• Canadian Critical Care Trials Group
    The Canadian Critical Care Trials Group (CCCTG) is a highly collegial group that is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and advancement of critical care research in Canada.
  • Canadian Critical Care Trials Group
    The CCCTG has are more than 30 research programs underway and over 100 peer-reviewed publications to its credit, with direct impact on clinical practice in critical care.
  • Canadian Critical Care Trials Group
    The Canadian Critical Care Trials Group (CCCTG) is a national organization of more than 300 individuals with research interests in the management of the critically ill patient.
  • Canadian Critical Care Trials Group
    Endorsement by the CCCTG communicates our full commitment to ensure that the work is undertaken in a rigorous and ethical manner, and communicated in a timely and effective way.

Grants & Manuscript Review

The grants and manuscripts review is co-chaired by Dr Lauralyn McIntyre and Dr Alexis Turgeon. The primary aim of the Grants and Manuscripts committee of the CCCTG is to enable rigorous, transparent, and timely feedback to CCCTG investigators to improve the quality and ultimately increase the chances of successful funding and publication. A brief overview of the terms and reference of the committee is presented below.

All grants and manuscripts bearing the CCCTG name are submitted for internal peer review before submission.  The review process is intricate to the excellence of the research and success of our researchers.

Recently, our internal peer-review process was formally evaluated.  To learn more about the results of the evaluation, download the Canadian Respiratory Journal article.


Terms and reference

  1. Mandate, scope and eligibility: All grants and manuscripts that have been presented and are formally adopted as CCCTG research programs need to undergo an internal peer review process that is coordinated by the Grants and Manuscripts committee.
  2. Pre-review by the co-investigators or co-authors: All co-investigators/co-authors must approve the application/manuscript before it is sent out to the committee for review. The G&M committee will review guideline manuscripts only after the CCCTG Guidelines Committee has signed off.
  3. Reviewers: All members of the CCCTG who have relevant content and/or methods expertise can serve as reviewers. The co-chairs of the Grants and Manuscripts committee allocate grants and manuscripts for review according to expertise, and with the spirit of ‘spreading the work around’ to all potential reviewers.
  4. Time frame and deadline for submission: Authors are required to submit their grants or manuscripts t4 the Grants and Manuscripts committee for review at least 2 weeks before the grant deadline or the anticipated date of manuscript submission. Investigators/authors inform the Grants and Manuscripts committee of the date that they plan to submit their grant/manuscript and the date the grant is due at the granting agency. The Grants and Manuscripts committee endeavors to have reviews completed within approximately 2 weeks (circumstances pending) from the date of submission of the last version of the grant/manuscript forwarded to the committee.
  5. Reviewer number and selection: Each grant/manuscript are reviewed by 2 independent reviewers. Most documents benefit from one methodologic review and one content review. In rare circumstances, the Grants and Manuscripts committee may request a third review (e.g., Clinical Practice Guidelines, discordant reviews etc). In the rare event of a legitimate request for rapid turn-around of CCCTG reviews (eg. for a time-sensitive report), the Grants and Manuscripts committee select reviewers who are able to meet required timelines. If an investigator/author states a preference for a particular reviewer, the Grants and Manuscripts committee makes an effort to request a review from this person.
  6. Review responses: Reviewers must send their reviews to both the Grants and Manuscripts committee (so as to keep track of the process), and the primary author or investigator within 2 weeks of receipt of the documents for review (unless there is a request for rapid turn-around).
  7. Record of reviews: The Grants and Manuscripts committee keeps a record of who has been requested to review and capture data on when and whether the review was declined, accepted, or there was no response to a request for review.