We ask peer reviewers to make every reasonable effort to ensure the following criteria are taken into account for those submitted manuscripts they have agreed to peer review.
Although authors' identities are normally anonymised, content within a manuscript may reveal an author's identity, or aspects of identity. In such cases, a peer reviewer of a manuscript must give unbiased consideration to each manuscript submitted for consideration for publication, and should judge each on its merits, without regard to race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the author (s).
A peer reviewer should declare any conflict of interest when the manuscript under review is related to the peer reviewer's own work. A peer reviewer should not evaluate a manuscript authored or co-authored by a person with whom the peer reviewer has a personal or professional connection if the relationship would bias judgment of the manuscript.
A peer reviewer should treat the peer review process as entirely confidential, and neither the submitted manuscript, nor information about the submitted manuscript, nor correspondence related to their peer review should be shared or circulated to any person not engaged in the peer review process.
A peer reviewer should provide a comprehensive, evidenced, and appropriately substantial peer review report.
A peer reviewer should be alert to the failure of authors to cite relevant work by other scientists, and should call to the Editor-In-Chief / Journal Editor's attention any significant similarity between the manuscript under consideration and any published paper or any manuscript submitted concurrently to another journal of which she or he is aware.
A peer reviewer should make all reasonable effort to submit her or his report and recommendation in a timely manner.
A peer reviewer must avoid making statements in submitted articles which might be construed as impugning any person's reputation.
An author must declare any potential conflict of interest that might be affected by publication of the results contained in a manuscript, and acknowledge funding.