The journal will consider the following categories of manuscripts for publication:
a) Original research reports describing new experimental findings, or analyses (e.g. post hoc, subgroup, meta-analysis where an overall statistic is derived).
b) Review articles. The following types of reviews:
1. General reviews that provide a synthesis of an area that fits within the aims and scope of the journal;
2. Perspective reviews – review articles that address important new areas of general interest and afford the author the opportunity to present a forward-looking perspective on the topic;
3. Drug reviews – review articles focusing on the available evidence for the use of a particular drug or combination therapy
c) Case reports/case series – outlining an interesting case/cases, and including a full review of the pertinent literature and a section on implications for clinical care
d) Short communications/letter to Editor
The Publishing Process
A manuscript will be reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that it is being submitted to Journal of the Nigerian Optometric Association alone at that point in time and has not been published anywhere, simultaneously submitted, or already accepted for publication elsewhere. The journal expects that authors would designate one of them as to corresponding author to correspond with the Journal for all matters related to the manuscript. All manuscripts received are duly acknowledged. On submission, editors review all submitted manuscripts initially for suitability for formal review as well as run a plagiarism test. Manuscripts with insufficient originality, serious scientific or technical flaws, or lack of a significant message are rejected before proceeding for formal peer-review.
Manuscripts that are found suitable for publication in JNOA are sent to two or more expert reviewers. The journal follows a double-blind review process, wherein the reviewers and authors are unaware of each other’s identity. Every manuscript is also assigned to a member of the editorial team, who based on the comments from the reviewers takes a final decision on the manuscript. The comments and suggestions (acceptance/ rejection/ amendments in manuscript) received from reviewers are conveyed to the corresponding author. If required, the author is requested to provide a point by point response to reviewers’ comments and submit a revised version of the manuscript. This process is repeated till reviewers and editors are satisfied with the manuscript. Page proofs are sent to the corresponding author after final acceptance. The corresponding author is expected to return the corrected proofs within three days. It may not be possible to incorporate corrections received after that period.
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