Reviewers should have no conflict of interest
Reviewed articles ARE being treated confidentially prior to their publication
Relations with reviewers
Editors should publish guidance to reviewers on everything that is expected of them. This guidance should be regularly updated and should refer or link to this code.
Editors ensure that peer reviewers’ identities are protected, erasing all the informations about the reviewers, when send the evaluation document to author.
The peer-review process
Editors ensure that material submitted to their journal remains confidential while under review.
Editors follow the procedure set out in this COPE flowchart.
Editors should respond promptly to complaints and should ensure there is a way for dissatisfied complainants to take complaints further, using firstname.lastname@example.org address.
Cogent criticisms of published work will be published unless Editors have convincing reasons why they cannot be. Authors of criticised material have the opportunity to respond.
COPE Code of Conduct