About the Journal
Focus and Scope
SEE Journal of Immunology is a top-tier open access medical science journal published by the ID Design 2012/DOOEL Skopje, Naroden Front No. 13/45, 1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. SEE Journal of Immunology is an international, modern journal covering all areas in the immunological sciences, from basic immunology, clinical immunology, immunogenetics, case reports in immunology to reviews in immunology. We publish mostly human studies that substantially enhance our understanding of disease epidemiology, etiology, and physiology; the development of prognostic and diagnostic technologies; trials that test the efficacy of specific interventions and those that compare different treatments; and systematic reviews. We aim to promote translation of basic research into clinical investigation, and of clinical evidence into practice. We publish occasional studies in animal models when they report outstanding research findings that are highly clinically relevant. Our audience is the international medical community as well as educators, policy makers, patient advocacy groups, and interested members of the public around the world. SEE Journal of Immunology is published continuously online.
Peer Review Process
Criteria for Publication
Manuscripts should represent a significant advance in medical science or medical practice in terms of:
Importance to researchers or practitioners in the field
Interest for researchers or practitioners outside the field
Rigorous methodology with substantial evidence for its conclusions
Conducted according to the highest ethical standards
The Review Process
Submitted manuscripts will be assigned to one of the MJMS deputy editors. If the paper is deemed to be within the scope of the journal with regard to content and of a minimum quality an academic editor with expertise in the relevant area, usually one of our editorial board, is then also assigned to the paper. The editor and editorial board member will promptly assess the manuscript and will decide if it is likely to meet the requirement of providing a major advance in a particular field and describing a sufficient body of work to support that claim; if so, it will be sent out for peer review.
The review process is supported electronically in the section Reviewer Center. Above this section, you will see the manuscript title, ID number, status, total time in review, and links to view the manuscript in various formats (e.g., HTML, PDF, etc.). This information is available from each of the additional tabs (Details and Score Sheet) as well. Clicking on the Details or Score Sheet tabs will make those screens active.
The Details tab contains the manuscript type, keywords or attributes the author associated with the manuscript, and the date submitted. You can still view the title, status, id number, time in review, and links to the manuscript files at the top of the table.
The Score Sheet tab contains the score sheet for the journal. Based on journal specifications, this score sheet may include specific manuscript questions or ratings, a recommendation field, comments to the author, comments to the editor, and the ability to attach a file.
There are two ways for you to view the manuscript assigned to you. You can click either of the "PDF" links at the top of the table and print the resulting PDF proof. You can also read directly from the screen by clicking the "HTML" link at the top of the table and viewing the resulting HTML proof.
To complete the score sheet, respond to all fields. When filling out the score sheet, please remember the following things:
Comments to Editor: Use this space to transfer to the Editor the basis for your recommendation for acceptance or rejection. These comments will NOT be conveyed to the author.
Comments to Author: Use this space to convey specific feedback to the author on your recommendation. Please do NOT reference the Comments to Editor field as the author will not have direct access to those comments.
Special Symbols: As with other plain text transmissions, such as e-mail, your use of special symbols is restricted. Please use symbols that are found on your keyboard and plain text notations, such as (^) for superscript. For example, you will not be able to use the symbols for Greek letters. You will need to spell these out. If you will be repeatedly using a Greek letter, you can re-define the symbol (e.g. G = gamma) at the beginning of the section in which you will be using it.
Attaching Files (where active): To attach a file, you need to click on the "Browse..." button, locate your file, and click the "Attach" button. After the file is successfully uploaded into the database, the screen will refresh, showing the user's uploaded file in the "Files Attached" list. The file can be downloaded by clicking on the file name, or unattached by clicking the "Unattach" icon next to the file name. You can also specify whom the file is intended for (Author & Editor or Editor Only) by clicking the appropriate radio button.
Submitting Your Review: There are three buttons at the bottom of the page: "Save as Draft" saves the score sheet without sending it to the editor, "Submit" saves the score sheet and sends it to the editor, and "Print Saved Version" opens a pop-up window with a printable version of the most recently saved score sheet.
The professional and academic editors then together make a decision based on the reviewers' comments. There are several types of decision possible:
Accept the manuscript as submitted
Accept it with minor revision
Invite the authors to submit a major revision of the manuscript before a final decision is reached
Reject, typically because it does not fit the criteria outlined above of originality, importance to the field, cross-discipline interest, or sound methodology
When differences of opinion occur between reviewers, the professional editor and the academic editor weigh all comments and arrive at a balanced decision based on all comments. To assist in this process, the reviewer should provide the editors with as much information as possible. A review that clearly outlines reasons both for and against publication is therefore of as much, or even more, value as one that makes a direct recommendation.
If reviewers appear to disagree fundamentally, the editors may choose to share all the reviews with each of the reviewers and by this means elicit additional comment that may help the editors to make a decision. The academic and professional editors then assess the recommendations and comments of the reviewers alongside comments by the authors and material that may not have been made available to those reviewers.
