Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The International Journal of Infection Control (IJIC) is the official journal of the International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC). The aim of the journal is to provide IFIC members and individuals in countries without infection control societies with state of the art articles, particularly through contributions from the field on infection control practice and initiatives in developing countries.

IJIC covers key topics and issues in infection control and epidemiology of healthcare associated infections, especially in low resource settings. Infection control professionals, including physicians, nurses, and epidemiologists, will find IJIC a valid and relevant resource on infection control, epidemiology, infectious diseases, occupational health, and disease prevention.

 

Section Policies

Reviews

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Original Articles

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Practice Forum

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Short Reports

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Letters to the Editor

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Editorial Commentary

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Report from IFIC's Special Interest Group

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Extended Abstract

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Book Review

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For Discussion

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Peer Review Process

• IJIC subscribes to the practice of peer review to ensure that high quality scientific material is published. It is an objective process at the heart of competitive academic publishing and is carried out by all reputable scientific journals. Our referees therefore play a vital role in maintaining the high standards of the IJIC. Manuscripts are peer reviewed according to the procedures described below.

Initial manuscript evaluation
The Editor in chief first evaluates all manuscripts. In exceptional circumstances, the Editor may accept an exceptional manuscript at this first stage. The Editor may also reject a manuscript at this stage because it is insufficiently original, has serious scientific flaws, or falls outside the aims and scope of the journal. Those that meet the minimum criteria are passed on to experts for review.

Authors of manuscripts rejected at this stage will be informed within 2 weeks of receipt.

Type of Peer Review
IJIC mostly employs single blind review, where the referees remain anonymous throughout the process. Referees are matched to the paper according to their expertise. If needed, IJIC employs two referees.
• Reviewers will be asked to declare any possible conflict of interest in reviewing particular manuscript

• Referee reports
In the case of original articles, referees are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript:
- Is original
- Is methodologically sound
- Follows appropriate ethical guidelines
- Has results which are clearly presented and support the conclusions
- Correctly references previous relevant work

For Practice Forum manuscripts, referees are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript content provides useful information and experience for the readers of the journal as well as whether the practice outline was sound and relevant.

IJIC differs from many other journals by offering authors whose first language is not English with help in correction or editing of manuscripts, especially language. In such circumstances, the manuscript would be sent for editing to third parties (who are separate from the reviewers) and who have indicated their willingness to help in such a task. They may also contact the author if necessary to ensure correct interpretations.

Length of review process
The time between receipt of the original submission and initial response (acceptance, rejection, or request for revision) should not take longer than 8 weeks, but with a substantial variation depending heavily on how quickly referees provide reports. Referees or the editor may request more than one revision of a manuscript before a final decision to accept or reject it.

Final report
A final decision to accept or reject the manuscript will be sent to the corresponding author along with any recommendations made by the referees, and may include verbatim comments made by the referees.

Editor's Decision
Referees advise the editor, who is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the manuscript. No appeal procedure is available.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Ethics and Malpractice Statement

IJIC promotes sound scientific and publication integrity, as well as most scientific journals today (www.elsevier.com/ethics/toolkit). It means that during the editorial and reviewing process ethical values are strictly adhered to. These are specifically: avoiding duplicate submissions, looking for scientific fraud and plagiarism, asking for transparent authorship and possible conflict of interest of all authors. Furthermore, IJIC request authors when their research is concerning human beings or animals, approval of their respective Ethics/Drugs Committee/Institutional Review Board.