Code of Conduct for Editors

All editors should declare to the publisher any competing or conflicting interest as well as the existence of any personal or financial relationships which may constitute such conflict or give the appearance of this.


The Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors published by the Publications Integrity and Ethics (PIE). The Code is available from the Publications Integrity and Ethics (PIE) websites and can be requested from the Publisher at any time.


The publishing house has created a mechanism for appeals against decisions, especially on manuscript rejection which the editors are encouraged to engage with.


We recommend that editors do not make decisions regarding submitted manuscripts which may pose a conflict of interests. In these instances, a senior member of the Editorial Board (such as a Deputy Editor or Executive Editor) should be assigned to assume responsibility for overseeing peer-review and making decisions regarding acceptance or rejection. Editors should ensure that research manuscripts that are accepted for publication in the Journal have been assessed by an adequate number of peer-reviewers within the resources reasonably available to the journal's editorial board. In special circumstances, editorial decisions may be made on the basis of a  reviewer's report in combination with editorial assessment. The Editor(s)-in-Chief will ensure Editorial Board members are not involved with the review or decision process of any manuscript where they have a conflict of interest.


The majority of publications of the journal will be from external authors although Editors may publish in the journal. In these cases then a senior member of the Editorial Board (such as a Deputy Editor or Executive Editor) will be assigned responsibility for overseeing peer-review and making decisions regarding acceptance or rejection of any manuscript submitted and/or co-authored by the other Editor.


The Editor(s)-in-Chief should maintain the anonymity of peer reviewers for any journal that operates a closed peer-review system.


OA Publishing London suggest that the Editors for their journals will not allow geopolitical intrusion to affect editorial decisions.


Decisions to edit and publish manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals should be based on characteristics of the manuscripts themselves and how they relate to the journal's purposes and readers. Among these characteristics are importance of the topic, originality, scientific strength, clarity and completeness of written expression, and potential interest to readers. Editors should also take into account whether studies are ethical and whether their publication might cause harm to readers or to the public interest. Editorial decisions should not be affected by the origins of the manuscript, including the nationality, ethnicity, political beliefs, race, or religion of the authors. Decisions to edit and publish should not be determined by the policies of governments or other agencies outside of the journal itself. Editors should defend this principle, as they do other principles of sound editorial practice, and enlist their colleagues' support in this effort if necessary". World Association of Medical Editors’ ; (reference sources www.wame.org/resources/policies#geopolitical).


Where the publisher has allowed the Editor(s)-in-Chief of a journal to make recommendations regarding the administration of waiver requests, these recommendations (with documented mitigation) for article-processing charge waivers (or discounts) should be when authors genuinely lack sufficient funds to cover the cost of publication. Usually these requests will be directed to the in-house publishing team who will review them on a case by case basis.