- Editors should deal with any papers assigned to them in a timely fashion.
- Editors should endeavour to handle all papers assigned to them, irrespective of the paper’s subject area, and the return of a paper to a Section Editor for reassignment should only be exceptional. Section Editors try to assign papers appropriately but also to balance loads on individual editors across the Editorial Board; sometimes the assignment of a paper whose scope is outside that of the assigned editor is unavoidable.
- Editors should provide written feedback to authors as regards any decision made even if that decision apparently follows obviously from reviewers’ comments, in which case one or two sentences summarising the reviewers’ comments is appropriate.
- Editors should monitor the performance of peer reviewers and take steps to ensure this is of high standard.
- Editors must pay close attention to the implementation of the double anonymized peer review process.