Editorial process

For standard intervention reviews we aim for a range of 12-19 weeks from acceptance onto the Fast-Track Service to publication. For reviews with complex methodology (e.g. DTA reviews, prognostic reviews, reviews involving complex interventions) this process may take longer.

Review and protocol submitted via fast-track@cochrane.org
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Application triaged by Fast-Track Team
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Recommendation to a) send to peer review b) reject 

Please note that only manuscripts requiring minor or no revisions will be accepted for peer review. Manuscripts requiring methodological revisions will be rejected

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Plagiarism software run on manuscripts accepted for peer review
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Manuscript sent to methods and content peer referees. Peer referees provide comments and give a recommendation: accept with no revisions, accept with amendments or reject
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Decision to accept or reject based on peer referee comments
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Final revisions and copy-editing
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Publication