When a paper has been revised in response to comments by reviewers or when authors feel their argument has been misconstrued in review, we ask reviewers to offer additional comments on the revised or contested manuscript. We request that reviewers make themselves available to provide such follow-up advice. We are nevertheless aware that reviewers do not wish to be involved in extended discussions over papers, and we keep such consultations to a minimum while still allowing authors a fair hearing.
We decide on reviewers for a particular manuscript based on many factors, including expertise, reputation, specific recommendations of authors and academic editors, and the professional editor's own knowledge of a reviewer.
As part of our editorial procedure, we regularly confer with potential reviewers before sending them manuscripts to review. Reviewers should bear in mind that even these initial messages or conversations contain confidential information.
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
South East European Journal Definition
The South East Europe Area includes 16 countries. For 14 countries the eligible area is the whole territory of the country, namely for Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia and Republic of Moldova. In 2 countries only certain regions are eligible: in Italy these eligible regions are: Lombardia, Bolzano/Bozen, Trento, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Emilia Romagna, Umbria, Marche, Abruzzo, Molise, Puglia Basilicata, and in Ukraine: Cjermovestka Oblast, Ivano-Frankiviska Oblast, Zakarpatska Oblast and Odessa Oblast.
The South East Europe area is the most diverse, heterogeneous and complex transnational area in Europe, made up of a broad mix of countries. The emergence of new countries and with it the establishment of new frontiers has changed the patterns of political, economic, social and cultural relationships. South East European countries are:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Italy *
- Republic of Macedonia
- Republic of Moldova
- Ukraine *
* only some of its regions.
The area has been undergoing a fundamental change in economic and production patterns following the 1990 changes. Scholarly journals in the post communistic countries were mainly organized and financed by the governmental institutions with the local members of editorial boards, without significant implementation of international standard, mainly published on classical paper technology, without electronic publishing, as well as with closed system of authors and readers.
South East European Journal intends to include members of boards mainly from the countries of this region in order to publish scholarly papers with the Open Access philosophy on the Open Journal Systems platform.
Journal Title: South East European Journal of Immunology
Journal Initials: SEEJIM
Journal Abbreviation: SEE J Immunol
Article ID: 20001+
Publisher: ID Design 2012/DOOEL Skopje
Similarity Check Plagiarism Screening System
What is Similarity Check?
Similarity Check powered by iThenticate is an initiative started by Crossref to help its members actively engage in efforts to prevent scholarly and professional plagiarism. Although there are several plagiarism screening tools already available, they are not well-suited to filtering academic content simply because they haven't had access to the relevant full-text literature to screen against. Similarity Check changes this by creating and continuously growing a database of current and archival scholarly literature.
This database is one of two parts that make up the Similarity Check service. The second part is the iThenticate tool, which compares authored work against the content in the database and highlight matching or similar text for further editorial review.
ID Design 2012 Similarity Check Plagiarism Screening System
The Editors and Boards of South East European Journal of Immunology are participating in a growing community of Similarity Check System's users in order to ensure that the content published is original and trustworthy. Similarity Check is a medium that allows for comprehensive manuscripts screening, aimed to eliminate plagiarism and provide a high standard and quality peer-review process.
ID Design 2012 uses the iThenticate software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts in all journals published by ID Design 2012. Wherever you see the "Similarity Check Deposited" or "Similarity Check Depositor" logos, you can be reassured that the publisher whose content you are reading is committed to actively combating plagiarism and publishing original research. View ID Design 2012's plagiarism policy here. To find out more about Similarity Check visit http://www.crossref.org/crosscheck/index.html
CrossMark Policy Statement
CrossMark is a multi-publisher initiative to provide a standard way for readers to locate the current version of a piece of content. By applying the CrossMark logo Id Design 2012/DOOEL Skopje is committing to maintaining the content it publishes and to alerting readers to changes if and when they occur.
Clicking on the CrossMark logo will tell you the current status of a document and may also give you additional publication record information about the document.
- See CrossMark® for Researchers at: http://www.crossref.org/crossmark/Researchers.htm
ID Design 2012/DOOEL Skopje CrossMark Policy Statement
ID Design 2012/DOOEL Skopje that will have the CrossMark icon is restricted to current and future journal content and limited to specific publication types (see below) and only on contents hosted by official ID Design websites.
Abstract of a paper or oral presentation or poster, published as a separate item. A better name would be "extra short communication". These mostly occur in fairly great numbers in conference proceedings, where not all authors are allowed to publish a full-length article.
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Article in which errors are reported that were made in an earlier publication in the same journal. Can be Erratum (publishing error) but also Corrigendum (author error).
Full Length Article
Complete report on original research.
Text described recommended best practice in medical articles.
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The text of the article is retracted. The HTML pages are replaced by a single page with citation details and an explanation. The PDF pages remain with a watermark on every page to notify it is retracted.
Substantial overview of original research, usually with a comprehensive bibliography, generally also containing a table of contents.
