Editor & Reviewer Nominations by Authors

Authors should offer nominations for both the senior editor and, when appropriate, an associate editor to review their manuscript. Note that the editor-in-chief may play the role of a senior editor in this process.

Authors should nominate at least two choices for both senior editor and associate editor. Nominees for senior editor and associate editor must be current members of the Editorial Board.

Authors should also offer reviewer nominations. Authors are encouraged to nominate up to four candidates for reviewers. A nominee for reviewer should be knowledgeable about the topics or methods found in the paper. An attempt will be made to select at least one of the authors’ reviewer nominations. In addition to the nominee’s name, please provide the nominee’s e-mail address and current affiliation.

On rare occasions, the editor-in-chief may consider an author’s nomination of a senior editor emeritus to serve as senior editor for the author’s manuscript. A key condition in assigning a senior editor emeritus to review a manuscript is that they must possess highly specialized knowledge, and this knowledge must be deemed necessary to evaluate the manuscript. The editor-in-chief will not approve such a nomination if a current senior editor is deemed to be able to handle the manuscript effectively. Approval of such a nomination also depends on the availability and willingness of the senior editor emeritus. Authors who would like to nominate a senior editor emeritus must submit their manuscript and a justification for the nomination to the editor-in-chief. They should not personally approach the senior editor emeritus.

The editor-in-chief may exercise discretion to choose any person (including a current associate editor) to act as a senior editor for a manuscript. Upon receiving a manuscript, a senior editor may forward it to the editor-in-chief with the recommendation that an acting or special editor be considered. This will occur only if no member of the editorial board has the knowledge, skills, experience, or capacity to take responsibility for the paper, and these appointments must be approved by the editor-in-chief.

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