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FAQ

Getting started as an author

  • What should I submit?
    Panorama publishes biomedical science and engineering research in a style and format that is approachable to a general audience. Please review the author guidelines for important style and content information.
  • How can I start a submission?
    Log in to the digital commons system by clicking Submit Article. You will be guided through the submission process.

Getting started as a reviewer

  • Where do I go to submit a review?
    Log in to the digital commons system by clicking My Account, on the bottom link bar. You will be guided through the submission process.
  • What guidelines should I follow to review a manuscript?
    The reviewer guidelines can be found here.
  • Is there a scoring sheet available that I can use?
    Yes, there is a scoring sheet attached to the reviewer guidelines. The reviewers are requested to fill the scoring sheet during the review process.

Manuscript submission

  • What style and format should I use?
    Panorama uses a different style of writing and format than typical academic journals. Complete author guidelines can be found here. Briefly, Panorama targets a general audience. Submissions should be written to clearly convey the scientific content to the diverse readers in the broad fields of biomedical science and engineering. Articles should provide extensive introduction and background information to provide context for the work. Area specific language (jargon) should be clearly explained, or avoided entirely.
  • Where can I find the templates for submission? (MS word and latex)
    Unlike typical academic journals, Panorama aims to be approachable to the general audience. To further this end, final layout will be done by Panorama staff. The submitted manuscript should follow a single column and double spaced format and should be in word format.
  • Is there any limit on the length of a submitted paper?
    There is a 1500 word limit for papers.
  • Can I submit previously-published articles?
    If you retain the copyright to the previously-published article, it can be submitted to Panorama. However, authors should be aware that the style of articles for Panorama differs from typical academic journals, as it is targeted at a general audience. Rewriting may be necessary to make previously-published articles acceptable for Panorama.
  • What if I am using materials, e.g., images, from someone else's publication or my own previous publication?
    If you would like to use previously published materials, ensure that you own the copyright for the material, or that you have written permission to licence the material under the creative commons licence.
  • How long does it take for an accepted paper to be published?
    Panorama is published on a semester-by-semester basis. We try to maintain the diversity of the articles in each issue. Depending on the number of accepted papers in each field, they may appear in the next issue or in one of the future issues.
  • How do you select reviewers of my paper? Can I suggest reviewers for my paper?
    The authors are asked to suggest two potential reviewers during the submission process. The reviewers are selected by the Panorama managing editor and editorial board members based on subject area and by taking into consideration the author's suggestion.
  • How often is the magazine published?
    Panorama is a triannual publication.
  • Does Panorama have paper publication charges?
    There is no charge to publish in Panorama.
  • Do I have to be a member of EMBS or any other organization and group for submitting a paper?
    No, the journal is open to all submissions that meet our subject matter and style criteria.
  • Can I submit more than one articles to one issue?
    Authors can submit more than one article to one issue; however, editors reserve the right to defer any submission to a later issue.

Review

  • How long does it take for my paper to be reviewed?
    Panorama aims to have initial reviews complete within 1 month of the submission deadline for each issue.
  • How many reviewers review a paper?
    Each paper will be reviewed by at least 2 reviewers.
  • Is the review process (double) blind?
    The review process will not be double-blind. Panorama will not provide reviewers with the names of authors; however, it is generally straightforward for reviewers to identify authors by the work itself. During the review process, review comments will be anonymized; however, names of reviewers will be published with the articles.
  • How are the reviewers assigned?
    Reviewers are assigned at the discretion of the managing editor and editorial team based on subject area.
  • Does the publication on Panorama count as a peer-reviewed publication in my CV?
    Panorama submissions will be reviewed by at least two reviewers for scientific content; however, the scientific content will typically not be novel contributions to the biomedical field. The classification for these submissions is left to the discretion of the authors.

Copyright

  • What is the copyright policy of Panorama?
    The copyright policy can be found here. Briefly, authors own the copyright to their papers, but must license them under the creative commons license.
  • Can I republish in another journal, my thesis, etc.?
    Panorama authors retain ownership of their submissions, but licence them under a creative commons license. Authors can republish their submissions in any venue for which this does not pose a problem.

Organization/Administration

  • Who should I contact to follow up with my submission(s)?
    The author(s) is notified by email as soon as there is a change in the status of the submission. However, if you have any questions, you can contact the editor-in-chief, or the managing editor. Contact information can be found here.
  • Is there a print version of the journal?
    No, Panorama is an online journal only.
  • If I want to volunteer with Panorama, whom I should contact?
    Please contact the editor-in-chief. Contact information can be found here.