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New - Manuscript Transfer Service

 

Child Care in Practice has recently joined the Taylor and Francis Manuscript Transfer Service whereby authors whose manuscripts are reject on the grounds of being unsuitable for the journal are subsequently offered the option to have the article submitted to a Cogent journal.

 When reviewing a paper for the journal you may decide that the paper is sound but not suitable for Child Care in Practice. In this case, you simply select a new decision option in the editorial system called ‘Reject – manuscript is unsuitable’. Please note that this is only an option – you can still reject in the normal way if you prefer. However, if you choose the ‘Reject – manuscript is unsuitable’ option, the author will be given the option of transferring their paper to a Cogent title, along with any peer reviewers’ comments if the paper has been through the peer review process by this point. A Cogent editor receiving a transferred manuscript will make independent editorial decisions on the need for further rounds of review and subsequent acceptance or rejection. Any transferred reviews remain anonymous except to the editor of the receiving journal.

 T&F’s Cogent titles are multidisciplinary, open access journals that evaluate submissions on the basis of their scholarly or scientific validity and methodology, rather than the importance or significance of the work. Therefore, if an article is academically sound but is out of scope or not ‘significant’ enough for your journal, it could be considered for publication in a Cogent journal. Papers that fail to meet the minimum standards of a scholarly article (before peer review) or are considered fundamentally flawed or unsound (after your peer review) would not be offered this option.

 

 

 Guidance for Reviewers

 The peer-review process is vital to maintaining and enhancing the professional status of the journal; it helps to ensure objectivity, lack of bias, and ultimately the quality standards now expected in Child Care in Practice publications.

The journal uses ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly Manuscript Central) to peer review manuscript submissions. The assistant editor will send all invitations to review via the Child Care in Practice ScholarOne site. New reviewers can create an account here.

Comments Directed To The Authors Should Demonstrate That: 

  • You have carefully and thoroughly read the article.

  • Your criticisms are objective, are not merely differences of opinion, and are intended to help the author improve his or her paper.

If in your judgment an article is poorly researched, poorly written, or poorly documented, write a critique that will uncover the weaknesses but also guide the author toward an acceptable revision or to an understanding of why the paper was not accepted.

While reviews are returned to the authors with the reviewer’s anonymity maintained please take into consideration that your comments to the author will be read by the author, the assistant editor, and in the event of conflicting opinions a member of the editorial board.

Finally, if the reviewer is aware that the article is essentially a duplicate or is highly similar to previously published work by different authors, they should immediately bring their concerns to the attention of the assistant editor.

Thank you for giving up your time voluntarily! I have found that most authors genuinely appreciate constructive criticism.

Cait Morgan
Assistant Editor
Child Care in Practice
6 College Park
Belfast, BT7 1LP
E-Mail: childcareinpractice@qub.ac.uk
Tel: 0044 (0) 2890975912