Instruction for editors

Editor roles and responsibilities

  1. Providing guidelines to authors for preparing and submitting manuscripts
  2. Providing a clear statement of the Journal’s policies on authorship criteria
  3. Treating all authors with fairness, courtesy, objectivity, honesty, and transparency
  4. Establishing and defining policies on conflicts of interest for all involved in the publication process, including editors, staff, authors, and reviewers
  5. Protecting the confidentiality of every author’s work
  6. Establishing a system for effective and rapid peer review
  7. Making editorial decisions with reasonable speed and communicating them in a clear and constructive manner
  8. Being vigilant in avoiding the possibility of editors and/or referees delaying a manuscript for suspect reasons
  9. Establishing clear guidelines for authors regarding acceptable practices for sharing experimental materials and information, particularly those required to replicate the research, before and after publication
  10. Establishing a procedure for reconsidering editorial decisions
  11. Describing, implementing, and regularly reviewing policies for handling ethical issues and allegations or findings of misconduct by authors and anyone involved in the peer review process
  12. Informing authors of solicited manuscripts that the submission will be evaluated according to the journal’s standard procedures or outlining the decision-making process if it differs from those procedures
  13. Developing mechanisms, in cooperation with the publisher, to ensure timely publication of accepted manuscripts
  14. Clearly communicating all other editorial policies and standards