Peer Review Policy
All research articles, and most other article types, published in Observational Studies undergo peer review. This usually involves review by at least two independent, expert peer reviewers.
Peer reviewer selection is critical to the publication process. It is based on many factors, including expertise, reputation, specific recommendations, conflict of interest and previous performance. Speed, thoroughness, sound reasoning and collegiality are highly desirable.
On occasion, the Editor may act as a second reviewer or make a decision using only one report.
We may allow authors to suggest potential reviewers, and to request that some be excluded from consideration (usually a maximum of two people/research groups). We will consider these requests, but are not obliged to fulfill them. The Editor's decision on the choice of peer reviewers is final.
There should not be direct correspondence between authors and peer reviewers; communication is mediated by the Editor.