Instructions for Reviewers

Journal of Critical and Intensive Care (J Crit Intensive Care) aims to publish qualified research material in the field of intensive/critical care medicine. As well it aims to facilitate sharing of experience and knowledge through invited reviews and case reports of rare conditions. The Journal publishes original clinical, basic and translational research articles, case reports and letters to the editor related to intensive/critical care medicine including pediatric intensive care; neurointensive care; intensive care nursing, physiotherapy, respiratory therapy, nutrition and pharmacology in intensive care, as well as acute and emergency medicine. The target group of Journal of Critical and Intensive Care is physicians and healthcare staff at clinical and basic science departments who are interested in intensive care.

The process of peer-review is of utmost importance to attain Journals aims. It is a means to publish high standard, qualified, original articles for the Journal in compliance with ethical standards, as well as a means for mentoring authors for better presentation of their studies. Reviewers are expected to respect this task. Reviewers should keep the content of the manuscript strictly confidental and in no way use, discuss or share them unless published in the Journal. The reviewers should not seek assistance from third parties in reviewing the manuscript.

Reviewers should notify the editor immediately if there is a conflict of interest with the author(s), before preparing a report.

Reviewers who seek assistance from a trainee or colleague in the performance of a review should acknowledge these individuals' contributions in the written comments submitted to the editor. Reviewers must maintain the confidentiality of the manuscript, which may prohibit the uploading of the manuscript to software or other AI technologies where confidentiality cannot be assured. Reviewers must request permission from the journal prior to using AI technology to facilitate their review.

Reviewers should evaluate articles for their originality, methodology (research method and statistical analyses), compliance with ethical standards, content and language. Reviewers should assess whether title, aim and conclusion are compatible. The reviewer form presented to reviewers should be used as a guide. As well, a detailed accompanying comment is strongly encouraged. Reviewers are expected to make detailed suggestions and clear recommendations. The reviewer should also state whether she/he wants to review the revised manuscript during submission of her/his review.

Report could be divided into parts beginning with a brief paragraph summarizing the paper first and discussing the importance of the main idea; then continuing whether the paper is publishable or not emphasizing crucial problems that might be corrected in a revision or suggestions for improvement.

The language of the Journal is English and reviewers should complete forms in English.

Furthermore, reviewers are expected to comment on any potential research or publication misconduct such as unethical research design, duplication, plagiarism, etc. Ethical issues are a priority for the Journal. In accordance with our journal policy, evaluation of submitted manuscripts starts with screening for plagiarism with iThenticate. If solicited by the reviewers, the report for the relevant article can be provided.

Timely evaluation of a manuscript is of utmost importance. Therefore, once an invitation is received by a potential reviewer, a reply must be sent within a week stating whether the assignment is accepted or denied. A period of 2 weeks is reserved for evaluation of the manuscript. After initial 2 weeks, a reminder email will be sent. After a 2-week second period the assignment will be canceled if a review has not been received. Reviewers could request extension if they expect a delay in reporting.

The ‘Journal of Critical and Intensive Care Article Evaluation Flow’ is included under publisher policies tab. 

The Journal publishes the reviewer list every year in the last issue to express the appreciation for the reviewers.