Short report or announcement of research, usually claiming certain results, usually with a shorter publication time than other papers in the same publication. Appear under many names, such as Letter Papers, Preliminary notes, Notes, etc.
Short or mini-review.
There are 12 defined types of accepted "update" within CrossMark. The values for these are:
Minor errors that do not affect the integrity of the metadata or a reader's ability to understand an article and that do not involve a scientific error or omission will be corrected at the discretion of the publisher. In such a case, the original article is removed and replaced with a corrected version. The date the correction is made is noted on the corrected article.
Editorial & Publishing Policies as well as Guidelines to ID Design journals are available on each journal site. All of ID Design's journals can be found here.
The following guideline may also be helpful:
Crossref Cited-by Linking (formerly Forward Linking) is a service that allows you to discover how your publications are being cited and to incorporate that information into your online publication platform. Participation in Crossref Cited-by Linking is entirely optional and there is no charge for it, but in order to participate, there is an important quid-pro-quo: in order to discover what publications cite your content, you must in turn submit metadata listing the works that your publications cite.
- See more at: http://www.crossref.org/citedby/index.html#policies
In practice, this is not hard to do. Reference metadata can be easily included within normal batch DOI deposits, and it is now even possible to deposit references for Cited-by Linking through the cut-and-paste Simple Text Query interface.
But, as is the case with all Crossref initiatives, the utility of Cited-by Linking is directly proportional to the uptake of the membership and, although Crossref staff actively promotes Cited-by Linking to its membership through webinars and email reminders, participation in the service has been limited. This, in turn, means that the utility of the "Cited By" information varies greatly across disciplines and publishers.
Although there are other services that provide cited-by facilities (e.g. Google Scholar, Scopus, ISI and some hosting providers.), we think that Crossref Cited-by Linking complements these other services because:
- It is controlled and managed by the Crossref membership. As such, it enables direct primary publisher-to-publisher linking without the use of intermediaries.
- It is not tied to any particular "metric", although the metadata provided by the service could be used by others to either validate existing metrics or as the foundation for creating new metrics.
- It is not constrained by discipline and, as such, will prove useful for discovery of otherwise hard-to-find interdisciplinary citations and for use by publishers in fields that are underserved by the other services.
- It is not constrained by content type. Crossref can accept reference data for journals articles, monographs, reference works, etc.
The Crossref Cited-by Linking service is built on top of the DOI infrastructure and, as such, is very precise.
Crossref is increasingly being looked to as a source for collecting authoritative publisher metadata. We are finding that those who seek to use Crossref's metadata services are increasingly interested in collecting reference metadata as well. We worry that, if they can not get citation metadata from us, they will resort to using the much less accurate metadata that they can gather through screen scraping and services like Google Scholar.
Note: Because this is an optional service for our members and only a subset of the membership is currently participating, you will only be able to retrieve a partial list of the DOIs that actually cite your content. Crossref cited-by links are not intended for use as a citation metric
Sources of Support
Open Access Institutional Memberships
ID DESIGN is an Open Access publisher with 5 peer-reviewed journals covering a wide range of academic disciplines. When publishing in any of ID DESIGN's journals, authors retain the copyright of their article, which is freely distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, permitting the unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction of the article in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
In order to cover the costs of publication, Article Processing Charges are required for accepted manuscripts. These charges apply only to peer-reviewed contributions (e.g., research articles, review articles) while other contributions (e.g., editorials) are published free of charge.
ID DESIGN offers two different types of Open Access Institutional Memberships to organizations that would like to enable their authors to publish their research in an Open Access journal without having to directly incur any Article Processing Charges.
Annual Membership is based on a flat rate payment that covers all accepted articles that have one or more authors from the member institute. The cost of the membership depends on the research output level of the institute and its historical publishing pattern in ID DESIGN journals. ID DESIGN will provide a quotation upon request to any interested institute.
By having this Annual Membership, organizations can enable their authors to publish in ID DESIGN Open Access journals without having to administer and pay the Article Processing Charges from their individual research budget. The flat rate system enables the member institute to know their cost for the next 12 months regardless of the number of articles that may be submitted or accepted for publication. ID DESIGN will provide a new quotation for membership renewal about three months prior to the expiration of the current membership.
Annual Membership periods may be synchronized with the calendar or fiscal year at the member institute by prorating its cost for a fraction of a year, if so desired by the member institute.
Prepaid Membership is based on a prepayment from the institute that will be used to cover the Article Processing Charges of their researchers. Member institutes should deposit an initial amount of at least EUR 1,000 in order to begin their membership and they will receive an automatic discount of 25% for any publication charges that are paid from their account. Members of this program can add additional funds to their account at any point in time.
Member institutes will have access to live reports with detailed information about each article that has been paid via their membership.
The current list of ID DESIGN's Open Access Institutional Members is available here.If you are interested in joining ID DESIGN's Open Access Institutional Membership program, or if you have any questions, please firstname.lastname@example.org.