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July/August 2015
OFID Offers Special Peer Review Track for Fellows of IDSA (FIDSA)

IDSA’s online only, fully open-access journal, Open Forum Infectious Diseases (OFID), offers a special peer review track for Fellows of IDSA (FIDSAs), which results in faster editorial decisions and publication.  

Fellows of the Society may submit one manuscript per year via this track.  To qualify, the Fellow must be an author of the paper, must select reviewers (who may not be collaborators on the research project) to complete a specific review form, must revise the manuscript based on the reviewers’ comments, and then must submit the revised manuscript with the reviews to the editorial office.  Manuscripts may be sent out for additional peer review, and based on the feedback from all of the reviewers and the judgment of the editorial team, a decision will be made.  While there is not a guarantee of publication, this accelerated track results in quicker decisions. 

Feedback from authors about this track has been extremely positive:

“My collaborators and I were preparing to submit a grant revision to the National Institutes of Health. We were hoping to quickly get some follow-up data into a published manuscript to support the application,” says Ravi Jhaveri, MD, FIDSA, of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. “I utilized the FIDSA fast track at OFID because I thought the speed of the process would be an advantage. In less than a month from the time we had the paper ready, we had identified reviewers, revised the paper according to their comments, and submitted all documents to OFID. We had our acceptance in less than 4 business days, well ahead of our grant deadline.”

Dr. Jhaveri notes that OFID’s status as an open access journal affiliated with IDSA and Oxford University Press provides the added benefit of exposure to valued colleagues in ID. His article, “Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Vertical Transmission in 12-Month-Old Infants Born to HCV-Infected Women and Assessment of Maternal Risk Factors,” was published in the spring 2015 issue.

To submit your manuscript, read the instructions to authors and submit online. To submit via the FIDSA track, fill out this form.

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