The editor in chief assigns the editor for each manuscript (authors should not request a specific editor).
However, authors are encouraged to suggest up to three current associate editors and five reviewers they consider most appropriate for their manuscript (this applies to new submissions only).
Do not suggest people who have already seen the manuscript, nor anyone with whom you might have a conflict of interest.
We may not always invite suggested associated editors or reviewers (depending on availability and other factors), but it is very useful to see who authors believe would be most knowledgeable about their manuscript, both in terms of substance and methods used.
To suggest associate editors:
- In Step 6 of the submission process, suggest up to three of our current associate editors in your confidential cover letter to the editor.
- Provide full names and briefly explain why these associate editors are appropriate.
To suggest reviewers:
- In Step 5 of the submission process, enter up to five reviewers appropriate for your manuscript.
- You may recommend Editorial Review Board members, ad hoc reviewers who have previously reviewed for JCR, or others.
- You may also enter any reviewers who you believe should not review the submission due to a conflict of interest or other reason.
- Provide full names, institutional affiliations, emails, and a brief explanation for each suggestion.
- Make sure to choose the appropriate designation (i.e., preferred or opposed).
Conflicts of Interest
Authors should mention all possible conflicts of interest in their cover letter to the editor.
A conflict of interest (COI) is any relationship that might bias or give the appearance of bias in reviewer assessments or editorial decisions, e.g., current or recent former colleagues, co-authors on other work, advisers, students, close friends or relations, or anyone who has seen or provided comments on earlier drafts of the manuscript.
See our Conflict of Interest Policy.