Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 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 model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.
Publication of research articles by Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases is dependent primarily on their scientific validity and coherence as judged by our external expert editors and/or peer reviewers, who will also assess whether the writing is comprehensible and whether the work represents a useful contribution to the field. Submitted manuscripts will be screened for relevance and style. Manuscripts deemed suitable for review will be sent to at least two experts, and possibly a statistical reviewer, to determine originality, scientific merit, and significance to the field.
Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases considers the following types of article: Brief report, Methodology, Research, Software, and Workflow. For more specific information, please take a look at our Submission Guidelines.