Information For Reviewers

Basic Information
We appreciate the time and effort our reviewers put into their critiques and greatly value their expertise. At StemJournal, we only publish a limited number of articles that are submitted, and it is our hope that we fill the slots with papers of the highest quality, novelty, and rigor. We try to obtain a minimum of two reviewers per article and give reviewers two weeks to complete reviews. Decisions of acceptance or rejection of a submitted manuscript is the final responsibility of the Editor.

  • Reviews should be constructive and avoid personal comments
  • Reviews should be returned within the time period specified. If an extension is required, please inform the Editorial Office at the time of the request (preferably) or as soon as known
  • Reviews will be published with an accepted paper only if the Reviewer has given permission to do so
  • Reviewer identity is anonymous and will not be revealed unless permission is given by the reviewer to publish their review with name included
  • Manuscripts under review should not be shared with any colleagues without permission of the Editor
  • Reviewers should not make personal or professional use of the data or interpretations before publication (online or print) without the authors’ specific permission (unless you are writing an editorial or commentary to accompany the article).

Conflict of Interest
Reviewers are asked to excuse themselves from reviewing a submission if a conflict makes them unable to make an impartial scientific judgment or evaluation. A reviewer who has a conflict but feels that it does not prevent his or her making a proper judgment must disclose to the Editor the nature of the conflict. If the reviewer has any professional or financial affiliations that may be perceived as a conflict of interest in reviewing the manuscript, or a history of personal differences with the author(s), these should be described in confidential comments to the Editor.

Review Assistance
StemJournal encourages reviewers to enlist the assistance of colleagues, postdoctoral fellows, or graduate students in the review of submitted articles. The primary reviewer must independently evaluate the manuscript and agree with the report filed. Conflict of interest and confidentiality apply to both reviewers. To receive appropriate credit, the name of the co-reviewer should be forwarded to the Editorial Office.

Information for Advisory and Associate Editors

Role of the Advisory Editor
Once an article is accepted, the corresponding author (only one person if there is more than one corresponding author) is invited to become an Advisory Editor of StemJournal with a one-year term beginning January 1 of the following calendar year. Advisory Editors are not exempt from publication fees. An Advisory Editor can extend the one-year term in yearly increments by performing Acts of Service (defined below). These Acts of Service ensure that our editors are always actively engaged in directing the journal’s future. The goal is for Advisory Editors to solicit interesting work they see at meetings, etc. and have the manuscript submitted through them. This has the further goal that work in the journal reflects the breadth of our Advisory Editors' interests, not just the Editor-in-Chief, Senior Editor(s), or Associate Editor(s).


Act of Service                                                                                                  Extension

Publishing an article as corresponding author                                                  One year extension*

Submitting a peer review (the oucome of review is irrelevant)                          One year extension*

Facilitating a submission to StemJournal **                                                      One year extension*

Publishing a book review***                                                                              One year extension*

Publishing a commentary***                                                                              One year extension*

Writing a blog post for StemBook***                                                                  One year extension*

Guest editing a Supplemental Issue                                                                  One year extension only****
(more info available from the Editorial Office)

*    While there is no limit on the number of years one can serve as an Advisory Editor, multiple Acts of Service in any given year can be used to extend the term for up to
      two years at a time. Once this limit has been reached, additional Acts of Service will be applied to the goal of Associate Editorship for that year. Therefore, extended service 
      on the Editorial Board requires a continued commitment to the journal. Note: Serving as a reviewer for an article does not count as an Act of Service.
**   For original submission only – not revision; outcome of submission is not relevant
***  Must be solicited or pre-approved by the Editor
**** Extensions are not granted for each article in the special issue, but the status of Associate Editorship is awarded in the subsequent year)


Role of the Associate Editor

  1. After a manuscript has been received it will be assigned to an expert Associate Editor. Associate Editors are asked to excuse themselves from handling a submission if a conflict makes them unable to make an impartial scientific judgment or evaluation, if they have collaborated with the authors in the past three years, if they have any professional or financial affiliations that may be perceived as a conflict of interest, or if they have a history of personal differences with the author(s). If no conflict exists, the Associate Editor will invite a list of 46 international experts (either from the list provided by the authors, on his or her own, or a combination of the two).
  2. Once all reviews are received, the Handling Associate Editor will enter a review/recommendation using Editorial Manager based on the provided reviews and his/her own assessment of the manuscript.
  3. Once the Handling Associate Editor has entered a review/recommendation, the final decision will be made by the Editor-in-Chief or Senior Editor.
  4. Handling Associate Editors will be identified on accepted manuscripts.

Determination of Associate Editor Status
To elevate to Associate Editor status, an Advisory Editor must complete five (5) Acts of Service during one calendar year. Guest editing a Supplemental Issue automatically qualifies the Advisory Editor for Associate editorship in the subsequent year.

Role of the Associate Editor
Associate Editors will be appointed yearly based on completion of five (5) or more Acts of Service (defined above) during one calendar year (see Determination of Associate Editor Status). Associate Editors are encouraged to solicit and handle review articles and, to maintain status as Associate Editor, must complete five (5) Acts of Service during the year. If the Associate Editor does not complete five (5) acts, he or she will return to status as an Advisory Editor with a term expiration as determined for an Advisory Editor.