Editorial Policies

Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Journal of Ozone Therapy (JO3T) is a peer-reviewed open-access scientific journal documenting the current state of basic biochemistry and biology together the clinical uses of medical ozone for prevention and treatment.

JO3T publishes original basic, translational and clinical observations, descriptions of new techniques or procedures, case reports, and articles on the ethical and social aspects of related health care. Original research published in JO3T is related to the practice of Ozone Therapy.

Within the scope of the journal, manuscripts should represent a substantial advance in medical science or medical practice in terms of

  • Originality and novelty
  • Importance to researchers or practitioners in the field
  • Interest for researchers or practitioners outside the field
  • Rigorous methodology with conclusions justified by the evidence presented
  • Adherence to the highest ethical standards

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Submissions suitable for the Journal include observational studies, clinical trials, epidemiological work, reports on health services and outcomes, and advances in applied (translational) and/or basic research.

The instructions for submission of articles to JO3T are published in our Manuscript Formatting Requirements, placed in Submissions > Author Guidelines section.


Section Policies

Original Article

Our intent is to publish high quality research as it relates to clinical trials, outcome analyses, translational research, cost utility analyses, etc.

These articles should adhere to the following parameters:

  • 4,000 words of text
  • 6 tables and/or figures
  • 50 references

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Case Report

Reports highlighting unusual treatment outcomes, toxicity, etc. Submissions must be at least 300 words and may include up to 3 figures and no more than 15 references.

Authors are encouraged to submit images and /or photographs which support the case being illustrated.

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Review Article

Review Articles will be mostly by invitation. Prospective authors are urged to contact the editors prior to submitting uninvited reviews. These articles will focus on updating and compiling information on a pre-defined topic. They should be no longer than 4000 words with no more than 75 references.

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Opinion Article

Opinion Articles will be mostly by invitation. Prospective authors are urged to contact the editors prior to submitting uninvited papers. These articles should be no longer than 3500 words with no more than 25 references.

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Editorials/Views/Commentaries: should not exceed 1500 words with no more than 15 references.

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We will compile abstracts of the papers presented in WFOT official meetings or sponsorized events. These abstracts have been previously peer reviewed by the event's Scientific Commitee.

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Letter to the Editor

Letters should be a short and concise communication commenting on a recently published article in the Journal or commenting on a controversial current issue of concern to the readership. A Letter to the Editor is not a site for publication of original results. The letter should have no more than 3 authors and contain no more than 500 words and 5 references, including a reference to the article in question. A statement of potential sources of conflict of interest must accompany the letter and may be published along with the letter. The Editorial Board reserves the right to decline publishing insulting or inflammatory comments in letters to the editor.

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Peer Review Process

Journal of Ozone Therapy (JO3T) does a blind peer review process for all papers marked for peer review in the Section Policies.

Editorial and Peer Review Process:

1.- New submissions

Authors must submit a presubmission inquiry before submitting a full paper. Presubmission inquiries allow authors to quickly determine whether their paper is likely broadly suitable for JO3T. Read the guidelines for presubmission inquiries.

Responses are normally provided within 5 calendar days. Suppose the paper is deemed to be within the scope of the journal about content and of adequate quality standard. In that case, the Editor-in-chief 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 for external blind peer review.

2.- Peer review

All articles, except for Editorials and Proceedings, are externally blindly peer reviewed before a final decision is made about acceptance for publication. Expert reviewers are asked to assess the technical and scientific merits of the work. Where relevant, work presented in a manuscript undergoes a rigorous review of the statistical methods used.

Once all reviews have been received and considered by the Editor-in-chief, a decision letter to the author is drafted.

How are reviewers selected?

We decide on reviewers for a particular manuscript based on many factors, including expertise, reputation, and specific recommendations based on our knowledge of a reviewer.

Will authors know who is reviewing their manuscript?

Reviewers’ identities are anonymous unless a reviewer indicates otherwise.

3.- Editorial decisions

Several types of decisions are possible. If after peer review a manuscript is considered potentially appropriate for JO3T, a major revision is generally requested. A minor revision is generally requested as a final step before acceptance.

Manuscripts that are rejected generally do not fit the criteria outlined above in terms of originality, importance to the field, cross-disciplinary interest, or sound methodology.

4.- Revisions

Revised manuscripts will be assessed by the Editor-in-chief. Manuscripts that undergo major revision may require re-review or additional statistical review. There is no guarantee of acceptance after major revision.

Read the guidelines for revised manuscripts.

5.- Appeals

There are two major reasons why we consider articles to not be appropriate for publication in JO3T:

  • The article is not broadly considered an appropriate topic for the journal, e.g., not a sufficient advance or too specialized. We are often able to identify such papers at the presubmission inquiry stage, although sometimes we need to invite the full paper in before making that judgment. We normally aim to make such decisions quickly and without external advice so that authors can seek publication elsewhere. However, the lack of an adequate level of advance sometimes only becomes clear after we have obtained in-depth reviews.
  • The topic of the article is potentially interesting but, through either editorial or peer review, substantial methodological concerns are identified such that even after revision the article is unlikely to be appropriate for JO3T.

If you wish to appeal a decision you should contact the editor who handled the presubmission inquiry or full manuscript, explaining in detail your reasons for the appeal. Please note that editors are not able to prioritize appeals above the initial evaluation of newly submitted manuscripts, but aim to respond within two weeks of receipt to let you know whether or not we can proceed with a formal appeal.

All appeals on full manuscript submissions will be discussed with at least one other staff editor or academic editor. We may or may not seek external advice on the appeal.

We do not consider second appeals.

6.- Accepted Manuscripts

If your manuscript has been accepted, read about what to expect and how you can expedite the publication process.

7.- Contact

If you have questions at any stage in the process, please email us


Publication Frequency

JO3T is an annual publication


Open Access Policy

This is an Open Access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

JO3T applies the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY NC 4.0) license to works we publish.
Under this license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their content, but allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute and/or copy the content as long as the original authors and source are cited. No permission is required from the authors or the publishers.
You may not use the material for commercial purposes.

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WFOTJournal of Ozone Therapy (JO3T)
The Official Peer Reviewed Journal of the World Federation of Ozone Therapy (WFOT)
ISSN 2444-9865