Review Process

Oxford University Press (OUP) is a department of the University of Oxford.  OUP’s medical books and digital publishing programme aims to further the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education. In order to fulfil this objective, our medical publications go through an extensive review process:

Proposal review

All new medical proposals are thoroughly researched and reviewed by specialist referees prior to being formally presented for final approval to the Delegates of the Press.  Referees comment on and advise OUP regarding the quality of planned works and confirm they will meet the needs of their target audience.  The reviewers’ feedback is collated, made anonymous, and returned to the authors in order to help guide the writing process.

In-house review

All new medical proposals are reviewed and discussed by OUP’s Medical Publishing Committee, which includes representatives from our Editorial, Production, Sales and Marketing teams.  Once this group is satisfied that the proposal meets OUP’s expectations, it is submitted for final approval to the academic Delegates of the Press.  The Delegates are actively involved in the publishing programme; all proposals are referred to them for approval and the medical Delegates maintain a dialogue with OUP’s medical Commissioning Editors.

Manuscript review

To ensure that our publishing is high-quality, accurate, and up-to-date, much of our medical content is reviewed by specialist advisors throughout the entire writing process.  Both OUP and our authors work closely with these advisors, modifying, refining and reworking the material to ensure it meets OUP’s high quality standards for authoritative content.  Books aimed at medical undergraduates and junior doctors (such as the world-famous Oxford Medical Handbooks) are reviewed by representatives from the intended readership, as well as subject experts, to ensure that the content is written at the right level.  We track changes in medical training and practice through market research, and make sure that every book delivers exactly what readers need. Where appropriate, manuscripts with a focus on prescribing advice or other therapeutic measures are also checked during the copy-proofing process by pharmaceutically qualified professionals.