Duties of Reviewers
- only agree to review manuscripts for which they have the subject expertise required to carry out a proper assessment.
- provide journals with personal and professional information that is accurate and a true representation of their expertise.
- respect the confidentiality of peer review and not reveal any details of a manuscript or its review, during or after the peer-review process, beyond those that are released by the journal.
- avoid using information obtained during the peer-review process for their own or any other person’s or organization’s advantage, or to disadvantage or discredit others.
- be objective and constructive in their reviews, refraining from being hostile or inflammatory and from making libellous or derogatory personal comments.
- refrain from allowing their reviews to be influenced by the origins of a manuscript, by the nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender or other characteristics of the authors, or by commercial considerations.
- declare all potential conflicting interests, seeking advice from the journal if they are unsure whether something constitutes a relevant interest.
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