- Determine whether a submitted manuscript is appropriate and within the scope of the Journal.
- Select expert reviewers (i.e., referees) and an area editor to evaluate the submitted manuscript.
- Render a final editorial decision on each manuscript based on journal priorities, other similar manuscripts in process and related considerations.
- Communicate directly with the author and the review team.
- Schedule accepted manuscripts for publication.
- Balance workloads for the area editors and reviewers.
- Resolve any conflicts.
Fair Play: The editors should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
Confidentiality: The editors and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest: Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.
Involvement and cooperation in investigations: The editors should take reasonably responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.