to modify style, shorten articles, make editorial corrections where necessary, and to determine priority and time of publication.

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