Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Regulatory Science (JRS) is an online open-access journal intended for scholars with an interest in regulatory science. The JRS publishes free of charge, peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, proposed standard evaluations and rapid communications to advance the discipline of regulatory science.

The JRS is devoted to the consideration of risk management tools, standards, and practices to improve the protection and compliance of regulated products.  It is the mission of the Journal of Regulatory Science to facilitate an open dialogue among regulatory scientists from the global community.

The JRS is in the process of moving to a continuous publication model, which will allow for quicker publication of manuscripts, benefitting both contributors and readers. Beginning in January 2019, articles will be published throughout the year, as soon as they go through the same peer review and production process as before. In December, the issue will be closed, and the next year’s issue will begin again the following January. Any submissions received on or after October 1, 2018, will be published under this new model.

The scope of the Journal of Regulatory Science is comprehensive and includes a range of articles related to the regulation of food and feed, the environment, drugs, transportation, communications, and other related fields. Topics include:

  • Regulation, standardization, and codes practices;
  • Harmonization and equivalency;
  • Product testing, method development, monitoring and surveillance, researches and technologies for product safety, environment protection, and energy reservation;
  • Food contamination and adulteration;
  • Consumer, markets, and cost benefit analysis;
  • Hazard analysis, HACCP, HARPC, and product safety;
  • Risk analysis and communication;
  • Quality assurance and control;
  • Good manufacturing practices, good laboratory practices, and good clinic practices;
  • Gap analysis, implementation, and evaluation of regulatory practices and improvement;
  • Environmental control; and
  • Education, training, and outreach.

 

Section Policies

Scientific Articles

Original research to advance the science of creating tools, standards, and practices to improve the protection and compliance of regulated products.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Articles

Description or evaluation of a book or other materials of interest to the general audience in regulatory science. Normally processed with prior agreement of the editors.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Rapid Communication

Current information dealing with a specialized topic. May contribute to one sub-discipline of regulatory science.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Policy Commentaries

Evaluation of a regulation standard, impact analysis of a regulation standard or related investigations.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Letter to the Editor

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

The JRS is committed to transparency for the review process and aims to provide authors with fair and timely reviews. The Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial board determine the suitability of submitted articles to the JRS for publication. The editor-in-chief receives the manuscript and assigns an editor from the Editorial Board to process the manuscript. The assigned editor makes the final decision for acceptance, rejection or revision based on the reviewer’s comments. External referees may be consulted when necessary. 

The key criteria for acceptance for publication are the novelty and scientific impact. Technical sound piece of experimental work does not necessary guarantee publication with the Journal of Regulatory Science.