Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.
Cancers of the Head & Neck operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous.
The benefit of single-blind peer review is that it is the traditional method of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.
After initial screening for general suitability by the Editor-in-Chief, a manuscript is assigned to the appropriate Section Editor who reviews and ensures manuscripts are assessed by two or more experts in the field. Reviewers are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent and whether the manuscript should be accepted, rejected or revised. Final decisions are made by the Editor-in-Chief based on the recommendations of Section Editors and reviewer reports. Where necessary, the Editorial Board will be consulted.