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“The handover was very smooth and I have been very impressed with the service provided”

Prof Hugh Markus, Professor of Stroke Medicine and Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Stroke

The International Journal of Stroke (IJS) is published in association with the World Stroke Organization.

Editorial Office now supports them with all aspects of manuscript processing, from journal submission to acceptance.

Smooth and efficient 

When Professor Hugh Markus, Editor-in-Chief, took over the journal, it had previously been coordinated remotely, from Australia. He was looking to set up an editorial office within the UK and was recommended Editorial Office by a colleague, who had previously worked with us and a publisher supporting the journal. 

Hugh came to us looking for assistance with all aspects of manuscript processing, which we were more than happy to provide.

Between us, the handover was very smooth and Hugh was keen to share how very impressed he has been with the service provided.  He told us: “Manuscripts are processed very efficiently and rapidly on a day to basis and because there is more than one person supporting our journal there is always cover even during staff holidays.”

We have also worked with the journal to help with improving many aspects of workflow, including their reviewer database, and processes to speed up decisions and make them more efficient.

Partner feedback

  • Remarkable review speed improvement
  • Smooth handover
  • Efficient, collaborative experience 
  • Support and advice 
  • Warmly recommended


At a glance:


The time from submission to first decision has reduced by 18 days

Remarkable results.

Whilst we are delighted that the journal sees our services as efficient and effective, we are even more pleased to see the marked and measurable improvements we have been able to make on their review ‘turnaround’ times. 

Together, we have managed to improve review speeds markedly. The time to first decision has been reduced from 32 to 14 days, and the time to final decision has been reduced from 43 to 32 days.


Annette Butler, one of our Editorial Assistants, along with other members of the EOL team, have also helped the associate editors working on IJS with how to make better use of Scholar One, offering support and advice.

Working together has been a very pleasant and collaborative experience and we are so pleased that Hugh and the team would recommend us to other journals.

“Working with the Editorial Office has been a very pleasant and collaborative experience and I would warmly recommend them to other journals.”

Prof Hugh Markus, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of StrokeVisit World Stroke Organisation website