EDITORIAL POLICY

 

I. Focus and Scope
 
Philippine Journal of Nephrology (PJN) is a peer-reviewed, English language, medical science journal published twice a year by the Philippine Society of Nephrology Inc. 
 
We encourage submissions from all fields of nephrology both pediatric and adult; including kidney transplantation, urology, renal pathology and other fields or specialty that is relevant to the clinical practice of nephrology.
 
The following are the articles included in our publication: 

1. Original articles

Original articles describe investigations and original research that represent new and significant contributions and new information in Nephrology. 

2. Review articles

Review articles examine major areas or sub-areas in the field of Nephrology. The purpose is to describe new developments, summarize progress or analyze published evidence. Solicited an unsolicited review articles are subject to peer review process prior to acceptance for publication. 

3. Editorials

Editorials are most often reserved for Editors of the PJN. Editorials can also be solicited upon approval by the Editorial Board, and are related to an article published in the same issue. They express the opinions and views of recognized experts on a specific topic.

4. Commentaries

Commentaries may be solicited by the Editorial Board, or by the Officers and/or Board of Trustees of the Philippine Society of Nephrology Inc.  and are not limited to a specific published article. They express the opinions and views of recognized experts on a specific topic. The commentary format may be used for ongoing dialogues, discussions of controversial issues, or subjective articles of interest in any field of Nephrology.

5. Practice guidelines

Clinical practice guidelines and published statements, intended to guide clinical and patient care (for example, Guidelines, Recommendations, Consensus Statements, and Position Papers).

6. Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor should comment on work previously published in Philippine Journal of Nephrology.
 
Publication is based on the decision of the Editorial Board, who may ask experts on the merit of the contents. The Editors may invite a reply to the letter by the original author. The Editor may consider publication of a letter that comments on other matters of interest to the Philippine Society of Nephrology . This section is not considered to be an appropriate venue for publishing new data without peer review. Studies with scientific merit should be considered for submission as an Original Article or Short Communication.

7. Perspectives in Nephrology

These articles discuss significant topics and controversies relevant to Nephrology and current clinical practice. These articles are typically from a more personal or opinion-based standpoint than a Review Article. Perspectives should state the topic and background information concisely, discuss opposing viewpoints, and make recommendations for further investigations or actions. Interested authors should correspond with the Editorial Board prior to submission to discuss the suitability of the proposed subject matter.
 
Insights can be any of the following:
  • An inspiring reflection on any aspect of clinical practice

  • A patient or circumstance who changed or inspire change of practice

  • A positive reflection on teaching experiences

  • A paper that changed your practice or thinking

8. Short communications

These articles are brief reports of preliminary or limited results of original research, observations, or case series on the causes, mechanisms, diagnosis, course, treatment, and preventive health care in Nephrology.

9. Case reports

Case report articles report on Nephrology cases. Cases will typically be judged on clinical interest and educational value to the science and practice of nephrology field and NOT novelty or rarity.

10. Meeting reports

Reports should focus on key developments presented and discussed at Philippine Society of Nephrology related meeting.
 
II. Peer Review Process
 
All manuscripts are initially reviewed by the assigned Section Editor. If the paper or article is judged to be suitable for possible publication, it will be sent to two or more external reviewers. All submitted manuscript/articles undergo this process except for the following which may not be subjected to external peer-review process:
 
  • Letters to the Editor, Commentaries and Editorials are based on the decision of the Editorial Board.

  • Practices Guidelines, Consensus Statements  - These are considered output of a rigorous process authored by experts in the field hence will not be routinely subjected to an external peer review process. In lieu of peer-review, the author(s), committee or body responsible for the guideline or statements will be asked to sign a form stating that they have approved the manuscript for publication. The Editors reserve the right to submit the manuscript for external peer review if there are issues or controversies surrounding the submitted manuscript.

  • Meeting Reports – based on the decision of the Editor.

  • Perspective in Nephrology, Special Articles – depending on the format and content, the decision to submit these articles for peer-review shall be made by the Editorial Board.

At the time of submission, authors may provide a list of at least three potential reviewers (name, affiliation and email address), who could, in their opinion, expertly review their manuscripts. The Editors, however, reserve the right to choose all reviewers. These reviewers should not have directly and/or indirectly participated in the conduct of the research and production of the submitted manuscript.
 
The Philippine Journal of Nephrology employs a single-blind review process. The identities of the reviewers are kept confidential, but the identity of the author or authors may be known to the reviewers.  Reviewers are required to maintain confidentiality about the manuscripts they receive for review. Authors may expect to receive initial decision on their manuscript within 2–6 weeks of submission. If revision of the manuscript is required, the authors must submit within three weeks of the request.
 
III. Publication Frequency
 
Philippine Journal of Nephrology is published twice a year in the months of April and October. Supplemental issues may also be published which may vary from year to year.  
 
IV. Open Access Policy and Copyright
 
Open Access
 
Immediately upon publication, all articles are freely available and searchable for all users.
For the Philippine Journal of Nephrology, open access means:
 
  • peer-reviewed literature is freely available online without subscription or price barriers, and
  • literature is immediately released in open access format (no embargo period)
 
Copyright
 
Philippine Journal of Nephrology does not require author to assign or transfer copyright of articles to be published in PJN. Philippine Journal of Nephrology only require a signed agreement of the author/s, granting PJN an exclusive right or license to publish the article in PJN. The author retain the copyright of the article allowing them to use their articles for their own non-commercial purposes without asking permission from PJN, provided that said article is acknowledged having been first published in PJN giving the full citation and reference as appropriate.  
 
V. Archiving
 
Following publication the full text of each article is available immediately and archived temporarily at the PSN pending creation of more permanent archival agreement with established archival organization such as PubMed Central (PMC), PCHRD-HERDIN etc.
 
VI. Indexing
 
Philippine Journal of Nephrology is currently working to be indexed in WPRIM, PubMeD and other established indexing organizations.