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Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here. Authors are allowed to suggest up to three potential reviewers in their cover letter, but they should not suggest recent collaborators (individuals they wrote with, within the last three years) or colleagues who work in the same institution as themselves (and they will not find out which reviewers were invited).

Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    43 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    28 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    128 days from submission to acceptance
    24 days from acceptance to publication


    Citation Impact
    4.096 - 2-year Impact Factor
    3.929 - 5-year Impact Factor

    Usage
    460,369 downloads
    204 Altmetric mentions

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