Only those manuscripts that meet the standards of the journal, and fit within its aims and scope, will be sent to expert reviewers.
The journal editor is independently responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published, guided by the results of double-blind peer-review and the COPE principles. Arguments about the importance of this work to researchers and readers should always support such decisions. The editor may be guided by the policy of the editorial board of the journal and be limited by applicable legal requirements in relation to such matters as defamation, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may consult with other editors or reviewers in making these decisions.