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British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research, ISSN: 2231-0614,Vol.: 16, Issue.: 12

 

Case Study

 

A Case of Pediatric Pertussis Unhesitatingly Diagnosed with the Insight of Microbiology Laboratory

 

 

Ayaka Horiuchi1, Noriko Kubota1,2, Eiko Hidaka1,2, Tomohiko Nakamura2,3, Kozue Oana4,5 and Yoshiyuki Kawakami4,5*

1Department of Laboratory Medicine, Nagano Children’s Hospital, Azumino 399-8288, Japan.

2Department of Life Science Research Center, Nagano Children’s Hospital, Azumino 399-8288, Japan.

3Division of Infection Control, Nagano Children’s Hospital, Azumino 399-8288, Japan.

4Department of Health and Medical Sciences, Shinshu University Graduate School of Medicine, Matsumoto 390-8621, Japan.

5Department of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences, Division of Clinical Microbiology, School of Health Sciences, Shinshu University School of Medicine, Matsumoto 390-8621, Japan.

 

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1. Up to 6th August, 2012, all SDI journals followed strict double blind review policy to ensure neutral evaluation. During this review process identity of both the authors and reviewers are kept hidden to ensure unbiased evaluation. More information is available in this link.

 

2. We have migrated to transparent and toughest ‘Advanced OPEN peer review’ system (Detailed general information is available in this link). Identity of the authors and reviewers will be revealed to each other during this review process. This transparent process will help to eradicate any possible malicious/purposeful interference by any person (publishing staff, reviewer, editor, author, etc) during peer review. As a result of this unique system all reviewers will get their due recognition and respect, once their names are published with the papers (Example Link). If reviewers do not want to reveal their identities, we will honour that request. In that case only the review reports will be published as ‘anonymous reviewer report’.

 

3. Additionally ‘Advanced OPEN peer review’ greatly helps in ‘continuity and advancement of science’. We strongly believe that all the files related to peer review of a manuscript are valuable and hold an important place in the continuity and advancement of science. If publishers publish the peer review reports along with published papers, this process can result in savings of thousands of hours of future authors during experiments, manuscript preparation, etc. by minimizing the common errors after reading these previously published peer review reports. Therefore, as per our new official policy update, if the manuscript is published, all peer review reports will be available to the readers. All files (like original manuscript, comments of the reviewers, revised manuscript, and editorial comment (if any)) related to the peer review, will be available in “Review history” link along with the published paper (Example Link).

 

4. Additionally we believe that one of the main objectives of peer review system is ‘to improve the quality of a candidate manuscript’. Normally we try to publish the ‘average marks (out of 10)’ a manuscript received at initial peer review stage and at final publication stage to record its history of improvement during peer review. This process further increases the transparency. It is more important to record honestly the ‘strength and weakness of a manuscript’ than claiming that 'our peer review system is perfect’. Therefore, these transparent processes (i.e. publication of review history files and scores of a particular manuscript) additionally give a clear idea of the strength and weakness of a published paper to the readers, which enhances the chances of proper use of the result of a research (and or reduces the chances of misuse of the weakness of the findings of the paper). Thus this transparent process may prove to be highly beneficial for the society in long run.

 

 

Specific Comment

Average Peer review marks at initial stage: 8.5/10

Average Peer review marks at publication stage: 9/10

Peer review history

 

Stage Description File 1 File 2 Date
Stage 1 Original Manuscript File 1 NA May 22, 2016
Stage 2 Peer review report_1(Germano Manuel Pires, Mozambique) File 1 NA Jun 02, 2016
Stage 2 Peer review report_2(Guadalupe GarcĂ­a-Elorriaga, Mexico) File 1 NA May 31, 2016
Stage 2 Peer review report_3(Anwara Ogbonnaya Akpu, Nigeria) File 1 File 2 Jun 02, 2016
Stage 2 Revised MS v1 and Feedback v1 File 1 File 2 Jun 08, 2016
Stage 3 Comment_Editor_1_v1 File 1 NA Jun 13, 2016
Stage 3 Revised MS v2 and Feedback v2 File 1 File 2 Jun 15, 2016
Stage 3 Comment_Editor_1_v2 File 1 File 2 Jun 16, 2016
Stage 3 Revised MS v3 and Feedback v3 File 1 File 2 Jun 20, 2016
Stage 3 Comment_Editor_1_v3 File 1 File 2 Jun 22, 2016
Stage 3 Revised MS v4 and Feedback v4 File 1 File 2 Jun 23, 2016
Stage 3 Comment_Editor_1_v4 File 1 NA Jun 30, 2016
Stage 3 Revised MS v5 and Feedback v5 File 1 File 2 Jul 01, 2016
Stage 3 Comment_Editor_2_v1 File 1 NA Jul 04, 2016
Stage 3 Revised MS v6 and Feedback v6 File 1 File 2 Jul 05, 2016
Stage 3 Comment_Editor_3_v1 File 1 NA Jul 09, 2016

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