Focus and Scope
PLAID is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary research journal focused on people living with and inspired by diabetes. PLAID includes research and perspectives that encourage dialogue between healthcare professionals and people living with diabetes. PLAID aims to gain from the insights of individuals, families, friends, colleagues, advocates, healthcare professionals, and researchers who work to raise awareness of and create solutions to the complexities of living with diabetes.
Peer Review Process
All manuscripts will undergo preliminary evaluation at the editorial level and those judged to be of significant importance and within the scope of the journal will subsequently be peer reviewed by two or more experts. The editors will see the papers through peer review to acceptance or rejection.
All articles go through a preliminary review by one of the editors. When articles are felt to not be appropriate for full peer review, authors are notified at that point. Articles that are felt to be appropriative for full review are assigned to a review editor and undergo full peer review by at least two external expert consultants. While we attempt to complete this review as quickly as possible in most cases peer review takes approximately 1-2 months. After waiting at least six weeks after submission, authors may contact the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org for an update on the status of their manuscript.
PLAID has a double blind review process: authors are not told who reviewed their paper, and reviewers are not told who wrote the paper. Peer reviewers are informed of the identity of the authors immediately after the manuscript is either accepted or rejected. The referee's identity remains unknown to the authors although it is up to the referee if he/she wants to contact the author at a later stage and reveal his/her identity.
Peer reviewers are asked to give their opinion on a number of issues pertinent to the scientific and scholarly aspects of a paper, and to judge the papers on grounds of originality and urgency. All relevant information will be forwarded to the author(s). Feedback from external reviewers is advisory to the review editor. Based on the feedback from external reviewers and their own reading of the manuscript, the review editor will determine if a manuscript is:
- Accepted, possibly with suggestions for minor revisions
- Accepted after major revisions contingent on the review editor’s decision on whether the revisions are adequate. On rare instances, the review editor may decide to send the revised manuscript out for external review to either one or more of the original reviewers or to additional reviewers. The author will be notified and the review process will be conducted as quickly as possible.
- Rejected, the manuscript is not of sufficient interest or has serious flaws that cannot be addressed by revisions.
To facilitate rapid publication, authors requested to complete revisions within one month. Additional time will be given if needed but the editors reserve the right to withdraw acceptance if revisions are not completed within a reasonable time period.
Open Access Policy
This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.
All submissions to the journal will be scanned for possible duplicate or prior publication using the CrossCheck/iThenticate plagiarism detection system (www.ithenticate.com).
PLAID is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.