All submissions which pass our basic submission checks are peer reviewed and the peer review process is overseen by an Academic Editor on our Editorial Board
Academic Editors are experienced scientists in their field. They act independently from PeerJ and make independent decisions on submissions.
Individual Academic Editors take on responsibility for individual submissions. They solicit expert peer reviewers to comment on the article and they make an editorial decision based on their knowledge of the field utilizing the input of those reviewers.
We typically expect that all submissions will be reviewed by two external peer reviewers (in addition to the Academic Editor).
Academic Editors are required to treat all submissions confidentially; to declare any potential conflicts of interest; and to adhere to the highest prevailing standards of publication ethics.
The Academic Editor who made the Acceptance decision is named on all published articles.